20 Surprising Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

Surprising Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

Many people love to drink coffee. Every day several pots of coffee are brewed in just about every home and business.These used coffee grinds can add up quickly and it seems like such waste to just dump them in the trash.

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It turns out that there are actually many reasons why we should not dump them out. The following are some ways to reuse those old coffee grounds.


1. Scented soap

Coffee is a great deodorizer and if you enjoy the scent of coffee then why not try making your own coffee soap.

2. DIY body scrub

Mix some grounds with a little warm water or a little natural oil. Coconut Oil is a really good one to try. Then scrub your skin to exfoliate and help remove any dead skin cells.

3. Remove dark circles from under your eyes

Simply apply damp coffee grounds under your eyes and leave on for about 15 minutes.

4. Remove build-up from your hair

Before you shampoo your hair take a handful of dry coffee grounds and massage them into your hair.

5. Remove strong food odors from your hands

To get rid of strong food smells after handling fish, garlic, or onions rub coffee grounds over your hands. Rinse well.


6. Unblock a clogged sink

Pour some grounds into the drain followed by a small amount of dish liquid and a few cups of boiling water.

7. Remove odors especially in the fridge or kitchen 

Simply dry out some grounds then place in a container and leave it wherever you have odors.

8. Remove scratches from wood furniture

Using equal parts of vinegar and warm water mix in enough grounds to form a paste. Rub the paste onto scratches using a soft dry cloth.

9. Clean stuck on dirt or stains from dishes or kitchen counter tops

Add some grounds and soapy water to a bucket then wipe over the area using a cloth.

10. Clean your grill

Since coffee has a grainy texture it works really well to remove stuck on foods and grease.

11. Clean the fireplace

Prior to removing the cooled ashes from the fireplace sprinkle some damp coffee grounds over the ashes. Leave for about 15 minutes and then remove the coffee grounds and ashes as you normally would.

12. Extend the life of your flowers

Mix in some coffee grounds with the soil in the vase.

13. Make scented candles

All you need is a coffee cup with grounds, and some leftover wax ends from other candles. Simply take used coffee grounds and glue or melt them into candle wax.

14. Use as a natural dye

Soak used grounds in hot water and use as a bath for dying fabric, eggs, or paper.

Garden and Pets:

15. Add it to a compost pile

Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen so they create excellent "green matter".

16. Non-toxic pest removal

Deter slugs, snails, ants, and other pests from your garden. Just sprinkle the used grounds in the areas you want to rid them from.

17. Keep the worms you are using for bait alive

Mix in some grounds to a cup of soil and then place the worms inside. The nutrients in the coffee will extend their life longer.

18. Boost your carrot or radish harvest

Mix fresh grounds with the seeds. This makes it easier to sow and will also deter pests. 

19. Help keep cats away from your garden

Mix grounds with some orange peels and sprinkle the areas you have seen cats using as a restroom.

20. Help get rid of fleas naturally

After shampooing and before rinsing rub some grounds into your dogs fur.

Surprising Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

Do you know of any surprising ways to reuse coffee grounds?

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