15 Uses for Coffee Grounds

15 Uses for Coffee Grounds

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When you’re all done making coffee for the day, you’re probably used to opening your coffee maker and disposing of the coffee grounds. What if you didn’t have to throw them away? Instead of tossing the coffee grounds in the trash, check out these 15 great uses for coffee grounds that can indeed come in handy.

15 Uses for Coffee Grounds

15 Uses for Coffee Grounds

1. Homemade Body Scrub

Prepare a homemade body scrub using coffee grounds as the base. You can mix it with olive oil or coconut oil, brown sugar, and a few drops of essential oils to create the perfect scrub. Once you’ve combined your ingredients, use it in the shower to exfoliate your arms, legs, hands, and feet. It also works great on the thighs to help combat cellulite.

2. Fertilizer in the Garden

Use coffee grounds in your soil to help fertilize the garden. It’s good for the soil and the plants you’re growing because it can improve the quality of the soil by adding the nutrients from the coffee grounds. It creates a better environment for your plants to grow and thrive. It also improves water retention to prevent the soil from becoming too dry. You don’t want the soil to dry out because you could end up with wilted and withered plants. This is one of my favorite uses for coffee grounds.

3. Pest Control in the Backyard

If you have annoying slugs and snails in your backyard or garden area, use coffee grounds to help get rid of them. It’s a safe way to keep these pests away without causing harm to your plants. If you’d rather take a natural approach instead of using harsh pest control chemical products, coffee grounds will work wonders at killing and keeping snails and slugs from accessing your crops.

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4. Get Rid of Fridge Odors

Do you often smell a strange odor in your fridge? Many people experience this from time to time. If you don’t like the smell, you can add your coffee grounds to a plastic container that allows air access to the coffee grounds, place the container in the back of the fridge, and allow it to work its magic. When you open your fridge, you’ll smell nothing but the heavenly scent of coffee instead of any foul odors that you’d normally smell.

5. Awakening Facial Scrub

Use coffee grounds to prepare an awakening facial scrub that can make you feel more alert. Combine the coffee grounds with a bit of jojoba oil and castile soap to create a gentle scrub that you can apply to your face. It’s a great scrub to use in the morning when you’re still tired because it’s going to make you feel more energized and ready to take on the day.

6. Clean Dirty Pots 

If you’re having difficulty getting stains and food grime off some of the pots you use to cook your food, first sprinkle the coffee grounds in those pots. Then take a scrub brush and rub it back and forth with the coffee grounds to work on breaking up the grime and eventually getting rid of it. It’s an easy trick that works wonders.

7. Feed the Worms

Do you have compost with worms that you’re planning on using in your garden? If so, add some coffee grounds to it. The worms will enjoy consuming the coffee grounds material. Most importantly, it makes your compost even better for the soil because it will create even better conditions for your plants when applied to the soil.

8. Scrub Your Hands With It After Mincing Garlic

Do you like to chop and mince your garlic from fresh garlic cloves? One of the only things you probably don’t like about it is the odor that the garlic leaves behind on your hands. If you want to get rid of the odor on your hands within minutes, scrub your hands with the coffee grounds. The pungent smell of the coffee overpowers that garlic scent, making it possible for you to remove the odor with ease.

9. Use It on Your Scalp

Did you know that you can use coffee grounds on your scalp? Whether you have a dry scalp or an oily one, you can apply the coffee grounds to the scalp and gently rub them around on the roots of your hair. It’s a great way to exfoliate, get rid of dead skin cells, and encourage healthy hair growth. Some people believe the caffeine from the coffee grounds stimulates the hair to grow faster. If you want to have long, beautiful hair, why not give it a try?

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10. Get Rid of Foot Odor

When your feet smell bad because you were wearing your socks for a long time or your feet were sweating, rinse them with cold water and then scrub them with your coffee grounds. The ground coffee bits will work quickly to eliminate that odor, leaving you with fresh, clean, and exfoliated feet that smell much better.

11. Make Bath Treatment Balls With It

If you know how to make bath treatment balls using things like shea butter, oils, sea salt, cocoa butter, and some vitamin E, you can sprinkle the coffee grounds into some of your mixtures to make bath treatment balls that will leave you feeling energized and awake. Some other ingredients to try would include citric acid, sweet almond oil, and Epsom salts.

12. Put It In Your Garbage Disposal

Does your garbage disposal often smell bad? If you can smell a foul odor coming from it, put 1/4 teaspoon of the coffee grounds in the disposal with a cup of ice and allow it to run for a few minutes. It helps clean out the unwanted remnants in the garbage disposal and eliminate that odor so that your kitchen won’t smell bad.

13. Add It to Your Wax Warmer

You can sprinkle your coffee grounds on top of some of your favorite wax melts and then add them to your wax warmer. It will leave your house smelling like a freshly-brewed cup of your favorite coffee. Mark would not go for this, he does not like the smell of coffee. But to each his own, I guess.

14. Place It Under Your Eyes for Instant Revitalization

Make your eyes look brighter and more youthful by applying some of the coffee grounds underneath your eyes. After you use it, allow it to sit and soak into the skin for 10-15 minutes before wiping it away with a wet cloth. Be careful not to get the grounds directly in your eyes!

15. Make a Lip Scrub

Use coffee grounds to prepare a lip scrub. You can combine the grounds with sweet almond oil to create a simple and sweet lip scrub that exfoliates the dead skin, leaving your lips soft, smooth, and more plump.

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Final Word 

Instead of trashing your coffee grounds, put them to good use. These are just 15 of the ways that you can use them when you’re through preparing your daily coffee. What are some uses for coffee grounds that you’d like to share? May God Bless this world, Linda.

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  1. We use the pods with our K-cup pot. I can save hubby’s pods, empty the coffee out and use the rinsed cups as seed starters. I drink hot tea in the mornings instead of coffee. I have much caffeine. It makes me painful.

  2. I have alkaline soil so adding coffee grounds to certain acidic soil loving plants like Hydrangea, Rhododendrons and Blueberries is really helpful. It takes a lot of supplemental fertilizer to keep these plants happy in my yard. I have a friend who goes to coffee shops like Starbucks and brings home a bucketful! Now we’ve started composting I think I’ll do that too!

    1. Hi Kay, I went there and got 3 huge bags, like kitchen size bags. Not the black garbage ones. Starbucks has a bin upfront that anyone can take. If you want more they will give you all you want. I love those flowers!! I have never grown blueberries, how fun. Linda

  3. I have made homemade soap with coffee grounds. It didn’t turn out quite like I anticipated. There was no coffee scent nor did it turn into a scrub type soap. I think I was hoping for at least a scrubbing effect! It did turn out pretty – sort of marbled with light color and the coffee ground color. If I do this again, however, I think that I won’t use used grounds but just get some beans and coarsely grind them before adding to the soap base.

    1. Hi Leanne, oh that sounds awesome, grind them a little less or maybe more coarse??? Making the melt and pour soap (easy) is addicting. It’s so creative, I was afraid I put too much of the essential oils in the molds, but I should have put more. Live and learn! Linda

  4. Be careful of putting coffee grounds down the garbage disposal as they clog the drain (the coffee is too small for the grinder on the garbage disposal). And coffee is a very rich nitrogen source so will mold quite quickly, as you may see if you compost them or use the directly on plants.

    1. Hi Monica, thank you for the reminder. I only use 1/4 teaspoon but I know to be careful. I just added that to the post. Thank you!! I remember in my garden I had to use something to offset the nitrogen when I tried to stop the neighborhood cats from using my raised garden beds as their litter box. Thanks again, Linda

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