Reuse your Coffee

Have you been brushing up on this weeks challenge?

Did you know there are lots of ways you can reuse coffee grounds instead of just throwing them in the garbage? Here’s a short list:

21 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds (and Coffee)
In the garden:
1. Organic fertilizer: Sprinkle them in the soil of plants that love acidic soils, especially rosebushes (my roses *love* coffee grounds!), rhododendrons, camellias, evergreens, carrots, and radishes.
2. Organic pest and ant repellent: Sprinkle areas where ants, slugs, and snails hang out and destroy your garden.
3. Organic cat repellent: Yes, I love cats, but if you want to keep them out of your plants and garden, coffee grounds will do the trick.
4. Mushroom growing soil: Inoculated mushroom plugs nestled into moist coffee grounds can mean a great mushroom crop for you. Put grounds in a glass container and press a mushroom plug into them, repeating with more grounds and mushroom plugs until you run out of room. If you see mold, just remove it.
5. Bait worm life support: Add coffee grounds to soil to help keep bait worms alive longer.

In the house:
6. Closet deodorizer: Old pantyhose plus coffee grounds equals a sachet to keep your closet free of odors.
7. Refrigerator and freezer deodorizer: Place ground in a small cup and in the fridge or freezer much as you would baking soda.
8. Pin cushion filler: If you still use pin cushions (like I do), dried coffee grounds are a great filler for the cushions.
9. Abrasive cleaner: For stubborn grease and stains on pots and pans, coffee grounds really get in there and do the job.
10. Dust deflector: We’re talking about the fireplace here; sprinkle coffee grounds on ashes before you start collecting them to minimize the dust. I *love* this tip and use it often.
11. Furniture scratch toucher upper: Use a Q-tip and coffee grounds to fill in scratches on wooden furniture–remember the coffee will stain the wood a bit, so don’t use it on something that won’t match.
12. Drain cleaner: Be careful with this one as you don’t want to clog your drain with coffee grounds! *But* to counter odors coming from your drain, you can pour about a half a cup of coffee grains down the drain followed by boiling hot water to get the grounds through. No more smells!
13. Meat tenderizer: This is one for leftover coffee as opposed to coffee grounds; soak steaks in coffee to tenderize and for an interesting added flavor.
14. Chocolate cake flavorer: Used grounds and fresh grounds both give a little kick to chocolate baked goods, including brownies.

In your beauty routine:
Natural Coffee Soap by BungalowBathBody

15. Hand soap: Rub grounds on your hands to get rid of stubborn odors like onion and garlic. In fact, the soap I use in my kitchen is made with used coffee grounds. 
16. Face mask: An egg white mixed with 1/4 cup grounds makes a great exfoliating face mask.
17. Hair rinse: After washing your hair, rub in coffee grounds for shine, softness, and even a bit of color for those of you who are dark-haired; remember coffee grounds act as a dye, so if you have light hair, unless you want highlights, this one isn’t for you.
18. Cellulite rub: Mix one tablespoon of olive oil with 1/4 cup moist, warm coffee grounds and spread on cellulite hot spots. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, leave on for a few minutes, and then remove wrap and shower as normal. For best results, do a couple times a week. If anyone tries this, you *must* let me know how it turns out.

For fun:
19. Dye: Use a mix of coffee grounds and water to dye clothing, paper, or even Easter eggs.
20. Tattoo base: Make homemade temporary tattoos using coffee grounds and henna.

And finally, on your doggie:
21. Dog flea dip: I haven’t had the nerve to try this one yet, but next bath time, my dogs are getting some coffee grounds rubbed into them after the shampoo and rinse routine.
By the by, even if you don’t drink coffee, you can ask your local coffee shops and other places that serve coffee for their grounds, and start reusing them. The environment will thank you!

Check out Joey Green's Wacky Uses for Coffee Filters too!

Do you currently reuse coffee grounds? How?
If you don’t reuse coffee grounds, which of these suggestions might you try?


  1. Whoa..not only are these great ideas, but an excuse for another cup-o-joe!

  2. One thing I learned on my road trip... bring your own 1) Cup 2) Creamer- I think I drink my French Vanilla Creamer with a little coffee on the side. I'm looking forward to some good joe when I get up tomorrow morning!

  3. If you have kiddos...dry out the coffee grounds to make "dinosaur dust." You need 3 parts coffee grounds, 3 parts cornmeal, and one part salt. Put it in a large container and hide some dinosaurs or dinosaur bones it it. Get some "diggers" and paintbrushes and go on a "dig" Hours of fun!

  4. Terra thats a fun idea! I'll have to try it!

  5. Awesome post, Jenelle~ Thanks for sharing it with Upcyclers!

  6. I never knew coffee grounds had all these uses! I only saved them for my roses, but there's just too much more left. Definitely gonna deodorize and tenderize with it now. And maybe this brunette will try the rinse, too.

  7. Coffee grounds and dried leaves = very nutrient rich compost. With all the coffee I drink, I swear my compost tub is mostly used coffee! And thank goodness 'cause my green bean plans and peppers loved the stuff as much as I do!


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