18 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

2 January 2013

Used coffee grounds are amazing for your garden, household, and even you!

We have a customer that uses the grounds as an exfoliant for her body.

See below for other creative suggestions and pop into one of our stores to grab a bag of the stuff….


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: If you want to keep cats 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. Vermicomposters can feed coffee grounds to the worms. Just be careful, since grounds are acidic. Too much isn’t good for those wigglers.


6. Closet deodorizer: Old pantyhose plus coffee grounds equals

a sachet to keep your closet free of odors. Stick a sachet of dried coffee grounds into a smelly pair of shoes to get rid of the stink. Scrub your hands with spent coffee grounds after chopping onion or garlic to get the smell off of your skin

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.

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.


15. Hand soap: Rub grounds on your hands to get rid of stubborn odors like onion and garlic.

16. Face mask: An egg white mixed with 1/4 cup grounds makes a great exfoliating face mask. Mix with mashed avocado for an invigorating 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.