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 thatlove acidic soils, especially rosebushes (my roses *love* co麍eegrounds!), rhododendrons, camellias, evergreens, carrots,and radishes.

2. Organic pest and ant repellent: Sprinkle areas whereants, slugs, and snails hang out and destroy your garden.

3. Organic cat repellent: If you want tokeep cats out of your plants and garden, co麍ee grounds willdo the trick.

4. Mushroom growing soil: Inoculated mushroom plugsnestled into moist co麍ee grounds can mean a greatmushroom crop for you. Put grounds in a glasscontainer and press a mushroom plug intothem, repeating with more groundsand mushroom plugs until you runout of room. If you see mold,just remove it.

5. Bait worm life support:Add co麍ee grounds tosoil to help keep baitworms alive longer.Vermicomposters canfeed co麍ee groundsto the worms. Just becareful, since grounds areacidic. Too much isnt goodfor those wigglers.


6. Closet deodorizer: Oldpantyhose plus co麍ee grounds equals

a sachet to keep your closet free of odors.Stick a sachet of dried co麍ee grounds into a smellypair of shoes to get rid of the stink.Scrub your hands with spent co麍ee grounds after choppingonion or garlic to get the smell o麍 of your skin

7. Refrigerator and freezer deodorizer: Place ground ina small cup and in the fridge or freezer much as you wouldbaking soda.

8. Pin cushion 麍ller: If you still use pin cushions (like I do),dried co麍ee grounds are a great 麍ller for the cushions.

9. Abrasive cleaner: For stubborn grease and stains on potsand pans, co麍ee grounds really get in there and do the job.

10. Dust de麍ector: Were talking about the 麍replace here;sprinkle co麍ee grounds on ashes before you start collectingthem to minimize the dust.

11. Furniture scratch toucher upper: Use a Q-tip and co麍eegrounds to 麍ll in scratches on wooden furniturerememberthe co麍ee will stain the wood a bit, so dont use it onsomething that wont match.

12. Drain cleaner: Be careful with this one as you dontwant to clog your drain with co麍ee grounds! *But* tocounter odors coming from your drain, you can pour about ahalf a cup of co麍ee grains down the drain followed by boilinghot water to get the grounds through. No more smells!

13. Meat tenderizer: This is one for leftover co麍ee asopposed to co麍ee grounds; soak steaks in co麍ee to tenderizeand for an interesting added 麍avor.

14. Chocolate cake 麍avorer: Used grounds and freshgrounds both give a little kick to chocolate baked goods,including brownies.


15. Hand soap: Rub groundson your hands to get rid ofstubborn odors like onionand garlic.

16. Face mask: Anegg white mixed with 1/4cup grounds makes a greatexfoliating face mask.Mix with mashedavocado for aninvigorating face mask.

17. Hair rinse: After washing your hair,rub in co麍ee grounds for shine, softness, andeven a bit of color for those of you who are dark-haired;remember co麍ee grounds act as a dye, so if you have lighthair, unless you want highlights, this one isnt for you.

18. Cellulite rub: Mix one tablespoon of olive oil with 1/4cup moist, warm co麍ee grounds and spread on cellulite hotspots. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, leave on for a fewminutes, and then remove wrap and shower as normal. Forbest results, do a couple times a week.