7 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Used Coffee Grounds

I you’re like most coffee lovers and myself, you can’t start your day without a delicious cup of your favorite coffee blend. I literally wake up in the morning, use the restroom, and get my coffee… literally in that order. My family is used to it and if I deviate from that routine, there are problems! Lately though, I started to think about what to do with those seemingly useless old coffee grounds or leftover cups of cold coffee. Who am I kidding, I rarely have leftover cups of coffee, but those grounds, yeah, they always go into the garbage can. I wonder if I could reuse and recycle used coffee grounds so there is less waste?


7 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Used Coffee Grounds


Old coffee grounds are excellent to add to your composting pile. Not only do they increase the acidity of your soil, but they also act as a natural fertilizer. (Be careful not too add too many coffee grounds or else you may create a composting material that is too acidic.)

Indoor plants

Sprinkle some of the grounds or add 1/4 cup of BLACK coffee mixed with 3/4 cup of water (no cream or sweeteners) to your houseplant’s soil. Most of them will love this boost of acidity! Make sure you do a little research first, some plants don’t do well with too much acidity.

Java Hair Rinse

I know, I know, you’re likely rolling your eyes at this tip, but I’ve heard that coffee makes a great hair rinse, I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard great things. If you have dark hair, use leftover coffee as a final hair rinse to add super shine. And, a delicious scent as a great bonus.

Crazy Skin Pack

Mix together coconut oil, finely ground cocao, and used dried coffee grounds. Make sure the mixture is a thick paste and apply to your face using circular motions. Avoid getting the mixture in your eyes, nose and mouth. Leave on for at least 15 minutes up to an hour. Rinse off with warm water and enjoy your glowing skin!

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Odor Neutralizer

This is one tip I discovered entirely by accident. Put old coffee grounds in a cheesecloth, tie it up and put it at the bottom of your garbage can, it will help neutralize the disgusting smells coming from the can! You can do the same thing

in a litter box, place the grounds in a cheesecloth, tie it up and place it close to where the litterbox is to help mask the smell of cat urine & feces.

Ant control

Pouring old coffee grounds around areas in your garden that are prone to ants will help get rid of them! Ants apparently hate coffee and won’t cross a line of coffee grounds.

Furniture Scratches

Have some glass rings? Use some very strong coffee on furniture scratches. Dip a cotton swab into old, strong coffee and use on dark wood furniture to hide scratches.


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