17 Ways To Use Spent Coffee Grounds


Coffee has many other uses that just waking you up in the morning. This compiled list of ways to use your spent coffee grounds will keep you enjoying your coffee even after you have enjoyed your morning cup! After seeing just how many different things you can do with spent coffee grounds, you will never throw them out again.

  1. Use as a Pest Repellent – Sprinkle used coffee grounds on plants to keep pest like ants, snails and slugs away.
  2. Fertilize Garden – Add spent coffee grounds to your garden to add nitrogen and potassium to the soil. The coffee grounds will also boost magnesium, which plants need to stay healthy.
  3. Grow Bigger Carrots – Mix your carrot seeds with coffee grounds to give them an energy boost. It will help produce bigger and better carrots.
  4. Absorb Food Odors – Coffee grounds can be used like baking soda to absorb food odors in your refrigerator and freezer. Place your coffee grounds into a container and place the container in the back of the fridge.
  5. Use as a Natural Abrasive – Sprinkle used coffee grounds on an old cleaning cloth and scrub away stuck on food left behind on counters or pots and pans. Coffee grounds are not harsh and won’t damage surfaces, however, be sure to not rub the grounds on cracks to avoid leaving stains.
  6. Clean Out Fireplace – Cover ashes with coffee grounds to give them weight. The extra weight will help keep the airborne dust cloud from forming when removing the ashes.
  7. coffee cup cut outExfoliate Skin – Adding used coffee grounds to water creates a scrub that can be rubbed on your skin to remove dead skin cells.
  8. Rejuvenating Facial – Create the perfect alpha-hydroxy and antioxidant facial. Use 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds with an equal amount of organic cocoa powder. Add 3 tablespoons of whole milk or heavy cream and top it off with a heaping tablespoon of honey.
  9. “Salt” Your Walks – Spent coffee grounds have a gravel like consistency, which aid in keeping your sidewalks from being slippery in the winter. The acid in the coffee grounds helps to melt ice quicker.
  10. Remove Build Up on Hair – Before your next shampoo grab a handful of used coffee grounds and massage into hair. The grounds will help breakdown the excess build up, giving your hair a lift and restoring its natural shine.
  11. Treat Cellulite – Treat cellulite with a simple mix of used coffee grounds and warm water used as a scrub for 10 minutes twice a week on affected areas. Results should be apparent with in 4 weeks of steady treatment.
  12. Hide Furniture Scratches – Dipping a cotton swab into steeped grounds and dabbing on scratches in dark wood furniture will minimize their appearance. (Test first on an area less seen.)
  13. Antique Paper – Dip paper in a soapy mix of coffee grounds and water. Let the paper sit a minute or two in the water and remove to dry. Once dry brush off the coffee grounds to get antique looking paper.
  14. Keep Cats Out – Keep your neighbor’s cats out of your garden by sprinkling a mix of orange peels and coffee grounds around your plants.
  15. Create a Meat Rub – Coffee grounds can be used to tenderize your meat and used as an added spice to create a smoky flavor.
  16. Make Paint – Make a nontoxic paint by mixing coffee grounds and water together.
  17. Develop a Natural Flea Bath – Adding coffee grounds to your dogs shampoo will create a natural flea repellent.