Coffee is like the nectar of the Gods in my house so I am always looking for ways to reuse coffee grounds around the house. We have a pot in the morning to get us moving and fueled for the day. Then we hit that afternoon slump around 3 PM and I make another small pot just so I have enough energy to make dinner and deal with after school activities. Sound familiar? I bet a lot of you are just as addicted to that caffeinated goodness as I am. As a result of my frequent coffee consumption, I am left with a LOT of old coffee grounds. Instead of throwing them away, here are a few ways to reuse coffee grounds around the house. Check out my post on choosing sustainable coffee companies before you shop for your next bag of bean!
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10 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds
While you could always reuse coffee grounds to make another cup of coffee, it isn’t always quite a tasty. Here are a few ways to reuse coffee grounds around the house that won’t leave you feeling unsatisfied!
There are many ways to reuse coffee grounds in the garden. Mixed into the soil, used coffee grounds make a great fertilizer for your plants. Sprinkled directly underneath your garden plant and they make a wonderful deterrent against snails, ants, caterpillars and other creepy crawlies that want to eat those succulent leaves. Coffee grounds are a favorite food of earthworms so if you have a worm composter make sure you add your old coffee grounds to it.
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Place your used coffee grounds into an open topped container and place it in the refrigerator. The coffee grounds will absorb odors from your fridge just like baking soda does.
Add color to assorted things:
Used coffee grounds make a great way to create a natural light brown dye. You can soak your used coffee grounds in hot water, strain the grounds out, and use the resulting water to dye paper, Easter eggs, feathers, cloth, and other assorted household items.
Heath and beauty products:
Coffee is actually good for the skin. There are some studies that show caffeine may inhibit certain types of skin cancer. You can make Coffee and Brown Sugar Shea Butter Scrub or homemade soap or even include coffee grounds in homemade candles. Put your homemade candles in a candle holder made from upcycled coffee mugs!
Clean your pots and pans:
In your dog’s bath:
Repair scratched furniture:
Make coffee ground fossils:
As an acne fighter:
Reuse coffee grounds as a fireplace cleaner:
How do YOU reuse coffee grounds around the house?
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.