This is the ultimate list demonstrating how you can reuse your coffee grounds. We’ve divided all 45 ways into the following categories (click on the links to jump ahead):
Snails, slugs and ants don’t appreciate coffee. Put the used coffee grounds around the flowerbeds (instead of mixing it directly with the soil) and keep those pests away.
2. Fight the fungus http://premeditatedleftovers.com/gardening/5-ways-use-coffee-grounds-garden/
This time around, you really do need to sprinkle the coffee around the plants you’re looking to protect. Be warned, some have mentioned that mixing directly with the soil can affect pH level. However, this is only true if the coffee grounds have not been used. If washed or brewed, the pH level will be neutral.
3. Change the blossoms of Hydrangeas http://www.ehow.com/facts_5905166_hydrangeas-coffee-grounds.html
This one is pretty cool. You can change the blossom colour of Hydrangeas from pink to blue by changing the acidity level of your soil.
Change the colour of the blossom. Just like magic.
4. Create fertilizer https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/ingredients/coffee-grounds-gardening.htm
You can take used coffee grounds to create fertilizer. You do not need to compost; you can simply add the used grounds directly into the soil around your plants.
5. Increase carrots and radish harvest https://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicaprobus/amazing-things-you-can-do-with-coffee-grounds
Carrots and radishes are particularly fond of coffee grounds. Why not keep the pests away and get a better harvest. When planting your seeds (as instructed by the label), simply mix some used coffee grounds.
6. Keep cats away http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/coffee-grounds/
Just like pests, cats and coffee don’t seem to mix. Sprinkle some coffee grounds around your garden (or wherever else you want to avoid the feline kind) and create your own invisible force field.
7. Make your own garden compost https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/ingredients/coffee-grounds-gardening.htm
It doesn’t get easier than this. If you don’t want to waste, just throw your used coffee grounds (or filter) into your compost. Be warned, coffee grounds will add nitrogen to your mix. You will have to balance it out with brown compost material.
8. Create a fabric dye http://www.wikihow.com/Dye-Fabric-With-Coffee
You can easily create a natural dye by using coffee grounds. Works best on cotton, wool and linen.
9. Grow some mushrooms (http://fivegallonideas.com/mushroom-farm/)
Love mushrooms? This is your chance. With used coffee grounds and some Oyster Mushroom spawn, you’ll be on your way to creating your own mushroom farm.
10. Make play dough dirt http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/5906/mud-like-coffee-playdough
If you’re looking for a fast and simple way to make an indoor (or outdoor) sandbox made of dough, coffee might be the perfect ingredient! Go ahead, build your first dinosaur fort.
11. Build a cushion pin http://www.budget101.com/content.php/3578-Clever-Uses-for-Coffee-Grounds
A pin cushion made of coffee grounds will prevent your pins from rusting.
A cute and handy cushion pin made from coffee grounds
12. Make naturally sepia dyed easter eggs http://www.thyhandhathprovided.com/2012/03/naturally-dyed-easter-eggs.html
Easter coming up? Or you're looking to freak out your roommate? Used coffee grounds will help you create one of the many colours to decorate your dozen of eggs. Yankee Magazine offers all of the instructions you need.
13. Make coffee candles http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Upcycled-Paper-Coffee-Cup-Candle-3110298
A perfect way to enjoy the (subtle) smell of coffee all day. All you need is used coffee grounds, wax and kitchen equipment that your probably already own.
14. Make an air freshener http://www.instructables.com/id/11-unusual-uses-for-coffee/step3/aromatic/
If you want to enjoy the smell of Java on the go, this will be the perfect air freshener. Stockings, fresh grounds and a little DIY and you’ve got a new smell for your car.
15. Make fossils http://craftsbyamanda.com/coffee-ground-fossils/
Great for the upcoming science fair, kids or to entertain your guests. Create fossils out of anything you have in your house. Bonus points if you use dinosaur toys or legos.
16. Make treasures stones http://www.makelifelovely.com/2014/01/how-to-make-diy-treasure-stones.html
If you’re an amazing parent and you would like to throw a jungle safari theme party for your kids, this will be useful! You can create these treasures stones in the morning and have an awesome party in the afternoon.
Also great for playing tricks on your SO or your co-workers, just like in the Office.
You can reuse your coffee grounds to create natural paint. The longer you let the grounds steep, the darker the paint will be.
Come on Picasso
18. Give papers an antique look http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/07/how-to-recycle-used-coffee-grounds.html
Easy peasy. Scramble your paper into a ball and let it dip in water with coffee grounds for a few minutes and “voilà.” Perfect for creating treasure hunt maps.
19. Freshen up your autumn wardrobe http://diyfashion.about.com/od/dyingandscreenprinting/ss/CoffeDye.htm
Bored of your clothes? Use coffee grounds as a natural dye to add some autumn flavor to your wardrobe. Definitely more suited towards crafty and artistic people. It’s a great way to get rid of the old beans you have lying around.
20. Make a beard for Halloween http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/07/how-to-recycle-used-coffee-grounds.html
One of my favorites! Don’t have a beard but always wanted one? Create your own with honey and used coffee grounds. This Halloween, go the extra mile.
21. Make homemade henna tattoos https://snapguide.com/guides/make-henna-for-temporary-tattoos/
Get rid of old beans by making your own henna tattoo. Also works with tea or wine.
22. Coffee Scrub for exfoliation
A coffee scrub is great to help tighten skin, reduce cellulite and remove dead skin cells. If you’re not the type of person to exfoliate, then use this trick to a make a unique gift and really impress your lady friend.
There are many recipes out there. As a
lazy efficient person myself, I sought out the easiest recipe for the maximum amount of benefit.
Ingredients: (recipe from: http://wonkywonderful.com/homemade-coffee-body-scrub/)
Directions: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and store in a mason jar.
In the shower, rub on damp skin. Make sure you thoroughly rinse with hot water in order to not clog your drains. Also, we recommend using the scrub in the morning because your body can absorbe caffeine through the skin and give you a small energy boast that you might want to avoid before bed.
23. Create a luxurious salt scrub http://www.savynaturalista.com/2013/11/01/coffee-salt-scrub/
Same principal, but with luxurious spas in mind.
Treat yourself with a salt coffee scrub
24. Strip buildup from your hair https://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/recipes-%97-hair-body/166140-coffee-remove-product-build-up.html
If you have blond or red hair, this might not be for you. You’re a brunette? Perfect. You can use coffee to remove build up, stimulate growth and even add a little colour.
25. Make coffee soap http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-Coffee-Ground-Soap-30647666
Coffee soap has a surprising amount of benefits. From reducing cellulite, to helping with rosacea and even reducing your risk of skin cancer. Is easy to do and highly recommended.
26. Make a Mocha Frap mask https://crunchybetty.com/mocha-frappucino-mask-coffee-cocoa-and-honey-facial-mask/
The perfect wake-me-up facial mask. Bring your facial game to next level with the Frappuccino mask which will, among other things, help reduce swelling and puffiness.
27. Remove dark circles under your eyes
28. Washing Hands
I always keep a generous amount of coffee grounds next to sink. If I’m not washing the dishes, I use the grounds to help remove the smell off my hands when I’m cooking. Particularly good for removing garlic, onions and fish odours.
Coffee grounds works miracles when your trying to wash a greasy pan. The grounds help absorb the grease returning your pot/pan to a clean state.
Deodorize your fridge and freezer. Just put your coffee grounds in a bowl, in cheesecloth or an old yogurt cup (just poke a few holes in the lid) and stick it where you deem necessary. You do not need to dry the coffee grounds beforehand. The grounds will absorb the odours as they dry.
31. Make a garbage disposal cleaner http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Coffee-Grounds-Garbage-Disposal-Cleaners-34888912
Inevitably, the garbage disposals in our sink always end up stinking. Creating these cleaners out of coffee grounds is a fun way to eliminate the bad smells with the odour of coffee.
32. Unclog drain http://madamedeals.com/15-uses-coffee-grounds/#_a5y_p=2309386
Pour your used coffee grounds with a little dish soap and (important) hot water. This will help clean your drain and remove grease residues.
33. Tenderize your meat https://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/10/coffee-rubbed-pork-roast/
Looks yummy. Coffee rubbed pork.
We’re cheating a little on these next two points by diving into the world of recipes. It’s an introduction of sorts to the other gastronomic uses of coffee. One of the coolest cooking tricks is using (fresh) coffee grounds to tenderize your meat.
34. No bake energy bites https://blissfulbritt.com/2013/01/25/coffee/
Another great recipe is making simple energy bites. No baking required.
35. Deodorize shoes http://www.wikihow.com/Deodorize-Shoes
If you have stinky feet (as I do) this is simple and great. Just sprinkle used coffee grounds (that have been dried) to help absorb all those nasty odours.
36. Make a roach trap http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/07/how-to-recycle-used-coffee-grounds.html
Put your trap making skills to work and capture unwanted roaches. All you need is a mason jar, damp coffee grounds and double sided tape.
37. Freshen Flower Vase http://www.hometalk.com/2332447/coffee-used-grounds-and-mason-jar-flower-vase
Cool looking and good smelling flower vases. Great way to impress friends with little work.
Smells good and looks good
38. Clean your fireplace http://lifehacker.com/5687444/use-spent-coffee-grounds-for-easier-fireplace-cleanup
The weight and dampness of coffee grounds will help keep the ashes from flying all over the place.
39. Get scratches out of furniture https://newengland.com/today/living/home-repair-diy/wood-furniture-scratches/
Do you have some furniture that gets banged up a lot? With coffee grounds (mixed into a paste with water) and a Q-Tip you can quickly camouflage any scratch on dark wood. It is recommended that you try to see the final results before applying on a bigger scratch.
40. Make wood look weathered http://www.lovepomegranatehouse.com/steel-wool-coffee-grounds-vinegar-stain/
Use your coffee grounds to take new wood and give it a weathered and used look. You will need coffee grounds, vinegar, steel wool and a little patience. The final result will be worth it.
41. Deice your driveway http://inspiringpretty.com/2012/03/06/put-your-coffee-grounds-to-good-use/
Obviously geared towards the people that have winters and that don’t like to slip and fall. Like salt, coffee can be used to deice your driveway or other paths that you need to keep clean.
Three basic ingredients: coffee grounds, wax and molasses. This will create a fire log for your fireplace without the need for wood! Recently, students from the University of Toronto started a brand to create these logs for refugees around the world allowing them to stop leaving their villages to scout for firewood.
43. Make a flea bath http://madamedeals.com/15-uses-coffee-grounds/#_a5y_p=2309386
When giving your furry friend a bath, add a tablespoon of coffee grounds to help repeal fleas.
44. Cleanse olfactory palate http://www.instructables.com/id/11-unusual-uses-for-coffee/step4/palate-cleanser/
Smelling coffee beans or coffee grounds between different perfumes refreshes your nose and helps it distinguish odours better. I was surprised to learn this too.
45. Keep bait worm alive longer http://bleedingespresso.com/2009/03/going-green-21-ways-to-reuse-coffee-grounds.html
Calling all fishermen! This is a nifty little trick to help keep your bait worms alive a little longer. Worms love coffee just as much as we do!
1. Create a bio fuel company http://www.bio-bean.com/products/
This is for all the future Elon Musks of the world. You can actually make bio fuel from coffee beans. Is this the future?
If you’re out of mints you can use a coffee bean instead. Just pop one in your mouth on your way out and you’ll fresh breath in no time.
First, you have to dry them out. I recommend throwing them on a baking sheet and spreading them out. I usually leave them out for the day and then put them in the oven at a low temperature (around 185 degrees) for 2-3 hours. When dried, the grounds should be a dark brown. If they’re a light brown with some green, they’re probably rotting.
You can then store them in plastic or glass. I personally use a mason jar and stick newspaper on top to absorb any remaining moisture.
Now, you can feel good about yourself for not wasting all of your coffee grounds. Good on you!