15 Ways To Reuse Coffee Grounds For Home, Garden, & Beauty

I drink a lot of water.
In fact, I might have one soft drink a month
because I like to keep my caffeine intake to a minimum. 
So my cup of coffee every morning is something I cherish.
Especially in the mug my boy made me for Mother’s Day <3


My husband makes the perfect pot of coffee.
Veerrrryy strong.
(and the coffee is too!)
Sorry guys, couldn’t resist.

All those cups of strong coffee means
lots of used coffee grounds leftover. 
We compost ours so it’s not wasted,
but there is so much you can do with it!

coffee grounds


  1. Clean Your Garbage Disposal
    Clean & deodorize your kitchen sink using this easy recipe. 
  2. Deodorize
    Put coffee grounds in a mason jar & place in your fridge to remove odors, much like baking soda.
  3. Hide Furniture Scratches
    Dip a cotton swab in the wet grounds & apply to scratch.  (It might be a good idea to test a small area first)
  4. Clean Pots & Pans
    Use the grounds to scour pans with tough, stuck-on food.  This is especially great for stainless steel or cast iron cookware. 
  5. Make A Delicious Rub For Meats
    Coffee helps tenderize meat & can add a delicious smokey flavor.  Here is a great recipe for a spicy coffee rub!


  1. Pest Repellent
    Make a ring of coffee grounds around your plants to deter ants & slugs.
  2. Compost
    Toss those grounds in your compost pile to add much needed nitrogen.
  3. Nitrogen To Seedlings
    Stir the grounds in your potting soil or add them to your watering can to nourish those little sprouts.
  4. Attract Worms
    Worms provide wonderful fertilizer for your garden & coffee attracts them!
  5. Acid To Soil
    Certain plants require more acidic soil.  Add the grounds around roses, azaleas, & rhododendrons.  Coffee can also be used to make your hydrangeas bloom blue.


  1. Exfoliate
    Has working in the garden taken a toll on your hands?  Or if you’re like me, running around barefoot has left your feet a little rough.  Rub some coffee grounds on those problem areas for smooth, refreshed skin.  You can add a little olive oil if needed.
  2. Remove Residue From Hair
    Massage a handful of grounds into your hair to remove all of the buildup from shampoo & hair products.  Rinse, then shampoo/condition as usual.  Your hair will be shiny & smooth.  This is best for darker hair since coffee can stain! 
  3. DIY Facial
    Who doesn’t want a smooth, fresh, glowing complexion??  Try this recipe from Crunchy Betty to rejuvenate your skin!
    2 tablespoons freshly ground coffee (or used grinds)
    2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    3 tablespoons milk (whole), heavy cream or yogurt
    1 tablespoon honey
    Mix all ingredients together, apply to face, let dry for 15-20 minutes, then rinse while gently massaging.  
    It’s a great way to perk up your tired skin!!
  4. Fight Cellulite 
    I haven’t tried this myself, but I have heard some say that the caffeine in coffee is great for fighting cellulite on a short-term basis.  Here is a simple recipe & some more info on this process.
  5. DIY Natural Self Tanner
    Try this simple recipe to add a fresh glow to your skin!  It would work great after the facial & cellulite treatment.  Heck, just call it a DIY spa day!

Have you guys ever reused your coffee grounds??
Do you plan to try any of the tips above??
Share in the comments section below!!

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