We all know I’m rather addicted to coffee (I mean, heck, I sell it to fund my habit!). As a result, I end up with a lot of coffee grounds that I wanted to find something to do with other than toss in the trash. I love putting them in a compost pile (which will be started again as soon as we get to the new house), but I also wanted something a little more creative. Pinterest was kind to me in coming up with uses for used coffee grounds, as was some accidental trial and error (see #9).
There are 1,001 uses for coffee grounds, but I narrowed it down to my favorite 10 just for you! Seriously, these are game-changers in the kitchen, in your garden, for a little pampering, and even on your pets. It doesn’t hurt that you’re helping the planet in the process by reusing the coffee grounds you brewed earlier that morning (or week or month) and giving yourself some cheap help around the house.
If you need some quality coffee for your cup of joe in the morning (it’s even yummier than Starbucks!), check out this post for coffee that will brighten your morning, no matter how many times the kiddos were up the night before!
10 Uses for Used Coffee Grounds
- Get the Garlic Off– Rub some used coffee grounds on your hands like a scrub after you cut garlic or onion to get that smell off your hands!
- Add to Your Garden– Jumpstart your seedlings this spring with coffee grounds mixed into the dirt to increase the nitrogen content and give them a boost.
- Bug Repellant– Help prevent bugs from getting on your plants by sprinkling coffee grounds around the base of the plants.
- Scratch Be Gone– Steep your leftover coffee grounds in just a little bit of water (so it’s more of a paste than a liquid) and use a q-tip to dab on your wood furniture to hide scratches.
- Fridge Deodorizer– Forgot to grab more baking soda at the store? Dump your used coffee grounds in an open mason jar (or use this super pretty lid with vents) to absorb odors in your fridge instead!
- Blue Hydrangeas– Y’all, we had THE most stunning hydrangeas when we lived in Seattle. My secret? Dumping my coffee grounds underneath them!
- Skin Therapy– Rub coffee grounds on your skin to gently exfoliate. Feel free to add some essential oils to help boost the power of your coffee grounds (lavender for soothing, perhaps?)
- Pot Scrub– Get the greasy mess off of the bottom of your pots by using coffee grounds and a sponge to clean it up and get them sparkling again.
- Make Your Kitchen Smell Amazing (and Clean Your Garbage Disposal at the Same Time!)– Put your used coffee grounds down your sink and grind them up. It’ll kick a delicious scent into the air and clean your garbage disposal in the process!
- Natural Flea Repellant– Add coffee grounds to your dog’s shampoo to help repel fleas naturally.