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15 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

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15 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

Oh, coffee! Many of us rely on you to start the day or help us push through that early afternoon slump, but what happens to those coffee grounds after we finish the pot?

When you toss coffee grounds into the trash, they break down and release methane, like any other organic matter would do. Methane is a greenhouse gas 20 times more powerful than CO2. Luckily, there are lots of ways to divert all of that coffee from the landfill by using it in beauty products, cleaning supplies, and even in the garden!

For many of these tips, moist ground will do (just let them cool, so you don’t burn your skin!). If you’re planning to hang on to the grounds, though, you have to dry them out or they’ll get moldy. Dry them out by spreading a thin layer on a cookie sheet and placing them in a sunny spot to dry. When they’re all dried out, they’re ready to re-use!

Ready to start repurposing those old coffee grounds? Here are 15 tips to get you going! If you have more ideas on how to reuse coffee grounds, I’d love to keep the inspiration going in the comments.

1. Use them as fertilizer on acid-loving plants (like tomatoes and carrots)
2. Deter cats from the garden by sprinkling around beds or pots.
3. Mix with mashed avocado for an invigorating face mask.
4. Scrub your hands with spent coffee grounds after chopping onion or garlic to get the smell off of your skin.
5. Compost them.


Image Credit: Creative Commons photo via How can I recycle this?

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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10:10AM PDT on Apr 12, 2015


11:29AM PDT on Apr 4, 2015

Thanks for sharing

3:27AM PDT on Apr 3, 2015

Thanks for this. My coffee is used in the garden. Will try the face mask.

2:51PM PDT on Apr 1, 2015

Thanks for sharing.great to get more ideas!

2:51PM PDT on Apr 1, 2015

Thanks for sharing.great to get more ideas!

2:49PM PDT on Apr 1, 2015

Thanks for sharing.great to get more ideas!

1:53AM PDT on Mar 30, 2015


5:28AM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

Thanks for sharing. I'll try the 1st option to use them as fertilizer.

5:57AM PDT on Mar 27, 2015

Thank you

3:03AM PDT on Mar 27, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

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Looks like we will have to have another go at keeping a Peace Lily alive!

Thanks for the helpful article!

I don't know if the writer actually makes compost, but eggs do not compost. Same as hair and nails.

thank you for sharing this


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