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15 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

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Tip: Not a coffee drinker? Don’t fret! You can still get in on the coffee grounds goodness. Many coffee shops will give you their spent grounds for free or for a nominal fee that covers the cost of packing them up for you.

6. Make an anti-cellulite scrub.
7. Keep them in the fridge or freezer instead of baking soda to eliminate odors.
8. Repel ants, snails, and slugs by sprinkling coffee grounds near the point of entry.
9. Steep the grounds in water, strain out the grounds, and you’ve got all natural brown fabric dye!
10. Scour away grease on your pots and pans.


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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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6:22AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

My mother was told that using coffee grounds as fertilizer on her" snowball" bush would produce blue flowers.

6:12PM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Thanks !!

4:06AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013


9:47AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

awesome! Love the tomato fertilizer!

4:52AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Nothing is useless

3:07PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

I REALLY don't recommend recycling used coffee grounds into a new pot if you're a truly coffee lover. The grounds, once heated, give off a bitter flavor that affects the new pot. Too much heat is what does it. That's why French Press coffee tastes so much smoother -- the grounds are never boiled.

However, as far as using them to rejuvenate land -- especially lawns that are looking sickly -- I can totally testify to that! When I was near a Starbucks, they gave bags and bags of them away, and they were the best fertilizer around. Everyone was always asking what I used. You should know, however, that their smell can be very attractive to dogs, who can injest too much of them and become very sick. So plan accordingly.

6:51AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

Thank you.

11:40PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

so cool!

11:12AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Very informative uses for spent coffee grounds. Thanks.

11:01AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Thanks for the info.

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