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15 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

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Tip: Some people say that you can dry out spent coffee grounds, mix them 50/50 with fresh grounds, and make coffee with them one more time!

11. Stick a sachet of dried coffee grounds into a smelly pair of shoes to get rid of the stink.
12. If you have dark hair, you can massage coffee grounds into your scalp to prevent dandruff. Blondes and red-heads, this is not for you, since the grounds can color your roots slightly!
13. Vermicomposters can feed coffee grounds to the worms. Just be careful, since grounds are acidic. Too much isn’t good for those wigglers.
14. Use coffee grounds to exfoliate your skin.
15. To give paper an “aged” look for craft projects, quickly dip pages, soak grounds in water overnight, then quickly dip your pages and let them dry before crafting.

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by mr. tee hee

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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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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

Thanks!

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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