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Ten Ways to REuse Coffee Grounds

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I love coffee. I love the smell, the taste, and the many, many reuses for the grounds after I've enjoyed my last cup for the day. Coffee grounds can be used for so much more than just fertilizer.

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Kit B (276)
Monday May 12, 2014, 5:47 am
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I love coffee. I love the smell, the taste, and the many, many reuses for the grounds after Iíve enjoyed my last cup for the day. Coffee grounds can be used for so much more than just fertilizer. I have discovered 10 ways to REuse old coffee grounds and wanted to share them here.

1. Combine coffee grounds with coconut oil and just a bit of brown sugar and youíll have yourself a homemade body scrub for the shower. (

2. Get rid of the smell of garlic and onion from your hands by scrubbing them with coffee grounds. (

3. Make cleaning your fireplace less dusty by sprinkling your wet coffee grounds over the ashes before you sweep them up.

4. The next time your hair needs some shine work coffee grounds into your scalp and hair, then rinse.

***This may seem weird, but coffee grounds can clog your drain, so you may want to to use your hose outside. (

5. Coffee grounds act the same as baking soda in the refrigerator. Put a cup of old grounds in the back of your fridge to keep it fresh. (

6. The next time you go fishing keep your worms in coffee grounds to keep them fresher longer.

7. Let your used coffee grounds dry and fill part of an old nylon with them. Hang your DIY sachet in your closet to absorb odors. (

8. Pour some coffee grounds down the garbage disposal to freshen it up and keep the blades sharp. (

9. Next time you give Fido a bath add some coffee grounds as a natural flea repellent. (

10. Coffee grounds make a great natural dye for paper. Simply soak the paper in a bucket with water and coffee grounds. (

Do you have more uses for coffee grounds?

Past Member (0)
Monday May 12, 2014, 7:12 am
You can keep ants away from your house... :)
Still, time for coffee :)

Robert O (12)
Monday May 12, 2014, 8:16 am
Thanks a bunch Kit.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Monday May 12, 2014, 8:16 am
Thank you

Stardust Noel (38)
Monday May 12, 2014, 8:57 am
Thanks, my dad always kept his fishing worms in them.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday May 12, 2014, 10:36 am

Nancy M (197)
Monday May 12, 2014, 10:50 am
so far they are working wonders in our clay soil.

Melania Padilla (122)
Monday May 12, 2014, 1:11 pm
I use coffee grounds with olive oil and sugar to exfoliate my skin :)

James Maynard (84)
Monday May 12, 2014, 2:52 pm
Have been using coffee grounds in
my plants. Tried the ant repellant
trick, but, doesn't seem to phase my
Mexican ants.

Birgit W (160)
Monday May 12, 2014, 3:24 pm
Coffee grounds are excellent for composting too. Thanks for sharing Kit.

Vallee R (280)
Monday May 12, 2014, 4:50 pm
May have to try the last one and I do know that the grounds clog the drain - I also use them in my compost outside for by garden.

marie C (163)
Monday May 12, 2014, 5:21 pm
Thanks Kit some great ideas
Just got a few flying ants from the garden so will try some coffee grounds maybe British ones are easier to get rid of than Mexican James lets hope so

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday May 12, 2014, 11:12 pm
Great tips! Thanks Kit for sharing.

Lone F (67)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 3:20 am
Good suggestions! Thanks for sharing, Kit!

Julie W (32)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 3:42 am
I put mine in my Eco Bokashi bin, but be careful. Coffee grounds are highly acid, so should not be added to acid soil. The cow manure I buy is very alkaline, so adding coffee groundst makes a good balance.

Donna Hamilton (159)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 3:43 am
Thanks for an interesting and helpful article, Kit.

Lloyd H (46)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 8:18 am
For #5 and #7 be sure that the grounds are very dry or they will mold and defeat the purpose. One that works in the garden is dry the grounds out side and then sprinkle them around the plants that slugs and snail enjoy for lunch. They are effective repellants because they irritate their little or not so little feet. Also the tiny amount of caffeine and other chemicals are still large enough to make them sick or kill them. the grounds will eventually decompose into the soil.

pam w (139)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 9:14 am
For those of you who use grounds as you dry them before adding to the pile?

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Tuesday May 13, 2014, 9:19 am

JL A (281)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 6:32 pm
May try a couple

Mitchell D (87)
Wednesday May 14, 2014, 5:17 pm
I especially like the idea of using them to protect seedlings, thanks.

Fiona O (565)
Wednesday May 14, 2014, 9:15 pm
Thank you, Miss Kitty. I will try the coffee grounds rubbed into the scalp because I think I will enjoy the aroma of coffee in my steamy shower. BUT NEVER, NEVER, NEVER will I turned my fishing worms into caffeine freaks.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday May 15, 2014, 12:50 am

Dianne D (490)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 8:43 pm
Good information. I use coffee around my roses and put them in my compost pile.

Debbie Crowe (87)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 4:54 am
Well, I did not know that coffee grounds could be used for so many things. I thought they were only good for putting in my compost pile. Thanks Kit for the information!
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