Alternative Uses For Coffee Grounds

Let’s face it: coffee is an inevitable part of our lives today.

innon_p166If you start your day with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, you will probably agree with the previous statement.

And you are not alone in your crazy love for coffee; according to the latest statistics from the International Coffee Organization, a total of 1.4 billion coffee cups are being poured and consumed everyday all around the globe.

With all of the cups being consumed, just think about the vast amount of coffee grounds that is simply thrown away after a cup is emptied.

What we don’t realize is that they don’t have to be disposed of right away; there are lots of alternative uses for coffee grounds. Stash those leftovers from your morning cup and use them for these clever ideas.

Household Essentials

  • As an aromatic: Get your used coffee grounds and use them as a deodorizer. You can dry them out on a baking sheet or a simple box outside, then store them in a bowl or jar to be put inside the refrigerator. People usually use charcoal to get rid of the smell inside, but coffee grounds work just the same; the aroma even stays. You can also use the grounds to rub in your hands after you do some food prep or if your hands smell mucky.
  • On your garden: You can also use your coffee residue as a natural fertilizer. Create a homemade fertilizer by adding 2 cups of used grounds to a 5 gallon bucket of water and allow it to steep overnight. Pour this “tea” over your plants to keep them healthy and blooming. Sprinkling some grounds on plants can even keep pesky insects away.
  • As a dye: Used grounds can also be used as a natural sepia dye by soaking them in hot water. Make boring fabrics, paper, and even Easter eggs more exciting by soaking them in your brewing dye. What’s more is that the fragrance on your things is amazing.


Your Beauty Regime

Coffee grounds can also your body happy- they can be used as an exfoliating scrub, face mask and hair rejuvenator.

  • As an exfoliant: Exfoliating with coffee grounds help stimulate your blood flow, keeping your skin healthier and tighter. Aside from that, it sheds off your dead skin cells, unclogs your pores and makes your skin smell good. Simply add vitamin E or oil to your grounds and apply it to your skin with a loofah.
  • As a face mask: Add cocoa to your coffee grounds to create a face mask. This mix decreases puffiness in your eye area and whitens your skin at the same time. You can also do a face mask using used grounds and egg whites- this mix is a simple, inexpensive facelift.
  • For your hair: Keep your hair happy and healthy using coffee grounds. This is especially effective for brunettes and redheads, although other hair colors benefit as well. Just soak your grounds in two cups of hot water and rinse your hair with it. It will make your hair shinier and give a boost to your hair color. It also acts as a natural conditioner.


These simple tricks can make your life easier with just a few coffee grounds. Who would have known that leftovers from our coffee cups and pots have a lot of uses? Try these out and have fun doing them.

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