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Creative Ways To Repurpose Used Coffee Grounds


Who doesn’t love to start a day with a cup of coffee? Everyone does. Coffee is one of the most popular drinks all over the world. But every morning, it is tiring to throw a chunk of coffee grounds into the trash. So, shouldn’t there be anything we can do with all this junk? Coffee grounds are easy to reuse and recycle. Coffee grounds have many practical uses around the home or garden and can even help to boost your cosmetology routine. 

If you don’t brew a lot of coffee at home, most coffee shops have a lot of coffee shavings and are happy to give them away.

Pest Repellent

Specific nutrition in coffee, such as caffeine and diterpenes, can be highly toxic to insects. Therefore, you can use coffee grounds to repel insects. It effectively stops mosquitoes, fruit flies and beetles, and also helps to keep other types of pests away. 

To use coffee grounds as an insect or pest control, install a bowl of coffee grounds or sprinkle them around the place with high insects. You can keep pests away from the garden by sprinkling coffee grounds around the plants. 

Fertilize Your Garden

Free fertilizer can be the byproduct of brewing coffee. Used coffee grounds are a good source of nitrogen, which all plants need. So instead of trashing them, use a tablespoon of grounds into the soil around your plants once a week. Add a little more each week until improvement. Sprinkling used coffee grounds around plants keeps the ants away. Coffee grounds contain essential minerals for plant growth, like calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, magnesium, and chromium. It also helps absorb heavy metals that can contaminate the soil. 

Treatment Of Cellulite

Cellulite is a bodily condition in which the skin looks dented and rugged. It affects almost 80-90% of adults, especially females. It occurs when fat deposits penetrate the connective tissue under the skin and are common, especially on the buttocks and thighs. When applied topically, like coffee grounds, caffeine helps break down fat, increase blood flow to the area, and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Mix the soil with water or coconut oil and rub on affected areas twice a week for 10 minutes.

Get Rid Of Smell

Coffee grounds contain nitrogen, which, when combined with carbon, helps remove the foul-smelling sulfur gas from the air. Therefore, coffee grounds help absorb and remove odors. You can put coffee grounds in the refrigerator or freezer to neutralize the odor of spoiled or fragrant foods. You can put these in old socks or tights to make a portable fragrance. 

Put coffee grounds in shoes, gym bags, bedroom drawers, under child seats, or where deodorization is needed. After slicing garlic and onions, place coffee grounds next to the sink and scrub hands from it to remove odors from hands. Coffee debris can also act as a deodorant if someone is fascinated by the aroma of coffee. Like baking soda, coffee grounds capture and neutralize foul odors in a closed space that can smell like a refrigerator, shoes, or garbage. 

Coffee Bath

The caffeine left in the coffee grounds activates the body’s repair cell damage. This makes the bathroom a great place to use coffee grounds:

  1. Put a cup of used coffee grounds in a nut milk bag or wrap it in a cheesecloth bag and secure it with a string or rubber band.
  2. Take a bath and put the “Coffee Bottom Bath Bomb” in hot water.
  3. For even more relaxation, add ½ cup of Epsom salt.

Compost It For Later

Composting is a natural process that transforms organic matter, such as leftovers and garden waste, into rich nutritional materials called compost and humus. Adding compost to the garden helps the soil retain more nutrients and water and improves plant health. 

Compost made from coffee grounds and swill is more nutritious than compost made from swill alone. In addition, coffee grounds produce the highest quality compost with the lowest greenhouse gas emissions. Other composting items are grass cutouts, leaves, bark, shredded newspapers, brushes, herbs, eggshells, old bread, fruit, and vegetable scraps. 

Clean Out The Fireplace

Cleaning the ashes from a wood stove can be a lousy job. Instead, sprinkled coffee grounds on the ash to weigh it to prevent the formation of smoke clouds. This makes it easy to remove the ash and prevents dust from escaping and moving to other room parts. In addition, it makes cleaning any fireplace much more effortless.

Puffy Eye Reducer

Caffeine helps reduce swelling around the eyes. Applying caffeine to the skin removes the dark circles under the eyes and makes a face look tired. To try it at home, apply used coffee grounds to the area under the eyes and gently rinse it off when it dries. 

The skin around the eyes is very delicate and contains very little fatty tissue. Therefore, it is the first place to see signs of aging. Many things, such as the fragility of blood vessels, poor blood flow, and poor skin quality, can develop dark circles and swell under the eyes. 

Coffee grounds seem to be a promising solution due to their high antioxidant and caffeine content. Skincare products contain antioxidants and caffeine that helps to prevent the onset of aging and reduce dark circles. 

Caffeine is especially anti-inflammatory and stimulates blood circulation around the eyes. This will reduce the occurrence of dark circles and swelling. The antioxidants in coffee also help fight free radicals that contribute to skin aging. Add water or coconut oil to the coffee grounds to make a paste. Apply the mixture under the eyes and leave it for about 10 minutes before rinsing. Repeat this process daily or as needed.

Soften Meat 

Meat contains muscle fibers and proteins that can give it a chewy texture. Meat tenderizer helps melt the meat and gives it a soft texture. 

Salt, enzyme, and acid are the three natural meat tenderizers. Coffee contains natural acids and enzymes and is especially effective in tenderizing meat. The acidity of coffee also helps to improve the taste of meat. Add used coffee grounds to the dry rubbing recipe and rub the meat 2 hours before cooking. The bottom is cooked on the meat to form a dark, crispy skin. 


Most people dispose of the coffee grounds leftover after the coffee is brewed. However, there are many great ways to reuse them. Caffeine and antioxidants in coffee grounds help fight cellulite and other signs of aging. The coffee grounds are also rich in nutrients, nourishing garden plants and preventing pests. In addition, their abrasiveness makes excellent cleansing peels throughout the home. So, the next time you make your coffee, consider reusing coffee grounds based on one of the ideas in this article.