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Don’t Throw Your Coffee Grounds Away!

Fellow “Barista” Trista Porter is no stranger to these pages, but you may have noticed she hasn’t “been around” lately! She’s in the throes of school, her own business and co-owning another, and marriage preparations (yup, Candy is gonna be a mother-of-the-groom this fall, too!).

So, while you will see her around again…it may not be for a few months 😉  I asked her if we could share a portion of this article that appeared on her own blog “The Earthly Ones”…

Surprising Uses for Old Coffee

Coffee. Coffee. More coffee. That’s usually how a day goes for me and pretty much the majority of people I know. But, what are we doing with all of those coffee grounds? Are we chunking them in the trash can? Putting them in a body scrub? What?

It’s a waste to put them in the trash!

There are so many different things that you can do with leftover coffee grounds.

Like these…

Trista goes on to briefly describe a handful of great ideas, and we thought we’d include a few more of them here, too!

We’ve been sharing ideas on our own site for quite a while, such as that lovely 2-ingredient exfoliating scrub. But there are a TON of other things you can do with those babies 😉


  • in the garden
    • sprinkle in among your plants to repel ants, snails/slugs and other bothersome animals
    • inside you can also use them to make a roach trap
    • use as a natural, nitrogen-rich plant fertilizer.  Adding them around hydrangeas causes them to turn a pretty shade of blue
  • in the kitchen
    • removes odors in the fridge and freezer
    • rub your hands with some grounds to remove onion and garlic smells
    • it only takes a handful of grounds to use as an abrasive cleanser for grimy pots and  pans
    • use as a meat tenderizer
  • around the house
    • steep the grounds and apply with a Q-tip to hide scratches in furniture
    • make odor-absorbing sachets with cotton fabric for inside smelly sneakers
    • pour some grounds in a clogged drain, add a little dish soap and boiling water chaser and see the difference!
  • health and beauty
    • mix with brown sugar and coconut oil for use as a lovely body scrub
    • massage on the skin as an exfoliate (just make sure you rinse afterward!)
    • add a bit to your shampoo or conditioner to strip built-up oils (be careful if you have light hair, as it may darken it a tad)
  • in crafts with the kids
    • make a fabric and paper dye
    • use them to tint Easter eggs
    • make non-toxic play-doh (makes great rocks or mountains or volcanos!)
    • bake tiny “Treasure Stones” to surprise little ones
    • make a coffee fragranced candle

Head over to our “All Things Coffee” Pinterest board for links to the “how-to’s” on these…and even more ideas!

So, how does THAT list grab ya’?  Can you think of any other ways to use coffee grounds? Betcha you can find even more ideas,..after giving us a lovely cuppa’ to share with a friend, of course 😉


Surprising Uses for Old Coffee

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Trista Porter

Trista Porter

Trista is currently attending a local university. She is majoring in business administration and English. Not one to sit on the sidelines and watch life pass her by, she has recently started her own business featuring health-friendly and earth-friendly products. She also co-owns a photography business with her boyfriend fiancée. Her dreams are to be a successful writer, businesswoman, wife, and to spread the love of God. Learn more about Trista by visiting her at The Earthly Ones or ReiDesigns.
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9 Responses to Don’t Throw Your Coffee Grounds Away!

  1. Karen August 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    What a lot of uses for ground coffee – shame I don’t drink it!! Thanks for sharing with the #BlogFair. Hope you can visit again this week.

    • Pat August 16, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

      Haha! Well, Karen, maybe you should start! LOL You’re welcome…and we’ll see you again next week!

  2. Linda Blatchford August 10, 2015 at 8:41 am #

    Wow, I had no idea coffee grounds had so many uses. Great post.

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    • Pat August 13, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

      Thanks, Linda! I know, isn’t that crazy? Have a great weekend 🙂

  3. Amy M August 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

    Nice ideas! I remember my grandmother teaching me about using coffee grounds in the garden, but many of these other ideas are new to me. My husband is a big coffee drinker, so now the grounds won’t go to waste. 🙂

  4. Farrah August 1, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    Ahh, I love no-waste ideas! I don’t drink too much coffee, but I will pass these tips along to my coffee-guzzling friends (+ remember it for if I do end up starting! 😛 ) I’d love to try out that exfoliating scrub! :]

    • Pat August 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

      No waste always makes me feel good, too! But, as a coffee guzzler, yup, that exfoliating scrub may or may not be just a little too wonderful for me…just sayin’!
      Personally, I think the suggestion would really endear you to your coffee-lovin’ friends!

  5. Katie July 31, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    Awesome post! I use my coffee grounds with coconut oil like you suggested as a body scrub already. 🙂

    • Pat July 31, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      That’s super, Katie! Coconut oil is just “da bomb” dontcha think?! So many uses…

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