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Coffee grounds are versatile and can be put to many different uses around the house. If you find yourself with more used coffee grounds than you know what to do with, here are seven ways to reuse them in your home.

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1) Use as A Natural Air Freshener

Sprinkle used coffee grounds around your home for a natural and fresh-smelling air freshener. You can also mix them with baking soda to absorb bad smells in the fridge or in shoes. Or, make a DIY body scrub by mixing used grounds with olive oil and sugar to slough off dead skin cells. If you don’t want to go through all that trouble, just boil the leftover grounds in water until it reduces down into a dark brown liquid that’s perfect for washing pots and pans.

2) Compost Your Used Coffee Grounds

Composting is an easy way to reduce your environmental impact, and coffee grounds make great compost. You can add them to your compost bin along with other food scraps and yard waste. Coffee grounds will help improve the quality of your compost and make it smell fresh. If you have pets, you can use old coffee grounds as a natural repellent for slugs and snails by sprinkling them around the area they frequent or putting some in a saucer next to your house plants or potted plants. Washing clothes with used coffee grounds helps cut down on water usage while still getting rid of odors and stains. For furniture scratches, mix one part used ground coffee with three parts turpentine and use this mixture as a wood polish. And finally, if you have old cups that are no longer being used, fill them up with Easter eggs for next year’s hunt!

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3) Add as An Exfoliant In the Shower

Adding coffee grounds to your shower routine can help wake you up in the morning and give you an extra boost of energy. Plus, the grounds can act as an exfoliant to help wash away dead skin cells. Just be sure to stick to showers, as the coffee grounds can clog your drain if used too frequently.

Another way to reuse coffee grounds is by washing your hair with them. This may sound strange, but coffee grounds can actually be quite good for your hair! They can help remove product build-up, add shine, and even control oil production.

4) Make into Paint Pigments

One interesting way to reuse your coffee grounds is by making paint pigments. You can do this by mixing the grounds with a binder like egg yolk or oil paint. The coffee grounds will add a brown or black tint to your paint, perfect for creating natural earth tones. Plus, using coffee grounds in paint is a great way to add texture and interest to your paintings.

5) Make into An Eye Mask or Poultice

Old coffee grounds can be used to make an eye mask or poultice. To make an eye mask, simply wet the coffee grounds and apply them to your eyes. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with water. To make a poultice, mix the coffee grounds with a little bit of water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area and cover with a bandage. Leave on for 30 minutes, then remove.


6) Add as A Soil Amendment

One of the most popular ways to reuse coffee grounds is by adding them to your garden as a soil amendment. They can improve drainage, aeration, and porosity in heavy soils. Plus, coffee grounds contain nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus – all key nutrients for plants. Just be sure to mix them in well and avoid using too much, as coffee grounds can make soil too acidic for some plants.

7) Make into Toothpaste

Most store-bought toothpaste contains fluoride, which helps prevent cavities. But did you know that you can make your own toothpaste at home using coffee grounds? Just mix equal parts coffee grounds and coconut oil, and add a drop or two of peppermint essential oil. You can also add a bit of baking soda for extra cleansing power. The resulting paste will help clean your teeth and freshen your breath.

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8) Make Jewelry

Coffee consumption is globally rising, which poses many problems—one of them being how to dispose of old coffee grounds. Fortunately for us, local artisans are finding creative ways of recycling used coffee grounds! In this case, they’re laser-etching beautiful designs onto the compressed recycled ground from selected cafes in Colombia. The spent grounds are then dried and preserved before being compounded and shaped into intricate pieces of Jewelry.

Check out some amazing products on our website made from leftover coffee grounds.


Coffee is delicious, but it can be expensive. In this article, we discussed a few ways that you can reuse your old coffee grounds. You might not realize how much you can do with the stuff! This blog post was the perfect way to teach you that there is a way for you to use what’s in your pantry and on your kitchen counter for other things without making any purchases. Now you know what creative ideas will save you some time and money!

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