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Coffee Ground Recycling

Coffee Ground Recycling

Consuming coffee will always be one of my favorite things to do and I know I'm not the only one slamming back multiple cups a day. However, this leads to a lot of used coffee grounds. For most people, they go directly in the trash but the perks of coffee doesn't stop at the cup. Here's a list of innovative ways to reuse those coffee grounds instead of merely tossing them. 

Ideas for Reusing Coffee Grounds


Spoil your plants that thrive on acid with some coffee grounds. Roses, hydrangeas, azeleas are some plants that love acid. Sprinkle around the base or mix it with soil and you'll help them flourish into beautiful, healthy plants. 


Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen making them perfect 'green' matter for your compost pile. Throw as much as you like in there, just make sure to keep your heap balanced between 'green' and 'brown' matter!  

Insect Repellent

Instead of rushing straight to chemicals, coffee grounds may do the trick. Sprinkle some on ant hills wherever you don't want ants and they will more than likely stay or move away. Mosquitoes (some people will burn coffee grounds to keep them at bay), slugs, and maggots don't like the acidity in the coffee grounds either so they are more apt to stay away from places with acidic soil.  

Odor Eliminator 

Put dried used (or fresh!) coffee grounds in a bowl and stick it near the odor. It works like baking soda and will take away the funky smell you're dealing with. 


One of my favorite ways to use old coffee grounds is for exfoliation. Scrub your skin head to foot with a simple recipe of 1 cup of coconut oil, 1 cup of used coffee grounds, and 1/2 cup of organic sugar. You can also add a nice smelling essential oil like lavender or lemon for added benefits and a pretty smell. You can also do it for your face with 1 cup coffee ground and 1 cup organic oil. Apply to your face using circular motions, leave it sitting for about 10 minutes and then wash off with warm water. 


Wake your skin up with coffee soap. An easy recipe is melting a bar of glycerin soap with 1/3 cup coffee grounds. You can reshape it anyway you like using a particular mold. A more advanced java soap is this one and it'll feel your skin feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. 

Hair Treatment

Cleanse your hair by simply massaging used coffee grounds into your scalp. It'll help break up old product residue but won't damage your hair.


Coffee grounds give things an antique, vintage look. You can use it on paper, bone, clothes, lace, doilies, wood, Easter eggs, etc. Every material will absorb the grounds differently and come out a different hue. It's really fun to play around with.

How to Store Used Coffee Grounds

If you're not going to use the coffee grounds right away, drying them before storing them is the perfect way to ensure they stay fresh and don't get moldy. One way to do this is spreading them out on a cookie sheet and popping them in the oven. You can bake them for 20 minutes, turn the oven off, and let them sit. I like to let them sit overnight after a dinner has been made in the oven. Once they're dried enough, pop them in a mason jar or any glass container.

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