10 Creative Uses for Used Coffee Grounds

Coffee roasters are regularly asked what to do with discarded grinds. They want to know if they can compost, drink, or use them for skin care! All of those are viable, but we wanted to present 10 unique, non-toxic methods to use spent coffee grounds. There are several methods to use old grounds, from adding them to plant soil to repelling insects!


1. Compost them

Because they help break down organic matter, coffee grounds are a great thing to add to waste piles. They will also add nitrogen, potassium, and magnesium to your compost pile, which will help it break down faster.

2. Use them for skin care

That's right, coffee grounds can be used to get rid of dead skin cells. Make a mix out of coffee grounds and a little olive oil or honey. Scrub your skin with this.

3. Add them to garden soil

You can improve the soil in your yard by mixing coffee grounds with it. They also help stop the growth of bacteria and keep pests away. You can put coffee grounds around the bases of your plants or add them to your trash pile.

4. Make a natural insect repellent

Bugs smell well. Coffee grinds repel bugs well due to their strength. The EPA says coffee grinds are most potent when burned. Burn coffee grounds in a bowl on a flat surface outside like incense.

5. Use them as mulch

Plants can benefit from coffee grounds as mulch because they help plants keep water and keep bugs away.

6. Coffee-infused garden fertilizer

You can create a potent fertilizer for your plants by combining eggshells, banana peels, and coffee grounds.

7. Deodorize your fridge

For the purpose of absorbing bad odors, place a bowl of coffee grounds inside your refrigerator.

8. Make a natural air freshener

Coffee grounds can be used to make a natural air freshener by combining them with vanilla essence or other essential oils.

9. Remove grease from pans

To a pan that is already filled with hot water and dish soap, add the grinds of coffee. After allowing the mixture to remain for a few minutes, scrape the pan to remove any residue.

10. Coffee-infused ice cream

In a saucepan, mix coffee grounds and thick cream together. Slowly cook the mixture until the coffee grounds are gone. Then, strain out the grounds and freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker.

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