Recycled Tip of the Day – Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

Posted on July 31, 2008 by Allie


Split Bean Coffee News has some great suggestions. Here are a few:

  • Mix with the soil around acid loving outdoor plants (azaleas, laurel, rhododendrons), or mix with water to give a boost to your houseplants.
  • Use wet or dry to scrub pots, pans, or a dirty sink
  • Rub on hands to get rid of onion and garlic smells
  • Sprinkle dried grounds on icy sidewalks to prevent slipping

CocoaJava has some great recommendations too!

  • Use coffee grounds as a facial treatment like a mudpack
  • Steeped grounds and a cotton swab can be used to touch up scratched furniture
  • Dry grounds. Tie in old pantyhose and use as an air freshener

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  1. I’ve got one for ya: Pour ground coffee over vomit on an airplane. Kills the smell. Ask me how I know that one!

    July 31st, 2008 at 5:15 pm
    Comment by Nature Deva
  2. my apartment currently smells like coffee, popcorn, scallops, and a homeless dude (and yes, all 4 items have been present this past week). i rather enjoy the smell of coffee, perhaps i can rub the grinds all over the walls to get rid of the smell?

    July 31st, 2008 at 5:17 pm
    Comment by kir
  3. I read somewhere that you can use coffee grounds as a cellulite treatment.

    July 31st, 2008 at 5:27 pm
    Comment by Ana
  4. Awesome.
    I always use dump mine around plants and flowerbeds, but that furniture one is really clever. My kids ensure I have plenty of test spots to try it out on.

    July 31st, 2008 at 7:01 pm
    Comment by Amy
  5. I have used it to deter snails in my garden. But it has to have caffeine, no decaf. They don’t like thet caffeine buzz.

    July 31st, 2008 at 10:18 pm
    Comment by Allison
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  7. I’m a bit late on this one, but had to get it in. I save my grounds, mix them with some body oil, like jojoba or grapeseed, a bit of vegetable glycerin and an equal or so amount fine sea salt. It makes a FANTASTIC body scrub. But your bath tub will get a bit messy. I love smelling like a cup of coffee in the shower!

    August 8th, 2008 at 5:39 am
    Comment by Rachel

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If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It


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