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Recycle Your Coffee Grounds!

Updated on July 6, 2017

Coffee Lovers, use those grounds!

Instead of just throwing your coffee grounds away, reuse them! You may be surprised at how many different uses there are for the remains of your favorite morning latte.

Here are some suggestions!

You can use them as a pesticide

Something most people don't know is that coffee grounds can be used as an insect repellent. Sprinkle some around anthills, window sills, and in front of your doorways (outside, of course). The nitrogen in the grounds burns their legs when they walk through it. They will then abandon the area that has been contaminated with grounds. If you have a huge anthill problem in your yard try to save up a pound of old grounds, mix it with hot water and pour it over the ant hill. Coffee grounds can also be used to keep away other pests such as slugs and snails that may be eating your garden.

For people with dogs, coffee grounds can help with fleas. Rub a little bit into your dogs fur while bathing them. Try to let it soak for at least 5 minutes before rinsing off. The scent and taste of it should temporarily deter the fleas. (I would highly suggest purchasing a flea wash and collar from a pet store such as Petco or Petsmart. You should also purchase a carpet powder to kill the eggs, you can spread it on the floor, leave it for 30 minutes and vacuum it up. The coffee grounds are for temporary relief.)

Soil and Compost

If you'd like to add an extra bit of nitrogen to your plants, sprinkle coffee grounds into the soil or mix it in and it can improve the pH balance. Coffee grounds also attract worms which are great to have when producing your own compost at home.

Cat Repellent

Do you live in an apartment complex? Perhaps a city with a stray animal problem? Every now and then you may have a colony of feral cats, or a neighbor's cat that comes around and uses the restroom in your yard. Maybe he's chewing up your plants and digging things up, which cats tend to do to claim the area as their own. Sprinkling coffee grounds around your home can fend off stray kitties. You can also use citrus fruits such as orange and lemon peels to keep cats away.

These are both safe and humane ways to deter feral cats. Please avoid using cruel methods such as poison or traps that maim. Some cities have Trap and Release programs that catch feral cats, spay/neuter and release them back into their colony.

Hair Dye

If you're a blonde wishing to be a brunette, or you're looking for some streaks, don't damage your hair with chemical products. Rub wet coffee grounds throughout your hair, wrap your head in a plastic bag, and let it set for about an hour. Time depends on hair length.

Body and Facial Exfoliation

If you mix brown sugar with coffee grounds, you can use them as an exfoliant in the shower. Be gentle when using the mixture, scrubbing too hard can damage your skin. The roughness of the coffee grounds will clear out your pores and give you a smoother complexion. I would recommend using a new batch each time to avoid bacteria growth.

Cleaner and Deodorizer

Coffee grounds are acidic and rough (Which is why you need to be careful when using on the skin!), making them useful for cleaning the sink or the tub. Just make sure the objects your cleaning are stain resistant, or your toilet bowl may end up brown. They'll leave your whole house Fresh Brewed Coffee scented.

Fireplace Ash

If there's a fireplace in your home, place wet, used coffee grounds over the ashes so they won't make a mess of your home.


If you're making cakes, cupcakes, or brownies, coffee grounds can enhance the flavor.

Recycle and Reuse

Please spread the word on the many uses of your coffee! It is important to recycle and reuse everything we have in order to ensure a healthy planet for ourselves, and for future generations. Simple things like this can make a huge impact when everyone gets involved.


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      clovisj 7 years ago

      :) Thanks a lot, its good to know my article actually informed someone!

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      SilentReed 7 years ago from Philippines

      Wow! I didn't know coffee grounds could still be use in so many ways. Will bookmarked this. Thank you very much.