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Recycle Your Coffee Grounds!

Updated on August 11, 2016

Coffee Lovers, use those grounds!

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

Here's a few ideas for you to try out!

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

For an extra bit of nitrogen for your plants, sprinkle coffee grounds into the soil or mix it in. It will improve the pH balance. Coffee grounds also attract worms which are great to have when trying to break down a compost.

Cat Repellent

Every now and then you have a colony of feral cats or a neighbor's cat that comes around and uses the restroom in your yard. Or maybe he's chewing up your plants and digging things up, which cats tend to do to claim the area as their own. You can also use citrus fruits such as orange and lemon peels to keep cats away.

I personally would rather see these methods used as a deterrent as opposed to trapping, poisoning, etc.

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

Mix brown sugar and coffee grounds and use them as a scrub in the shower. Be gentle when using the mixture, scrubbing too hard can damage your skin. The roughness of the grounds will work like a natural scrub to clear out your pores and give you a smoother complexion.

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.


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      SilentReed 6 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.

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      clovisj 6 years ago

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

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