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Many reasons to love the uses for coffee grounds.

Updated on August 27, 2013
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Coffee grounds

Don't throw this out!
Don't throw this out!

Coffee...a wonderful beverage for centuries

Coffee has been enjoyed by many, for many years. It's a wonderful timeless beverage.

Nothing beats a nice fresh brewed cup of coffee in the morning! Or having a cup with friends over a long evening chat.

It's great that a simple cup of coffee brings us together for socializing and plays an important role in the functioning of the corporate masses...but it'd be such a shame if we didn't make multiple uses of all those left over grounds!

Anyone that loves a great cup of coffee knows that it's expensive, time consuming to brew, clean up, and maintain (if you're using the average drip maker), so wouldn't you want to stretch that time and money spent just a wee bit further? I know I do.

Anyhow, this all got me to thinking...what can I do with old coffee grounds? There has to be something? It seems such a shame to just throw them away!?!

Well, it turns out there are many uses for old grounds.

So...go fix yourself a steamy cup, read on, and be ready to use those old grounds up in other places through-out your home and in your life!

Coffee for a window cleaner!

Window and mirror cleaner!

Yep. That's right! You can wash windows and mirrors to a sparkly perfect shine every time with some water and old coffee grounds.

All you need is a spray bottle, any will do, water, and old coffee grounds. I used a bottle from a previous store bought cleaner, just make sure to wash it out really well, so that you don't have any remaining chemical build up in the bottle.

Add some old coffee grounds to the bottle, top off with water, shake well and use to clean windows and mirrors.

Do not throw away your junk newspaper mail! Newspaper is a crazy good window and glass cleaner, I know. But seriously, you've got to try it. I use newspaper junk mail and this solution (although Windex or vinegar/water on a paper towel is great too). The newspaper gives it an incredible "no glass there" shine. No streaks, no fog, just spotless! Perfect!

I'm such a dork, I'm truly in awe of this every time I do it. You may think the ink on the paper will cause issues, but it doesn't. So don't throw that valuable paper out!

Beautiful Hosta plants


Get off my Hosta slug!

Slugs are known garden pests, and although they have their ecological job and purpose, you really don't want them munching away all of your lovely plants.

Slugs don't like coffee grounds, I have no idea why other than the fact coffee grounds are very acidic and abrasive, which sounds just terrible to a slimy gooey normally friendly slug. All you need is a generous sprinkle around plants (especially Hostas) and those slugs will be high-tailing it outta there!

Ants don't like them either! so you can use this same method by your entryways and any other place ants try marching in.

Snails feel the same way slugs and ants feel about this too, so they'll gladly move their mobile homes somewhere else.

Azaleas fed coffee!


Plant food too?! Fantastic!

In addition to old coffee grounds repelling some nasty garden pests, they also feed some plants!

Rose bushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreen and camellias prefer acidic soils and will greatly appreciate the leftovers from your morning cup.

If you make a daily pot of coffee don't pour down the drain what you don't finish, you have one of the best sources of organic matter right in that pot. Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen. They are approximately 1.45% nitrogen and also contain magnesium, calcium, potassium, and other trace minerals. So if you haven't used up all those leftover grounds deterring bugs and feeding plants, chuck the remainder into your compost bin!

Lawn fertilizer?

Make coffee ground "fertilizer" Add two cups of used coffee grounds to a five-gallon bucket of water. Let it steep for a few hours or overnight. You can use it then as a liquid fertilizer for garden and container plants!

Treat Cellulite with coffee

Hair and skincare?

You've got to be kidding me! Nope!

Old grounds make a great skin scrub because they are abrasive. So give your face and body a good scrub a few times a week.

Soak hair in "coffee ground water" to add natural highlights to brown hair.

Run old grounds through a food processor to make a paste, then mixed with water. This makes an impressive hair wash. Washing your hair with the grounds makes your hair shinier and softer!

Reduce and minimize cellulite! Mix 1/4 cup warm, used coffee grounds with 1 tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil, then, while standing over an old towel, apply the mixture your "problem areas". Next, wrap the areas with saran wrap and leave on for twenty minutes. Unwind the wrap, brush the loose grounds off your skin and take a nice hot shower. For best results, repeat this act twice a week. A little weird to say the least, but high end department store cellulite products actually have coffee in them! It's got to be the caffeine It stimulates the skin, your largest organ!

Contain your ash!

If you are fortunate enough to be a homeowner with a fireplace you know how tedious and messy the cleaning maintenance can be. The dust in the fireplace usually flies up in your face and poofs out as a billowy cloud of smoke!

Not anymore!

Take a generous wet amount of old dry coffee grounds and spread them over the fireplace burn off before cleaning.

Never have the ash blow into your face or all over your home again.

This is also a great thing to do if you have smokers in your household, just place some in the ashtrays and never worry about cigarette or cigar ash getting out of control, all over you, guests, family, pets, or furniture again!

Stench and odor be-gone!

Place containers of coffee grounds in your fridge or freezer to get rid of foul offensive odors.

This works great for shoes too.

A bowl of grounds placed in stinky rooms or vehicles also works.

Rub some on your hands to get rid of food prep odors.

So you see...long after you enjoy that cup of Joe, you can still get many uses with your otherwise disposed of grounds. I incorporate a lot of these uses now in and around our home, and I'm so glad I do! Not only do I save money, but I leave a lighter footprint on mother earth.

© 2013 Rebecca


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    • Bishop55 profile image

      Rebecca 4 days ago from USA

      Thanks for the comment! Glad you enjoy the ideas.

    • Deborah Minter profile image

      Deborah Minter 8 days ago from U.S, California

      These are great uses for used coffee grounds. I especially liked the beauty treatment use with this ingredient!

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice hub!

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      yes...worms LOVE acidic ground. I need to add the worm part to this hub. Glad you enjoyed reading it! :)

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It has been a long time since I went fishing with my father-he died in 1952- but I recall he would spread things like coffee grounds in our garden area. He claimed it attracted angle worms. I am not sure if it was just the water that attracted them or the coffee grounds but he usually had enough worms for fishing bait. voted.up,useful. will share.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Wow - these are a lot of great ideas for using up coffee grounds. I had heard that cats don't like coffee grounds and will avoid using an area as a litter box when it smells like coffee, so I do put them in my garden. I think it works, not sure yet. Good to know I am helping the plants too. Voted up.

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      Rebecca 5 years ago from USA

      It's crazy isn't it? I don't have a cellulite problem, but now I won't. LOL! Thanks for your comment.

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      caseymel 5 years ago from Indiana

      I have used old coffee grounds around my plants as food, but I didn't know it could do all that!