Thursday, January 21, 2016

Uses for Old Coffee Grounds

Coffee is one of those fantastic products that has a one-two punch. The first blow fills you with delicious caffeine, in the form of a latte, iced coffee, espresso, mocha java or whatever your poison may be. But, there is a second punch, awaiting those willing to work for it!
The initial purpose of coffee is to warm our soul and bodies, but the groundings are just as rewarding... if you don't mind getting your hands dirty.


  • Place a bowl of air-dried grounds to combat orders in your fridge, under the sink, or in a stale area.
  • Use a few tablespoons of dried grounds as a scouring agent for pots, pans, and even the grill. The abrasiveness from the grounds will loosen some dirt and grime, while still being gentle enough to not leave scratches.
  • Compost your grounds. Use them in the garden, or even mixed in soil with houseplants. Worms are attracted to coffee and this will bring you the added benefit of worms fertilizing your garden.
  • Fertilize acid loving plants (azaleas, rhodies, hydrangeas, roses, and tomatoes) with grounds mixed in the soil.
  • Sprinkle a good spoonful of grounds when planting carrots or radish seeds. The coffee will boost the produce... think of it as Starbucks for your garden!
  • Sprinkle outside in your garden to repel ants, slugs, and snails.
  • Think of coffee grounds as an art supply. Add water to form a dye and use it to "age" paper, as a form of ink, or when super concentrated, use it to weather wood!
  • Keep dried grounds in a container under your sink and rub on your hands to eliminate odors from pungent foods.
  • Some people use coffee grounds as an exfolloiant for their skin and others add it to some coconut oil and use it as a scrub to rid their body of cellulite.
And for those ambitious enough, why not use coffee grounds to grow mushrooms?

1 comment:

Robbie said...

Well, who knew! Not me but you do/did! Thank for the tips!!!!