18 Crazy-Practical Uses For Coffee Grounds That You Would Never Guess

Think of the last time you threw your coffee grounds away after your morning brew.  Did you feel a little twinge of guilt because you might be wasting something amazing?

No? Well you will after you see all of the crazy-practical ways that you can now use your coffee grounds.  

So here are 18 tricks for everything from skincare to help around the house and garden. Here’s 18 practical uses for coffee grounds.

Around The House

1. Deodorize Your Fridge


Place a bowl of dry grounds in your refrigerator or freezer to neutralize odors left by stale or spoiled food. 

2. Clean Tools and Dishware


Place a few teaspoons of grounds on a thin cleaning rag and use to scour away grease and grime. Finish with a thorough rinsing.

3. Clean Your Fireplace

If you want to sweep up the ashes from your fireplace, add some damp coffee grounds to the pile and sweep away. It will eliminate that dusty cloud.

4. Unclog Your Drain


With coffee grounds, boiling water and a little dish soap, you can unclog your bathroom and kitchen drains. See how here.

5. Get Scratches Out of Furniture


Use oil and coffee grounds or instant coffee to mask scratches in many shades of wood. Get the details here.

6. Make an Air Freshener

Perfect for your house or car. All you need is some coffee grounds and panty hose. See how to do it here.

7. Make a Flea Bath


Add some coffee grounds to your dog’s shampoo to create a natural flea repellant.

In The Kitchen

8. Make These No-Bake Energy Bites


Tasty, healthy, easy and energizing. Recipe here.

9. Tenderize Meat & Use As Seasoning


This works in two ways. Coffee grounds work as a tenderiser because, as they caramelise, they form a crust that locks in all the moisture of the meat. This not only adds a savoury-sweet flavour to your BBQ (pork works best with this) but once your meat is cooked, it will be fork-tender.

10. Infuse Desserts With Coffee


Add a small amount to brownies, cookies, cakes, etc to enhance the chocolate flavor.

As A Beauty Product

11. Strip Buildup from Your Hair


The abrasive texture of coffee grounds will help strip oils and buildup from your hair. Pile them on in the shower or, for a much less messy strategy, just add some grounds to your shampoo or conditioner. (Best for brunettes as coffee can also darken hair.)

12. Remove Dark Circles from Under Your Eyes

Just like coffee wakes YOU up in the morning, it can also wake up your face by reducing puffiness and tightening skin. See how it works here.

13. Make a Luxurious Body Scrub

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This rub will leave your whole body feeling soft and rejuvenated. See how to make it here. You can even use it for cellulite treatment! 

In The Garden

14. Repel Insects

Mound grounds into a ring to create a protective border around plants that will ward off ants and slugs.

15. Grow Blue Hydrangeas 


On their own, coffee grounds have a pH of about 5.1 — fairly acidic compared to the soil in most gardens. Though this can be too acidic for some plants, it's perfect for some that require extra-high acidity. Add a little to the soil in your hydrangeas for that extra bright blue aesthetic.

16. Increase Your Carrot and Radish Harvest

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Before you sow carrot seeds, mix them with some old dried coffee grounds to give them an energy boost right from the get-go. You’ll get bigger and better produce with the added bonus of deterring pests that want to eat your carrots before you do.

17. Make a Roach Trap


Fill a can or jar with an inch or two of moistened coffee grounds, then line the container's neck with extra-sticky double-sided tape. The scent will draw the roaches into the trap.

18. Use As Fertilizer


Add the coffee grounds to soil, and they will act as fertilizer. You can also mix warm water with the grounds then use the mixture as a fertilizing spray or feed for some of your house plants. Coffee grounds will be a good addition to compost, as well, since they are very rich in nutrients.

Tell us in the comments below what YOUR favorite one is.

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