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10 Unusual Uses For Coffee Grounds

Before you discard those used coffee grounds or send them straight to the compost, consider these clever household uses for them:

Unusual Uses For Used Coffee Grounds

1. As an Exfoliant

The rough texture of the coffee grounds can be used on your skin as a scrub. Coffee scrubs are all the rage. Just mix 1/2 cup coffee grounds and 1/2 cup sugar (any kind) with 1/4 cup coconut oil in a small jar with a lid. Work into wet skin, and rinse. Many commercial scrubs use coffee to reportedly combat cellulite.

2. Soil Aeration and Nitrogen Boost for Houseplants

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Adding coffee grounds to your houseplants helps the pH balance (toward acidity) as well as increasing nitrogen and aerating the soil. Tomatoes also love acidic soil! Sprinkle a thin layer on top.

3. Neutralize Refrigerator Odors

Placing them in a shallow dish in the refrigerator to act as a natural deodorizer. The only thing you need to watch for is mold if you use damp grounds. Replace immediately with fresher grounds if it turns into a science experiment.

4. Natural De-Icer

Sprinkle used grounds on your freshly shoveled walk or driveway to help melt the ice—it’s a natural and environmentally friendly way to add more traction underfoot. Just wipe your feet well before coming indoors!

5. Dye Easter Eggs or Paper Crafts

Easter eggs painted with natural egg dye from fruits and vegetables. Homemade naturally dyed Easter eggs with ingredients.

 

Soaking in a solution with water and used coffee grounds can be used to give an “antique” sepia appearance to watercolor paper or Easter eggs.

6. Water Your Roses

Coffee grounds can help lower the pH in your soil which your roses love. Mix 1 cup of grounds in 1 gallon of water, and water the roses. This method helps distribute the grounds evenly and get the nutrients to the roots. (Never add grounds right next to the plant which can cause burn).

7. Scour Pots and Pans

No scrubbie pads on hand? The gentle abrasiveness of coffee grounds can help in the kitchen to remove stubborn caked-on food from your pots and pans. Just scrub first, then wash and rinse.

8. Snail, Slug, and Cat Repellent

In the garden, use coffee grounds as a barrier around the garden. It will help keep these pests at bay.

9. Steroids for Your Carrot Crop

Carrots love coffee grounds! They will grow larger and sweeter and the plants will have a greater yield. Just trowel grounds in when planting. Radishes love it, too!

10. Fishing Secret

Mix a cup of used coffee grounds in with your bait worms to keep them alive and wiggling longer. Plus, fish—especially trout and bass—are attracted to coffee-scented worms.

Do you have a special way you use those used coffee grounds? Tell us in the comments below!

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Bev M
Bev M
5 years ago

yes…. I also use coffee grounds to help make my pink hydrangea blue…. sometimes I end up with purple, but hey that’s ok too

SUE FIELDS
SUE FIELDS
5 years ago

I USE THE COFFEE GROUNDS AROUND ALL OF MY ACID LOVING PLANTS AS WELL AS EGG SHELLS.

Travis Cole
Travis Cole
5 years ago

Worm Food. Sprinkle them where you dig for worms that you use for fish bait.

Annamarie
Annamarie
5 years ago

My father swears by coffee grounds for his roses.

Nancy
Nancy
5 years ago

I use them to get rid of fire ants or any kind of ants.I put it on the fire ant mound with in minuts they are going crazy running away.a few days they will be gone.

Michele H
Michele H
5 years ago

roses love coffee grounds!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
5 years ago

Just do not use coffee grounds to clean your garbage disposal if you are on a septic tank. Coffee grounds and egg shells will ruin your septic system faster than anything else.

Nic
Nic
5 years ago

don’t put coffee grinds in your disposal they can clog your drains. use citrus rinds and rosemary to freshen your disposal

SB
SB
5 years ago

Cat repellent? I have a visiting cat in my carport. I would really like him to move on down tho the neighbors house. Anyone heard this works?

Melissa
Melissa
5 years ago

i use them in flower pots to discourage squirrels from digging and hiding seeds.

Marilyn Tucker
Marilyn Tucker
5 years ago

I use coffee grounds for roses. It will bring them out full force. Just take your used coffee grounds, sprinkle them around the plants base, and work them into the ground. You should see a change in about 3 weeks.

Bruce
Bruce
5 years ago

We used to use them for night crawler food while keeping them for fishing.

Judy
Judy
5 years ago

I use spent coffee grounds around the base of all my outside flowers. I never use fertilizer. The earth worms like coffee grounds and keep the dirt worked up around all the plants. Roses, Lilies, Hosta, Stargazer, Hydrenga, tomato plants.

Russ R
Russ R
5 years ago

In Florida the sago palms get white fungus spots. Save about a half of a coffee can. Add water the rest of the way. Let set for a day. Just before dark spray the fronds. Soak them good. Fungus spots gone in a couple days.

Vicki Rose
Vicki Rose
5 years ago

Where there are smokers and a “ashtray” outside, use coffee grounds to absorb smoke odors.

Jerline jackson
Jerline jackson
5 years ago

I use them for fire ants and they do scatter but they dont necessarily go away. There are so many mounds this year.

Ginger Robbins
Ginger Robbins
4 years ago

This is later than your post. Here in Ohio we don’t have fire ants but nasty ones nevertheless. I sprinkled Paprika and Cayenne powders in the flower beds 6 years ago…they are still gone!

Gharlie Davis
Gharlie Davis
5 years ago

What can wood ashes be good for. I have a lot of Wood Ashes from my Wood Burning Stove every year. Thanks Charlie

jill
jill
5 years ago

Used to repel ants

Cheryl W.
Cheryl W.
5 years ago

I use my coffee grounds around my African Violet in a Styrofoam tray (like the ones used for meat). I’ve had my plant for 10 years and it blooms 3 times a year. It is called Cosmo and the flowers have sparkly glitter on them. The Magenta color comes out dark or lighter every time and still has the sparkles on them. Very pretty!!!

Gail Wilde
Gail Wilde
5 years ago

When my garbage disposal jammed, the maintenance man discovered it was jammed with coffee grounds. He said NEVER to put coffee grounds into the disposal, to clean it, or just along with other foods.

Allen
Allen
5 years ago

I use them to feed my compost worms and chickens.

Em
Em
5 years ago

Good for cellulite and stretch marks

Edith Glascock
Edith Glascock
5 years ago

We use them around our blueberries. Blueberry bushes love acidic soil. The bushes are loaded with berries.

Betty Brown
Betty Brown
5 years ago

Greetings Betty,
Here are a few coffee ground ideas for your garden and around the house.
I will get a good letter off to you soon. Thanks for all email.
Love, Eileen

RIMA MAMI SALEM
RIMA MAMI SALEM
5 years ago

Per favore tradurere in italiano

Mary C Moore
Mary C Moore
5 years ago

My pharmacist said to use coffee grounds to dispose of unused prescription drugs. simply soak the pills in water until soft or dissolved, then add coffee grounds until a thick mixture is made. Then, just dispose of in the trash. Next time, I will soak the pills in a zip-lock bag, add the coffee grounds, zip and throw!

Pat Shadoin-ford
Pat Shadoin-ford
5 years ago

Wood ash is the sorce of Lie used in soap and other cleaning liquids. My Grandmother and I would make lie every summer when I came to the farm for 6 weeks. You would need a Large crock jar. She had a special wooden stand that had two flat boards between to long legs. The legs were bolted together to form an X on each side and one board was lower than the other. This thing was about 2-3ft wide and the was the boards came together there was a very small space to allow the slowly pored water through the ash. What was collected was pure lie.This chemical reaction is very hot so be very careful, you can be burned by a splash. Grandma would take her rings off and apply a heavy layer of vasoline on her hands to protect herself and an old blouse over her dress to protect her arms. We always ware a bandana over our faces to protect our lungs. Fumes.

She also used some of the ash in her garden for plants that needs more acid in the soil.

Leith Prior
Leith Prior
5 years ago

I have been putting coffee grounds in my newly planted rose garden for quite a while now as I was told it would improve the soil and I have seen improvement. My son ‘who knows all?’ said it wouldn’t do the soil any good at all, well there you go, I followed my instincts and continued. Thankyou.

EdieJane Snow
EdieJane Snow
5 years ago

I am delighted for additional ideas using steeped coffee grounds. I agree that they work well on getting rid of ants. I collect them for a few days then go sprinkle along our patio and in the garden/house plants. Now that I know, I will give those carrots extra caffeine.

Mary
Mary
5 years ago

My MIL didn’t have a fan in her kitchen and as she fried fish, she boiled used grounds to absorb the smell. It works!

Sarah E
Sarah E
5 years ago

I use my leftover grounds to put out when it’s icy in the winter! It’s safer for my dogs paws.

SANDRA CHAPMAN
SANDRA CHAPMAN
5 years ago

I use coffee grains for a ant bait. It stop ants from getting in your flower garden or flower pots and around my rose bushes and also it keep ants off my patio deck.

Tom K
Tom K
5 years ago

I put coffee grounds on my stumps, which start to disappear after about 6 months. It takes longer than cutting/burning them, but using coffee grounds is just as effective.

Kristina
Kristina
5 years ago

My son in law uses coffee grind to stain pine wood to give it a older rustic look to it. He did this on the furniture he made for the café they have. Many compliments on this.

Jayson Baker
Jayson Baker
5 years ago

Use ice cubes before the coffee grinds to clean the garbage disposals. Grinds alive are likely to jam the lower power disposals.

jessica
jessica
3 years ago
Reply to  Jayson Baker

COLLECT and FREEZE used lime lemon or orange rinds in a qt size storage bag. Running your disposal with 1-3 frizen wedges every other day will keep your sink pipes disposal blades clean and fresh. Citrus juices have natural antibacterial properties.

Susan Higgins
3 years ago
Reply to  jessica

Hi Jessica, yes, that’s one of our favorite tips! Take a look: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/tips/smelly-garbage-disposal/

LaVonne
LaVonne
5 years ago

I also heard that they are bad for a garbage disposal. However, my roses were looking thin and having to be staked- this year after giving them coffee grounds they are sturdier and more colorful than I have seen them in 10 years!! I have 20 bushes!

Angie
Angie
5 years ago

Starbucks gives their grounds away for free! Ask for them for your garden!

Patti Jensen
Patti Jensen
5 years ago

I use coffee grounds in my night crawlers. They grow plumper and stay lively longer.

Christine H
Christine H
5 years ago

FYI do not use coffee grounds in the sink if you have a septic system. they do not dissolve and can cause serious damage to the whole system. But roses love them, as do blueberry bushes who like high acidic properties. 😉 Love reusing stuff. Save the lint from your dryer and the toilet paper rolls (once the toilet paper is used lol) stuff the rolls with the lint and you have fireplace starters. Works every time and reduces what you throw in the trash.

Sue
Sue
5 years ago

I use wet coffee grounds to get rid of ants. Spread them in a small area of where ever they accumulate and within a day they totally disappear. Just wipe them up and they are animal friendly and no dangerous pesticides around children and animals.

Mark
Mark
5 years ago

My coffee machine creates min-hockey pucks after each cup. I fling them into the yard and the garden. When it rains, it smells like a fresh cup of coffee… 😉

Bobo
Bobo
5 years ago

I place it on rose bushes

Bobo
Bobo
5 years ago

I place them on my rose bushes

ELEANORE CIUBA
ELEANORE CIUBA
5 years ago

I always dumped my coffee grounds into the garden. I forget the rationale for why I did that. And placed my banana peels about the roses in the garden and still do. And the heads of fish (purchased at the open market in Elizabeth,NJ) about the rose bushes. I recall my Mom doing that with the fishheads in her garden. I wonder if they still have the open markets near the Harmonia Bank area on Elizabeth Ave still!!!! And down the port on opposite days!!!! And “Jerry s hot dogs on Elizabeth Ave.!!!!!! I guess its not there any longer???? Reminiscing about my favorite places in Elizabeth NJ!!!!! Chicks restaurant down the port across from the old Singers Bldg. What great food!!! And nothing like a White Castle hamburger on the corner of Westfied Ave. and Elmora Ave.We do not have any White Castle restaurants in So Jersey……I have not seen any in years. The park across from St. Patrick s Church (a beautiful cathedral) along with the Grammar and High Schools that I went to as a child and teenager.The old Police Station I remember and then the current new one (my husband a Police Officer……reported for duty at both at the time. Memories of good ole Elizabeth, NJ.!!!!!!

Wanda Stevens
Wanda Stevens
5 years ago

Someone told me to use coffee grounds around my tomato plants and they would thrive. Anyone know about this?

violet
violet
5 years ago

Does anyone have a reason and a cure of why a once beautiful healthy red velvet roses bush that has healthy leaves stems and roses the beginning of the season, but for the last 8 years blooms few roses with black edges on each pedal and some leaves have yellowed and holes. We have fed them rose food, used the banana & coffee treatments, applied rose bug killer and cut them back at the end of each season only for a repeat performance yearly,in southern CT. HELP!

Trace
Trace
5 years ago

I used them on my wisteria that refused to bloom, and it bloomed the following spring. Of course, that could be age or coincidence, but I’ll be doing it again when I cut it back. Now that I know about roses liking coffee, I’ll give them some grounds too.

Kathy B
Kathy B
5 years ago

I Use Coffee Grounds,Banana skins, around my Raspberries ,Roses, tomatoes and what a crop of these fruit & veg i had this year and the raspberries are ever baring and there still loaded with a second crop hope we don,t get frost early

Rebecca Boehmer
Rebecca Boehmer
5 years ago

I saw a comment on another site that coffee grounds could be used to combat fleas does anyone know about this

Courtney MacDonald
Courtney MacDonald
5 years ago

Use coffee with milk to dye fabric…And if you get a spot on your shirt..just paint petals around it.