What To Do With Leftover Coffee Grounds?

what to do with leftover grounds

Coffee grounds are usually thrown away when you’re done with your morning cup. But what if you could use them to bring joy into the lives of others, and even profit? That’s where this article comes in. Read on to learn how many ways you can get creative with your old coffee grounds!

But first how coffee grounds are made? Coffee grounds are the residues that remain after coffee beans (roasted coffee beans) have been brewed and percolated. They’re the end product of roasting and brewing coffee.

Below we will see the different ways to use coffee grounds effectively!

1. Make Fertilizer For Your Plants

Coffee grounds are full of nitrogen (N), a mineral that is important in plant growth.

They’re acidic, so they’re safe to use on plants that prefer a low pH, such as azaleas and blueberries.

Use them to fertilize all kinds of plants, from flowers to vegetables. If you want to add some nutrients while maintaining your coffee’s strong smell, mix it with compost and humus.

2. Make Natural Deodorant

Coffee grounds, like coffee, have a strong odor. 

When you wash your clothes, add them to the laundry to make a natural deodorant that prevents bacterial growth on your skin.

3. Make Some Coffee Soap!

Coffee grounds are an excellent soapmaking ingredient, especially when combined with powdered milk and other ingredients for a “hot” soap! 

Why? Because they are high in fatty acids, and oils, which help to moisturize the skin.

4. Make Those Black Eyes Go Away

You can make a natural remedy for a black eye if you’re having a particularly bad day. 1 tablespoon honey, 1/3 cup coffee grounds, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice are required.

Apply the mixture to your skin and leave it for 10 mins. You can also combine it with green tea for a more effective effect.

5. Remedy for Sore Muscles

Coffee grounds are filled with antioxidants, which is why they’re a great remedy for muscle pain

Mix two tablespoons of coffee grounds with one tablespoon of coconut oil and massage the mixture onto your muscles.

It’s even better if you let it sit for a couple of hours before rubbing it into the skin.

6. Clean Your Teeth

Like we mentioned before, coffee grounds are full of antioxidants.

But they also have antibacterial properties. Use them to brush your teeth because they’re alkaline-rich, which means they clean your mouth and teeth.

7. Freshen Your Room

You can use coffee grounds to eliminate odors in your home if you mix one tablespoon of ground coffee with one half cup of vinegar and two tablespoons of water in a bowl.

Let it sit overnight before using the mixture as a natural air freshener in the morning.

8. Clean Your Toilet

To help clean the toilet, mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds in a bowl. Pour it into the tank and let it sit for at least 24 hours before using it.

9. Freshen Up Your Fridge

Coffee grounds as we said before are full of antioxidants that can make your refrigerator smell fresher!

To do this, mix one tablespoon of coffee grounds with two tablespoons each of baking soda and salt in a bowl.

10. Clean Your Keyboard

If you have a funky smell on your keyboard and don’t want to go through the hassle of washing it, mix one tablespoon of coffee grounds with two tablespoons each of baking soda and water and let it sit for at least two hours.

11. Clean Your Stove

To get rid of the smells in your stove, mix one tablespoon of coffee grounds with two tablespoons each of baking soda and salt and let it sit overnight. Remove it in the morning, and you’ll have a cleaner kitchen!

12. Get Rid Of The Smell From Your Shoes

If you love to go hiking or walking a lot, or even hit the gym regularly but don’t like the smell of your shoes when you take them off, place coffee grounds in a thin pouch, inside your shoes for some hours, to eliminate the odor.

13. Freshen Up Your Closet

If your closet smells badly, try spritzing it with your coffee grounds!

14. Make A Natural Air Freshener

Like we mentioned at #5, coffee grounds are full of antioxidants and other good things that make them perfect for making homemade air fresheners.

You can also try mixing one tablespoon of coffee grounds with two tablespoons baking soda to make it last longer. Just mix the two together in a bowl and store them in a jar or container.

15. Clean Your Oven

If you have a bad odor in your oven, try this! Mix three tablespoons of vinegar with two tablespoons of coffee grounds together. Put them inside the oven and let it sit overnight before using.

16. Get Rid of Ants

If you want to get rid of ants, try also this! Mix two tablespoons of coffee grounds with one tablespoon each of sugar and salt. Sprinkle the mixture all over where the ants are.

17. Get Rid of Smells From Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal might smell because there’s a bad scent coming from the pipes, or because there’s food stuck inside.

If this is the case. Mix two tablespoons of coffee grounds with one tablespoon of baking soda and allow it to sit overnight before using.

18. Get Rid of Unwanted Smells From Pots And Pans

If you have bad smells coming from your pots and pans, you can try this! Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of coffee grounds.


FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

what to do with leftover coffee

How do you dispose of coffee grounds?

Coffee grounds should be disposed of by placing them in the trash, if possible. If not, place them in a container made for composting.

How often should I put coffee grounds on my tomato plants?

You can place coffee grounds directly onto your tomato plants every two weeks.

Do coffee grounds attract rats?

There are some rat experts out there that claim, “Yes, coffee grounds attract rats.” However, this is not the case. Coffee grounds could be used as a repellent to keep away the rats, but they are not a “natural” solution.

What do I do with coffee grounds when I put them in my garden?

You can use coffee grounds in flower or vegetable gardens to help create a rich soil for your plants. All you have to do is mix the coffee grounds with soil, add it to the ground, and water it during the summer months.

Where do I keep my coffee grounds if I'm using them in my garden?

You can store them in a container inside your house while they’re not being used..

Last Thoughts

So there you have it! You’re now armed with the knowledge to make your life a lot easier and fresher with leftover or fresh coffee grounds.

Remember coffee grounds are not just for your coffee, but can also be used to clean your car, help a plant grow and so much more as you saw above.

Remember too that there are different types of coffee grounds and each type has various purposes. So get out there and use your leftover coffee grounds or even buy some for cleaning purposes instead of drinking them this time!

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