Can You Reuse Coffee Grounds? 7 Great Ideas

Can you reuse coffee grounds
Can you reuse coffee grounds?

What if we told you not to throw out your used or old coffee grounds? It always feels like such a waste when we toss out those spent coffee grounds after a morning cup.

So, can you reuse coffee grounds? Believe it or not, there are several ways to reuse coffee grounds and old grounds.

While you can’t exactly use old grounds in your French press, you can instead use them for other practical reasons. You don’t even have to limit your leftover coffee ideas to our list.

These are the best uses and some crazy ideas on how to reuse your coffee grounds.

1. An Odor Eater

The smell of dried coffee ground can actually do wonders for bad odors. Dried grounds won’t only cover the smell, but also absorb the odor. Coffee grounds can get rid of some of the worst smells in your home.

If your garbage or compost pile is extra stinky, sprinkle over some dry coffee grounds to wipe out that smell.

You can even use them to deodorize your refrigerator. Place them in an open container in your fridge as an alternative to baking soda deodorizer.

The scent can also create a pleasant, fresh coffee smell in your home at all times. Make it into a potpourri mix for your living room or even your bedroom.

Keep in mind, the coffee grounds have to be dried out to work as an odor eater. The best way to do this is by baking them. 

2. For Cleaning

Coffee grounds can work wonders for cleaning. Since they’re so acidic, they work best for cleaning extra grimy pans.

To do this, soak a sponge in water. Then sprinkle some coffee grounds on your sponge to make a coarser surface, and you can freely scrub away at your pots and pans.

You can also unclog a drain with reused coffee grounds, as long as it’s a minor clog. Mix the coffee grounds with boiling water.

You don’t even have to worry about any damage to your pipes using grounds. 

3. Fertilizer for Your Plants

Fertilizer for Your Plants

Coffee beans are full of good nutrients, making them perfect as a fertilizer substitute. They’re full of nitrogen and phosphorus, among other important ingredients.

But you have to do it right in order to get the benefits and to prevent harm to your plants.

First, don’t use too much coffee grounds when you sprinkle your plant with it. Caffeine can stunt a plant’s growth. No one is sure how much caffeine is left in coffee grounds once they’ve been used.

To be on the safe side, don’t over-do it on the coffee grounds. Use a minimal amount.

Some coffee grounds are on the more acidic side. You’ll want to know what’s what before you use it on your plant.

If your plant needs a more neutral pH, you want more neutral grounds. But it’s safer to stay away from using coffee grounds in this situation.

4. To Hide Scratches

To use coffee grounds for scratches, make sure the color of the grounds matches the color of your scratched wood furniture.’

It’s super simple to use grounds to hide scratches. You’re staining the wood so they’re less visible.

Start by mixing the coffee grounds with more water to create a thick paste.

Then, you rub the wet grounds across the scratches. Let the coffee grounds sit on the scratch for a minute, then wipe them off.

Use a soft cloth to wipe off the grounds. One that won’t scratch your furniture any further.

You’ll have to repeat this process a few times to get the color dark enough to hide that awful scratch.

5. In Your Baked Goods

Are you a big baker? Consider throwing some coffee grounds into your next batch of chocolate baked goods. Or make some delicious coffee cake.

Our favorite is to throw it into our breakfast baked goods. You get double that coffee taste to get you through the morning.

You don’t have to stick to baked goods, either. You can also make some yummy meat rubs and spices with a touch of coffee grounds.

6. A Good Body Scrub

A Good Body Scrub

If you can’t get enough of the coffee smell, reuse coffee grounds to make a body scrub.

Once dried, the coffee grounds have a texture that’s coarse enough to exfoliate your skin. They’ll get rid of all that dead skin.

You don’t need a bunch of chemicals to make your body scrub. You can use the ingredients you have at home or get them at your local grocery store. And remember to reuse coffee grounds once you've made a delicious pot of coffee.

You can make a yummy smelling body scrub with some coffee grounds, organic brown sugar, and melted organic coconut oil.

Mix everything and you’re good to scrub away!

7. A Shiny Hair Rinse

Is your hair looking a bit dull? Do you want to boost your hair growth? Reuse coffee grounds and make a delicious smelling hair rinse.

Before we get started, we don’t recommend this for anyone with light-colored hair. The grounds can dye your hair. The darker the color, the darker it can dye. Even if it’s only temporary.

This hair rinse is best for anyone with brown hues in their hair.

Your special hair rinse needs to be cold when you go to use it. The first method involves mixing the grounds with water. Spray bottles make the application easier and less messy.

Don’t rinse the ground mix out of your hair right away. Put your hair up in a towel for about half an hour. Then feel free to rinse it out with warm water.

Another way to reuse coffee grounds is by rubbing the cold wet coffee grounds into your hair and on your scalp. After you’ve applied the coffee grounds, rinse your hair.

Make sure you clean your shower or bathtub right away, especially if it’s a bright white surface. It can stain if it sits on a surface too long. 

So, Can You Reuse Coffee Grounds?

If you’re looking for a zero-waste approach or you want to try something new, reusing coffee grounds should be a go-to.

These are only a few options when it comes to reusing coffee grounds. Get creative and try out different ideas.