55 Awesome Uses Of Coffee Grounds For Exceptional Lifestyle

I always feel bad dumping out used coffee grounds, because there’s so much of them.

Not to mention the mess they make if you dump them the wrong way!

I thought surely there had to be some way I could put them to use.

So, I did some research, and it turns out you can.

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Recycling Coffee Grounds 
(in Your Garden)

One way to put those used grounds to use is in your garden!

They are actually considered green compost material.

There are many other garden uses for those grounds as well.

#1. Tint Your Flowers Blue

Believe it or not, you can use grounds to give certain flowers a blue hue.

The acidity of the grounds reduces the pH level of the soil.

This, in turn, causes the flowers to turn blue. 

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#2. Begone, Slugs!

If you have a slug problem, you can use the grounds as a repellent.

Slugs don’t like the acidity of the coffee so they won’t go near it.

So just sprinkle some on the soil and voila!

#3. Start a Mushroom Farm

Strangely enough, you can also use the grounds to grow some mushrooms.

You just put them in a container and add either a mushroom spawn or spore.

Also, two sprays of water a day are needed for them to grow.

Then you can cook up some tasty mushrooms to put in your dinner!

#4. Coffee, Carrots and Radishes 
(Oh My!)

Do you grow carrots and/or radishes?

Good news - you can double your harvest with coffee grounds.

Just mix them with the seeds before planting, and wait for the results!

#5. Hello, Worms!

I know worms may not sound great, but they actually are great for your garden.

Their body processes help to fertilize the soil.

It just so happens, worms love coffee just like us.

So add a few worms and some grounds and you’re good to go!

#6. Best Compost Pile Ever!

Coffee grounds contain a high amount of nitrogen.

Nitrogen is really useful to your compost bin and will help it be at its best.

 Go ahead and toss those grounds into the compost!

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#7. Begone, Cats!

Have a bunch of stray cats you want to keep out?

Try sprinkling some coffee grounds mixed with orange peels on the ground outside.

Your problem should go away!

#8. Make the Best of Your 
Flower Vases

Coffee-based soil can actually be beneficial to your flowers.

It can extend the life of your flowers.

It can also be used as a DIY air freshener for the room!

#9. Make Your Own Fertilizer

You can actually make your own fertilizer with coffee grounds and water. 

Mix ½ grounds with 1 gallon of water and let it sit for around 24 hours.

Then, pour it on the base of your plants.

#10. Banana Peels with Coffee
(great for Garden)

You can also use banana peels in combination with your grounds.

Toss the peel in with the grounds into the soil.

Your plants will then have an extra source of nutrients and add to your harvest.

use of coffee grounds and citrus as compost


#11. Citrus Compost

Citrus peels have mostly the same garden properties as coffee grounds.

You can use them together to enhance results!

#12. Begone, Ants!

You can actually use coffee grounds to keep ants away.

Sprinkle them onto infested areas, and they’ll go.

It’s also beneficial to the area of soil you drop them in!

Daily Beneficial Uses
of Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds can also be used for helping in everything you do from day to day.

They can make things easier for you, overall, while keeping up the house.

#13. Spot-Cleaner

You can make a spot-removing solution with just coffee and water!

Just mix some grounds in with soapy water and you’re set.

It can be very helpful while cleaning your kitchen, or even bathrooms.

Clean Your Pans by coffee ground

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#14. Deep-Clean Your Pans

If you have a pan that can resist stains, you can use grounds to help clean them!

The grounds abrasively scrub off any layers of dirt and grime on your pan.

#15. Easy Way To Empty Your 

Tired of getting a nasty cloud of ash in your face while cleaning your fireplace?

Add some damp grounds, and it will prevent the cloud!

#16. Clean Your Disposal
With Coffee Chunks

You can make chunks of coffee grounds to aid in cleaning your garbage disposals.

Use 1 cup of dried grounds, ¾ cup Epsom salt, ½ cup baking soda, and 3 tbsp white vinegar.

Stir until it clumps, then freeze!

Pop one into your garbage disposal whenever you think it needs a cleaning.

Unclog a Kitchen Sink With Coffee Grounds


#17. Clogged Drain Solution

Have a clogged sink you want to fix?

You can use coffee, soap, and water to break it up.

Just dump in the grounds, then liquid soap, and finally boiling water.

#18. Get That Funky Smell 
Out of There

You can use some used coffee grounds to get rid of odors in your appliances.

It has a similar effect to the use of baking soda.

Just pop a box of grounds in there whenever you smell something funky!

#19. Fix Your Furniture

Got some scratches on your nice wood furniture?

Good news, you can cover them up with some grounds and oil.

Mix the two together and apply with a cotton swab.



#20. Age The Look of Wood

Have some brand-new wood that you want to look a little weathered?

You can do it with just steel wool, 1 tbsp grounds, and white vinegar!

Put the steel wool and coffee in a sealable container, then fill with the vinegar.

Let it sit for 24 hours, then rub the resulting mixture onto your board.

Coffee Trap For Roaches


#21. Begone, Roaches!

Are roaches a problem in your house that you’d like to remove?

If you’ve got a jar, some used grounds, and double sided tape you can rid them!

Just dump the coffee into the jar, and cover the jar neck with the double-sided tape.

The roaches will get stuck while going for the grounds.

#22. Freshen the Air With Coffee

Want to give your car or home a nice coffee scent?

If you’re willing to part with some unused grounds, you can make it happen.

Pour some fresh grounds into a pantyhose and tie it off for an air freshener.

#23. Pesky Pests

Coffee can get rid of ants that aren’t in your garden, too!

If you find them in your home, sprinkle some grounds there.

This should drive them away.

#24. Wash That Smell Off Of You!

If you’re cooking with something that gives off a strong odor, coffee can help get rid of it.

To get that garlic smell off your hands, scrub your hands with grounds while washing.

The coffee will help combat that strong odor.

Use Coffee in Cooking

Coffee is, as a generalization, a food product that we consume.

So it makes sense that coffee grounds can be used in other foods.

It can enhance and add to pre-existing flavors, making your meal better than ever.

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#25. Tender Meat Coffee-Rub

If you enjoy tender pork roast, try making a coffee rub for the meat.

It will make the meat more tender, as well as adding to the flavor.

#26. Coffee Energy Bites

You can use coffee grounds to get an energy boost in food form, too.

Just follow this recipe:


  • Whole grain oatmeal (dry) - 1 cup
  • Ground flaxseed - 1/2 cup
  • Freshly ground coffee beans - 1.5 tbsp
  • Creamy almond butter - 1/2 cup
  • Honey - 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla - 1 tsp
  • Chocolate chips - 1/4 cup
  • Dried cranberries - 1/4 cup


  • Stir the dry ingredients (excluding chocolate chips and cranberries).
  • Then stir in the wet ingredients.
  • Fold chocolate chips and cranberries into the mixture.
  • Chill for 20 minutes.
  • Roll into balls.

#27. Boost The Flavor

If you’d like to have a generally bolder taste in something you’re cooking, add coffee.

Just replace the water with coffee, and it will enhance the flavor of the dish.

You can use this in anything from cakes to chili.

#28. Store the Coffee

If you have leftover brewed coffee, you can keep it to use later.

Just pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze.

You can then pop some into a stock to add some coffee flavor.

The Beauty of Coffee

We know now that you can use grounds in the garden, house, and food.

It can also be used in your daily and weekly beauty routines.

There are a few different tricks that coffee can help with that I’ve researched.

#29. Begone, Cellulite!

If you have some cellulite you’ve been trying to get rid of, you can make a coffee scrub.

Just follow this recipe:


  • Coffee grounds - 1 cup
  • Coconut oil - 6 tbsp
  • Sea salt/sugar - 3 tbsp



  • Mix dry ingredients.
  • Melt coconut oil and mix.
  • Scrub on problem areas.

#30. Begone, Hair Buildup!

If you use a lot of hair styling product, chances are you have buildup.

Luckily, you can use grounds to break and get rid of that residue.

Just scrub the grounds into your hair before shampooing!

#31. Begone, Dark Circles!

Coffee wakes you up, but did you know it can reduce eye puffiness?

Make a paste of grounds and water, and apply under your eyes.

Let it sit for 15 minutes, rinse off, and you should see results!

#32. Face Cleanse

 Exfoliants are good for the skin and can help blood flow.

Coffee grounds are a great exfoliant that you can use to wash your face.

For moisture, mix the grounds with olive oil before scrubbing.

Enhance Your Hair Color by coffee

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#33. Enhance Your Hair Color

If you have brunette, using coffee grounds can actually help boost your color.

Just add one or two teaspoons of grounds to your conditioner.

It gives you a short-lasting stain on your hair.

Anti-Odor Soap Recipe

If you’re looking for a good soap that doesn’t smell floral, you can make one yourself!

Coffee is a good odor removal, so just follow this recipe for a deodorizing soap:


  • Glycerin soap - 8 ounces
  • Used coffee grounds - ¼ cup
  • Vanilla - 1 teaspoon
  • Powdered milk - 1 teaspoon


  • Fill a small pan with a cup of water with a metal or glass bowl on top over a medium heat.
  • Place soap in the bowl and melt, add vanilla, 1 tsp coffee grounds, and powdered milk once melted and off heat.
  • Grease muffin tin and put a spoonful of grounds in the base of the pan.
  • Ladle soap into muffin tin and cool for hours.

#34. Begone, Garlic Hands!

 If you’re cooking with something that gives off a strong odor, coffee can help get rid of it.

To get that garlic smell off your hands, scrub your hands with grounds while washing.

The coffee will help combat that strong odor.

#35. Begone, Fleas!

A lot of bugs and animals don’t like coffee, including fleas.

If your pets have a flea problem, try adding a tablespoon of grounds to the dog’s shampoo.

This should help deter the fleas from your furry ones!

#36. At-Home Spa Day

Are you really in need of a day to yourself so you can relax?

Try giving yourself a little at-home spa experience with this coffee scrub recipe:



  • Coarse sea salt - 1 ½ cup
  • Dried coffee grounds - 1 cup
  • Coconut oil - 1 cup
  • Lemon essential oil - 5-15 drops



  • Mix dry ingredients, then mix in wet ingredients.

#37. Face Mask

You can actually get that coffee buzz another way than consumption.

Follow this recipe to make a mask that is sure to wake you up in the morning:


  • Freshly fine-ground coffee - 2 tbsp
  • Cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
  • Yogurt - 3 tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tbsp


  • Mix all ingredients together.

#38. Scrub That Skin

If you need to rid your skin of dead cells, you can use coffee grounds to do so.

Mix the grounds with melted coconut oil.

Spread onto wherever you need exfoliating, and see the results!

#39. Shine and Growth Stimulant

 If you’ve been looking to fix your dull hair and make it start growing, look no further!

This instant coffee hair mask recipe will make your hair ultra shiny and stimulate growth:


  • Instant coffee powder - 1 tbsp
  • Castor oil - 1 Tsp
  • Extra virgin raw coconut oil - 1 Tsp
  • Yogurt - 2 tbsp



  • Mix oils and coffee.
  • Add yogurt and apply.
Coffee ground for chaped lips

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#40. Begone, Chapped Lips

Having a problem with chapped lips this season?

Don’t worry, I have a lip scrub recipe for you:

Coffee grounds and honey.

Yep, that’s it!

Mix ½ tsp of each and apply to your lips for an instant softening of your lips.

Coffee for smell

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#41. Reset Your Sense of Smell

Smelling a lot of different fragrances at once can wear your nose out.

To cleanse your nose palette, sniff some coffee grounds!

It helps to reset your sense of smell and help you tell scents apart more easily.

#42. Begone, Dull Skin!

Have you been feeling like your skin looks a little dull?

You can remove the toxins from your skin with just coffee grounds and olive oil.

This will help brighten your skin again.

Use two tablespoons of each and leave on your face for 30 seconds.

Coffee Crafts

If you’re like me and have a little one running around, you may want to use the grounds for them.

There’s a lot of different ways you can use coffee for arts and crafts for you and your child.

I’ve looked up quite a few for my little girl and me, and I’m gonna share them with you all.

#43. Coffee Play-Dough

Have you been too afraid to give your kid play-dough for fear they’ll eat it?

There’s an easy recipe that’s safe to eat, but they probably won’t like the taste:


  • Flour - 2 cups
  • Coffee grounds - 1/2 cup
  • Instant Coffee - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - 1 cup
  • Cream of Tartar - 2 Tsp
  • Hot water - 1 cup
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Soap shavings



  • Mix dry ingredients.
  • Add wet ingredients and stir.
  • Let sit, stir again.

#44. Make Your Own Pin Cushion

Tired of having to spend money on new pincushions?

Make your own!

Use coffee grounds as the filler, you’ll find they work just as well.

#45. Coffee-Dyed Easter Eggs

I’m not going to lie, eating artificially dyed eggs on Easter sometimes unnerves me.

I don’t like thinking about the fact that I’m eating a chemically-coated egg.

So, I found a natural way to stain Easter eggs with coffee:



  • Hard-boiled white eggs - ½ dozen
  • Water - 4 cups
  • White vinegar - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - 1 tbsp
  • Ground coffee - 4 tbsp



  • Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Run through a coffee filter.
  • Cool.

#46. Coffee Paint

If you want a safe paint for you kid, coffee is a good way to go.

Grab some coffee from what you brewed and pour it into a small cup.

Hand it over to your child with a paint brush and cardstock, and let them at it!

#47. Candle of Coffee

Obsessed with the smell of coffee? Me too!

I recommend making this coffee candle to keep that smell throughout your house:



  • Small paper coffee cup
  • Paper towel
  • Candle Wick
  • Wax candle shavings - 1 cup
  • Used coffee grounds - 2 tbsp



  • Place candle wax in metal/glass bowl and set in simmering water to melt.
  • Clean and dry coffee cup.
  • Dry grounds with the paper towel.
  • Place the wick in the middle of the paper cup.
  • Add a layer of coffee grounds.
  • Pour in half of the wax and let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Add a second layer of grounds, followed by the second half of the wax.
  • Cool for an hour then remove the paper cup.

#48. Antique Finish

Working on a project where you want the paper to look vintage?

You can use coffee as an antique stain:


  • Cheap coffee - 6 cups
  • Boiling water - 2 cups



  • Dump grounds into a flat pan.
  • Pour boiling water over grounds.
  • Place paper in the pan, and let sit until the desired color is reached (darkens slightly when dry).
  • Hang to dry.

#49. Stones of Hidden Treasure

If your small one loves treats, hide a toy in a rock for them to smash and find.

Follow this recipe to give them a little surprise:



  • Used coffee grounds - 1 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 cup
  • Sand - 1/4 cup
  • Flour - 1 cup
  • Water - 3/4 cup



  • Mix dry ingredients.
  • Slowly add water, forming a dough.
  • Knead smooth.
  • Split into quarters.
  • Hide the toy and bake at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours.
  • Let dry for a few days, then let the kids smash them!

#50. Coffee Fossil Day

Plan a fun excavation day of fossils for your kids!

You can use coffee grounds to make fossils to hide for your children to dig up.


  • Used coffee grounds - 1 cup
  • Cold coffee - 1/2 cup
  • Flour - 1 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 cup
  • Wax paper
  • Empty can
  • Toothpicks



  • Stir grounds, coffee, flour, and salt.
  • Knead the dough and spread onto wax paper.
  • Use can to cut circles out of the dough.
  • Imprint objects of your choice from around the house, like seashells.
  • Let sit overnight, then bury.

#51. Coffee for Fabrics

If you have a smell that seems to not want to come out of some cloth, use coffee.

Set out a pan of unused coffee grounds and fold the fabric, placing it on the grounds overnight.

The grounds will soak up the odors that are clinging to the cloth.

Coffee Bean Coaster

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#52. Coffee Bean Coaster

Want to display your love for coffee?

Pick up some cheap, plain coasters and hot-glue some cut-in-half coffee beans to them.

You can set your coffee on top of more coffee!

Other Beneficial Uses

There are also a lot of other very useful properties of coffee grounds.

These things can help you make certain situations a lot easier for you.

Coffee can truly be a lifesaver!

#53. Begone, Ice!

Is your sidewalk icy but you don’t have any snow salt?

Just sprinkle some coffee grounds on there for the same effect!

The grounds create a traction to combat the slippery ice below and the acid starts to melt the ice.

#54. Coffee Fish Bait

Fish are attracted to the scent of coffee.

Try throwing your worm bait into a can of coffee grounds while fishing.

This will coat the bait in the coffee smell that the marine life travels toward!

#55. Acne Fighter

If you face acne on your face or body, try using coffee grounds as a cleansing toner.

The antioxidants help combat those nasty blemishes.

Mix the grounds with milk to form a paste and let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.

Which One You Like Most?

As you can see, there are so many more uses for coffee grounds than just brewing coffee.

Maybe non-coffee-lovers will start buying coffee now that they now all the benefits!

I know these long list of information has given my family a lot of fun projects to work on.

What about you? Which one you liked?

Share your experience in the comment section. I am waiting to learn more ways!

























Sarah Price

Creator & editor here at House Of Arabica. I'm a proud mother of one baby girl. Passionate about coffees and their variations. Love to review coffee accessories! Please feel free to put your comment below.

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