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15 Surprising Things You Can Do With Coffee Grounds

If you're like most Americans, you love a cup of java. But do you love coffee grounds? With these 15 ways to reuse coffee grounds, you just might.

Natalie Grigson

Staff Writer

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Coffee makes the world go round.

The average person in the U.S. drinks about two cups of coffee per day—that’s 730 cups a year. Coffee is our casual date beverage of choice; it is our productivity; and for many of us, our most reliable mood stabilizer.

But even more than something that we consume, coffee serves as something that we can recycle to better the world around us.

So grab a cup of freshly brewed coffee, and read Movoto Real Estate‘s guide on what to do with your coffee grounds. You could wind up saving the planet, some money, and in one case, literally, your own butt.

1. Plants Love a Good Cup of Joe

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You can use your old coffee grounds as mulch for plants that love acid, like roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, camellias, and hydrangeas.

2. Instant Snail Repellent

Coffee Grounds

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No matter how good your soil is, though, if you have snails or slugs in your garden, your flowers aren’t going to grow. So use old coffee grounds to poison—er—magically remove them from the area.

3. Ants Prefer Decaf

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You can also sprinkle coffee grounds around ant mounds to deter them.

4. Cats and Coffee Don’t Mix

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Keep the neighbors cats out of your garden by sprinkling a mix of orange peels and coffee grounds around any plants they’re attracted to. (Warning: this does not work for gnomes.)

5. Crack for Carrots

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To give your carrots a boost of energy, mix their seeds with dried coffee grounds before sowing. This also helps keeps pests away.

6. Like a Starbucks in Your Chimney

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Make cleaning your fireplace easier by sprinkling dampened used coffee grounds in the fireplace before cleaning, which will weigh down the ash and eliminate clouds of dust. Plus, it will just smell nice.

7. Get Creative

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Make a sepia dye with old coffee grounds by soaking them in hot water. Use the dye for fabrics, paper, or even Easter Eggs.

8. New Car Coffee Smell

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Make an air freshener for your car out of old coffee grounds by cutting the leg off of an old pair of nylon stockings. Dump a bunch of coffee grounds inside, then add about two drops of vanilla extract into the mix, and tie the leg off. Your car will smell less like a gym and more like… well, a mocha-flavored gym.

9. The New Coffee and Cigarettes

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If you can’t quite cut the habit of smoking—at least you can cut the smell. Just empty your ashtray, sprinkle around some old coffee grounds and use a soft washcloth to scrub out the residue. Then rinse.

10. Clean Your Fridge—Or Just Hide the Smell

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Deodorize your fridge by sprinkling used coffee grounds inside, or just put the whole used filter, grounds included, in an old margarine or butter dish.

11. Goodbye, Cellulite

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Okay, so there is no “proven” way to get rid of cellulite, but some celebrities swear by this odd treatment involving old coffee grounds: Mix an egg white with the day’s used coffee grounds, warm it up in the microwave, and then spread the gooey concoction on your problem areas. Wrap tightly in saran wrap. Boom—you’ve just saved $700 at the spa.

12. Brunettes, Rejoice!

Source: Flickr user How can I recycle this

Source: Flickr user How can I recycle this


Brunettes and dark redheads can benefit from rinsing their hair in coffee to rejuvenate their color. Just steep your used grounds in two cups of hot water and then rinse this through your hair.

13. Coffee-Off Dry Skin

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Exfoliating with coffee grounds can help stimulate blood flow, promoting healthier and tighter skin. Just add mineral oil or vitamin E oil to old coffee grounds and apply it to your skin with a loofah.

14. A Healthier Way to Tan

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To rejuvenate your summer tan without harming your skin in the sun, just add a cup of water to your old coffee grounds and boil them. Once it is cool, rub it all over your body, soak it in for about 15 minutes, and then rinse off.

15. The Cheapest Facelift Ever

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Mix a quarter cup of coffee grounds with one egg white, and then spread the mixture over your face. Once it is dry and flakey, rub the mask off and rinse your face. Voila—a tighter face. The facelift that costs 1/8000th of the price of surgery. Not too shabby.

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posted on: November 11, 2013
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5 Comments

  1. Tracy

    I love the list and I had a good chuckle with the comedy. Thank you for the information.

  2. CG

    The spa suggestions for the skin and celulite are priceless. THANKS.

  3. Micaela

    So excited to try out some of these tips. Can’t wait to get rid of celulite an dry skin. Thanks

  4. Joyce

    At almost 73 I’ll try anything thanks

  5. Priscilla Pelfrey

    These ideas stimulate the old gray matter to come up with other ideas! I am thinking of trying mixing in used grounds in a cookie or muffin; I like chocolate-covered coffee beans, so this might be tasting, in moderation!

 

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