15 Uses for Coffee Grounds

After you brew your morning coffee, what do you do with the used coffee grounds? If you said, “I throw them away”, have I got a list of uses for coffee grounds for you! Used coffee grounds can be used for many different things. Before you toss them in the trash, take a look at these unusual uses for coffee grounds that may come in handy.

15 Amazing Uses for Coffee Grounds that you should know!

Uses for Coffee Grounds


Coffee grounds for cellulite

1. Mix ½ cup of used coffee grounds with 2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil. Massage all over body while standing in the shower. Leave on for 10 minutes before showering. This mixture will exfoliate your skin and may also help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.


Do coffee grounds clean drains

2. Pour used coffee grounds down the sink or bathtub drain, followed by 3 drops of dish soap and a pot of boiling water. This will clean and clear the drain of clogs and built up grease.

Coffee ground face scrub

3. Mix a teaspoon of used coffee grounds into your facial mask. It will exfoliate the skin and the caffeine will smooth and tighten.

What are coffee grounds good for in the garden

4. If you have a garden, used coffee grounds are great to use as compost.
5. Sprinkle used coffee grounds around plants to keep ants away.

Other Uses for Coffee Grounds

6. Put used coffee grounds in a bowl in the freezer to remove funky odors.
7. After chopping fresh garlic, rub your hands with used coffee grounds to get the garlicky smell off your fingers.
8. When you give your dog a bath, add a tablespoon of used coffee grounds to the shampoo to help repel fleas.
9. Use used coffee grounds with dish soap to scrub a greasy pan.
10. Used coffee grounds with a teaspoon of vinegar and a cup of water can be used to dye eggs.
11. Add a teaspoon of used coffee grounds to your conditioner for extra soft and shiny hair.


12. If you make homemade soap, try adding used coffee grounds to your recipe. The caffeine has great skin benefits and the grounds exfoliate dry skin.
13. When choosing a perfume or scented candle, sniff used coffee grounds in between fragrances to keep everything from beginning to smell the same.
14. Run water and garbage disposal at the same time, add 1 teaspoon of used coffee grounds to the disposal to sharpen the blades.
15. Mix used coffee grounds with milk to make a paste. Apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing to help treat acne.

Uses for Coffee Grounds

Most of us can’t start the day without a cup of coffee, but who knew that the used grounds could come in handy for so many different things? I hope you try some of these uses for coffee grounds and let me know what you think!

Do you know of other Uses for Coffee Grounds? Share it with us below.

Also try our yummy coffee recipes:

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  1. Jackie says

    Yikes, I’m afraid to put them down my drain! Also wonder if they harm septic tanks? I use them in my garden though!

  2. says

    Unusual ideas for using coffee grounds that I’ve never heard before! My question is, what do you for the 10 minutes you stand in the shower stall with coffee all over you? 🙂

  3. monica says

    Ya, I can’t put them down my drain because I have a septic system and it’s on the list of no-no’s

  4. Robert Bernardini says

    My response to all the suggestions that have coffee grounds going down a drain is: DON’T DO THEM!
    Unless you like subsidizing you local plumber, these are all bad ideas.

    Coffee grounds are like sand. They do not ‘break down’ or ‘dissolve’ once put down a drain – they collect at every pipe joint and turn in the line, to form perfect pre-clogs just waiting for greases and oils to solidify them into clumps that cost big money to be removed.

    Dispose of them in kitchen trash for landfill or compost them for local use. Putting them in planting beds gives them the real chance for air and soil bacteria to break them down – over time. Their acidity benefits many acid-loving plants.

  5. Mary ann says

    Grounds are great for using inside home made pin cushions. They help clean pins and needles of oil from hands . My mom saved a tin of grounds for us as children. As she did kitchen chores, she would spread clean news paper and give us measuring cups and spoons. She would ask us math questions, such as : how much do 3/4 and 3/4 make? Or 1/2and1/2. If grounds fell to the floor, she used them s sweeping compound. My Mom was a pretty smart cookie!

  6. Jennifer Heintz says

    I have just thrown out used coffeee grounds. Now that I see the uses for it, I will collect to use in the garden. Too bad there is not a use for the leftover filters! lol

  7. Dawn Monroe says

    I knew coffee grounds could be used in the garden but I had no idea about the others. I’m going to use them on my drain and try the facial scrub.

  8. Catherine R says

    I’ve tried using coffee grounds in a homemade body scrub. While it does seem to help with exfoliation, be aware that it can make a bit of a mess. Have a handheld sprayer handy, it makes cleanup so much easier.

  9. lisa says

    I have used coffee grounds for my flowers for years. You shouldn’t use it on the face though. I’m not sure about using it as a body scrub, just not on your face.

  10. erin dear says

    I have been using coffee grounds in the garden for years! Some of the other uses I had never heard of before!

  11. Laurajj says

    Oh I love these ideas! I am going to have to use in the garden this year and around the plants to keep away ants! What great ideas! Love the dog bath for fleas too!

  12. says

    I never knew there were so many uses for Coffee grounds. I am not a coffee drinker but it sounds neat. You can’t do that with a Soda.

  13. aaron reck says

    I think that this something I might have to look more into and really put some thought into this. Who knew. Coffee grains.

  14. P.J. says

    Way back in the 1960’s my mom would scatter used coffee grounds on our hardwood floors to help settle dust and pet hair when she swept…..it helped prevent the debris from ‘blowing’ ahead of the broom and scattering.

  15. Steph says

    I put coffee grounds in all the places my NEIGHBORS CATS like to poop. Mostly, they stop doing their business there.

  16. Sinnamon Sevening says

    I use coffee grounds mixed with kosher salt and 1/2 of a raw potato to keep my cast iron skillets clean!

  17. says

    Coffee is a wonderful drink and you can do so much with it in terms of beverages but it’s also pretty cool how many things you can actually do with coffee grounds too! I always recycle my coffee grounds and use them compost because it can repel insects and it helps make really rich soil. Coffee grounds can even help intensify the colour of your plants!

  18. Valerie says

    We always use our used coffee grounds, usually in the garden, but these will be welcomed into our routine. Thank you!

  19. Sarah Richter says

    Great ideas! I can’t wait to try some of these. Love finding new ways to use something I already have in the house. Thanks!


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