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5 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

We love coffee! But what to do with the coffee grounds? It goes straight into the garbage can. But it has some hidden talents: bad smells, stubborn dirt, unclean skin or annoying pests are no problem for the underestimated leftover. And to make sure that coffee grounds finally move from their shadowy existence to the light they deserve, we'll show you 5 ways in which you can reuse your coffee grounds better than - that's right - dumping them in the garbage can.


#1 Peeling

The consistency of coffee grounds is perfect for a soothing scrub. Simply add a small dash of oil (e.g. olive oil) to the coffee grounds, mix well and the DIY scrub is ready. Expensive body scrubs, harmful microplastic beads or plastic-wrapped peeling tubes are no longer necessary once you discover the soft, well-cared-for skin this simple DIY leaves behind.


coffee grounds reused as peeling


#2 Fertilizer

Coffee grounds are a little nutrient bomb and therefore work well as a plant fertilizer. Especially acid-loving plants (e.g. tomatoes) like coffee because of its slightly acidic PH value. The simple variant would be: dump coffee grounds into the watering can and water the plants as usual. If you want even more care, you can mix the coffee grounds with other home remedies (such as eggshells and banana peels). Either way, this DIY fertilizer wins the sustainability award against synthetic plastic-packaged fertilizers filled with environmentally harmful contents.

 coffee grounds reused as fertilizer


#3 pests in the garden

You know who doesn't love coffee? Snails, ants and wasps! If you have a little problem with any of these in your garden, you can use coffee grounds to gently alert the #coffeehaters that they are not wanted. Slugs won't touch lettuce circled with coffee grounds. Ants can't find their ant trail when the smell of coffee grounds eliminates their own.  And wasps can't stand dried lighted coffee grounds at all.


#4 Scrub Paste

The exfoliating effect of coffee grounds is also helpful for getting rid of stuck dirt on surfaces or skin. Used solo or combined with a cleaning product of your choice, it acts like a DIY scouring paste. However, we don't recommend using it on white surfaces, as the coffee grounds may stain a bit.


coffee grounds reused as scrub paste


#5 Unpleasant odors

What could be better than the smell of coffee in the morning? It' s a dream! Even the coffee grounds themselves still have a strong smell, and can therefore help to get rid of other unpleasant odors. There are unwanted odors coming from the refrigerator? Just put a bowl of coffee grounds in it. Shoes smell like old cheese? Simply put dried coffee grounds in a thin cloth or sock inside.



Coffee grounds can do more than just end up in the garbage can. You won't use it every day, but it's worth it for you and the environment to save a portion every now and then!


coffee grounds reused to get rid of unpleasant odors