How To Use Ground Coffee With These 10 Amazing and Easy Hacks

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Do you drink coffee in the morning too and wondered how to use ground coffee leftovers?  I did some research on helpful ways we can use coffee grounds around our house and wanted to share them with you.

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Do you drink coffee in the morning too and wondered how to use ground coffee leftovers?  I did some research on helpful ways we can use coffee grounds around our house and wanted to share them with you.

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How To Use Ground Coffee

Coffee is a great odor eater. Place some beans and a fake tealight in a candle holder and use it to deodorize places like bathrooms, family rooms, offices, etc.

How do you deodorize a room with coffee?

Coffee is a great odor eater. Place some beans and a fake tealight in a candle holder and use it to deodorize places like bathrooms, family rooms, offices, etc.

Mix 1 Tablespoon Dawn with your coffee grounds to create an abrasive cleaner. Use it to scrub up cooktops, dry food on counters, and more. Be careful if you have a porous surface counter as coffee can stain.

Are coffee grounds good for cleaning?

Mix 1 Tablespoon Dawn with your coffee grounds to create an abrasive cleaner. Use it to scrub up cooktops, dry food on counters, and more. Be careful if you have a porous surface counter as coffee can stain.

Use the multipurpose cleaner to get baked-on food off of pots, pans, and dishes.

Can you use coffee grounds to clean pots and pans?

Use the multipurpose cleaner to get baked-on food off of pots, pans, and dishes.

Start by soaking the pot with 1 Tablespoon of the mixture and enough water to cover the bottom. Let that soak for 30 minutes (or more for really tough baked-on food). Use a scrub brush to lightly scrub, dump out and rinse.

Start by soaking the pot with 1 Tablespoon of the mixture and enough water to cover the bottom. Let that soak for 30 minutes (or more for really tough baked-on food). Use a scrub brush to lightly scrub, dump out and rinse.

You might find a little extra still in the pan. So scoop 1 Tablespoon of the mixture into the pot without adding water. Use a scrub brush and scrub up the remaining burnt-on substance.

You might find a little extra still in the pan. So scoop 1 Tablespoon of the mixture into the pot without adding water. Use a scrub brush and scrub up the remaining burnt-on substance.

Rinse out and your pan will be clean.

Rinse out and your pan will be clean.

Use the multipurpose cleaner and a scrub brush to clean your sink. Rinse and it'll sparkle.

Clean Your Sinks

Use the multipurpose cleaner and a scrub brush to clean your sink. Rinse and it’ll sparkle.

Pour your coffee grounds into your garbage disposal. Run the disposal and it will clean and deodorize it.

How do I deodorize my garbage disposal?

Pour your coffee grounds into your garbage disposal. Run the disposal and it will clean and deodorize it.

Mix 1/2 teaspoon olive oil (or oil of your choice) with coffee grounds.

How do you make coffee ground hand scrub?

Mix 1/2 teaspoon olive oil (or oil of your choice) with coffee grounds.

Rub the mixture on your hands, then rinse off. The mixture will exfoliate and moisturize your hands.

Rub the mixture on your hands, then rinse off. The mixture will exfoliate and moisturize your hands. If you want to see the full tutorial and learn more about this fantastic handwash, please check out my other post Easy and Fantastic Exfoliating Hand Scrub with Video

To use the wood scratch dye... here is a before picture of the scratch.

Can I dye wood with coffee?

To use the wood scratch dye... here is a before picture of the scratch.

Place the mixture on top of the scratch and let sit for a minimum of 10-15 minutes.

Place the mixture on top of the scratch and let sit for a minimum of 10-15 minutes.

Wipe off and check it, if you like the results you can stop there. If not, you can repeat the process until you get the look you want.

Wipe off and check it, if you like the results you can stop there. If not, you can repeat the process until you get the look you want.

Place coffee grounds in a container and put them in your refrigerator and freezer to deodorize them.

What does putting coffee grounds in the fridge do?

Place coffee grounds in a container and put them in your refrigerator and freezer to deodorize them.

Place some coffee grounds in a container and poke holes in the top. Many bugs and rodents don't like the smell of coffee.

Do coffee grounds repel ants?

Place some coffee grounds in a container and poke holes in the top. Many bugs and rodents don’t like the smell of coffee.

You can use them as compost and put them in your garden later.  They also repel the bugs, slugs, and more in your garden.  You can use it in your indoor and outdoor plants as a fertilizer.  

Do coffee grounds make good compost?

Do coffee grounds fertilize plants?

You can use them as compost and put them in your garden later.  They also repel the bugs, slugs, and more in your garden.  You can use it in your indoor and outdoor plants as a fertilizer.  

*Coffee is acidic so be sure the plant you put the compost around likes acidity.  If you are using it as a bug barrier – you can make a wide circle around plants that like less acidity to keep it away from the roots but keep the bugs away.

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Other tips to use your coffee after it’s done in your drip coffee maker or espresso machine:

  • You can set out your coffee filters on a baking sheet to let the grounds dry out, and store them back in a coffee bag or container like a mason jar for later use.
  • You can use your paper filter for more than just coffee, check out these other options and save paper towels.
  • Instant coffee won’t work as it dissolves too easily in hot water
  • You can use whole coffee beans, coarse ground coffee, leftover grounds from a french press coffee maker, or leftover grounds from your burr grinder or hand grinder for any of these projects.
Do you drink coffee in the morning too and wondered how to use ground coffee leftovers?  I did some research on helpful ways we can use coffee grounds around our house and wanted to share them with you.

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27 Comments

  1. Love these ideas, but are these used coffee grounds or fresh?

    1. Thank you and great question Lorraine. So the coffee beans are fresh, but most of the coffee grounds used for cleaning are left over from our morning coffee 🙂 You could use fresh ones from Dollar Tree if you are not a coffee drinker.

      1. Thank you Chas. Hope you are feeling better. I can relate to headaches, get them everyday!!!

  2. Anne smith says:

    Hi Chaz,
    Love the use of coffee ideas, especially the one for cleaning to stove top. How are you feeling this week and are you out of the hospital. Maybe you have started therapy.
    Anne

    1. Hi Anne, Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. I’m home from the hospital and my hip is going great. I have had a migraine headache for 6 days now – and it’s been diagnosed as a spinal headache caused by the spinal block during surgery. The pain is caused by spinal fluid leaking out of the injection site that didn’t close properly. I’m on laying down bed rest currently for the next few days hoping it’ll heal. I have started some PT, and mostly people have to stretch and lightly move my joint – so easy so far. 🙂

  3. So great to have ideas for putting all those coffee grounds to work in our homes!

    1. Thank you so much Michele – I love finding ways to reuse things and cleaning with them is always a bonus.

  4. Mine all go into the garden. In the winter they don’t dry very well in the air so I “cook” them slowly in a pan on the woodstove until they are dry enough to store without molding. Then in the spring I have a big batch to sprinkle around my new plants. – Margy

    1. Thank you so much Margy for sharing that. I had learned they are good for the garden when I was working on this post so I’m excited to try it this spring.

  5. Lots of useful ideas for using up coffee grounds. I’m going to try the composting idea for my roses after drying them so that the snails and slugs don’t eat any more of my roses!

    1. Thank you so much Priya, and I’m thrilled you want to give it a try in your garden too. I am so ready for spring to come and get into the yard.

  6. I knew about the room freshener Chas but had no idea about the other uses. Pinning for future use.

    1. Thank you so much Mary for the Pin. I was so thrilled to research all of these options and not use them.

  7. Well those are all wonderful ideas and I learned of a few new ideas to use those coffee grounds. Thanks so much. I am definitely a fan of coffee and now to have a few practical uses for them is even better. Thanks! Coming over from Senior Salon.

    1. Thank you so much Beth and I’m thrilled there are a few ideas here you might want to give a try. Coffee is delicious isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Great post, Chas, once again. When I lived in Kazakhstan, I went to the local banya (public baths) with my teacher colleagues. The first time, I brought with me some ultra swanky exfoliant I’d brought from home (USA). My colleagues used coffee grounds (fresh, dry). We exchanged. I’ve never gone back to buying exfoliant; the coffee grounds worked so much better. AND I didn’t mix them with olive oil. Just the water from the showers. I also put used coffee grounds on my blueberry bushes (they love acid). Be careful which plants you use them on; they must be acid loving plants. I’m saving all our grounds in a 5-gallon jug in my mud room until spring. Now I know why I don’t see any mice out there. Thanks for that one. AND for all the other great ideas. Do warn your readers though about that acid soil/compost issue.

    1. Thank you so much Janet, and I so very much appreciate you sharing your story. Love that you have been using coffee as an exfoliate and love learning how you came to learn about it too. What an amazing experience. Thank you for sharing the tips about the acidity in the soil, that is a very good point.

  9. Oh my gosh, these are brilliant! We are big coffee drinkers, and so there are always coffee grounds at my house in the morning. I love the ideas for cleaning the garbage disposal, the garden compost, and the bug repellent. Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

    1. Thank you so much Amy. Coffee is great isn’t it? 🙂 I’m excited you want to give a few of these a try and thanks for stopping by.

  10. Thanks so much for the tips. I use coffee grinds in my garden, but never for cleaning. I love the idea of using them in my garbage disposal too. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

    1. Thank you so much Rhonda, and I love that you are using them in your garden too. I am excited there are a couple new ideas you’re interested in, thanks for stopping by.

  11. Lots of great ideas for coffee drinkers..Thank you for the tip for those of us who are not…I drink tea but do not throw away my tea leaves I use them as fertilizer for my plant pots 🙂

    1. Thank you Carol and thanks so much for sharing that tip about tea leaves being good for fertilizer. I will start saving those as well.

  12. These are some interesting ideas for reusing coffee grounds. I usually use mine either in the garden or as a body scrub. Thanks for linking up with us at #OMHGWW!

  13. Thank you so much Alice and I’m thrilled to learn you are using some of these too. Such a great way to reuse items before letting them go. Thanks for stopping by.

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