I really enjoy the challenge of trying to use every last thing.
There are so many wonderful things you can make out of things that most people throw away. Such as making nutrient-dense bone broth from leftover roasted chicken, or re-sprouting scarves or brown paper grocery bags to wrap an eco-friendly gift. It can be expensive if you buy these things anyway, so it’s a win!
Used coffee grounds are another great opportunity for recycling, and they have a lot of uses that you probably didn’t even think of!
How to recreate used coffee grounds
So many people wake up so comfortably from their morning coffee that they throw the ground in the trash without a second thought.
However, there are many amazing things you can do with used coffee grounds. The next time you go to throw these beautiful foundations out of pure habit, reconsider and see if you can try any of these ideas instead.
If you don’t drink coffee but still want to try any of the following ideas, just bring a clean container to your local coffee shop or Starbucks and ask them to save their used fields. If you ask well, I bet they will comply.
For your beauty routine
You may want to put some of the morning’s money in these showers for your afternoon choices. You can also use it to make your hair shiny, as a body scrub, or as a star ingredient in the next batch of household soap.
Finish the build up in your hair
After switching to natural shampoo, some people experience build up in their hair. This is a natural process because your body is adjusted to cleanse without harsh chemicals that have previously stripped the scalp of its natural oils.
The coffee grounds used to get rid of this extra construction are great. To spread your hair, use 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of used coffee grounds depending on the length of the hair. Wet your hair well and massage the bases with special focus on your scalp. This can help in working the parts. Once you have covered the entire scalp, re-wet your hair thoroughly and use your natural shampoo to get a good shake. Do Rinse and repeat if necessary. Rinse off your normal conditioner or apple cider vinegar.
Repeat this once a month or as needed. I was amazed at how light and shiny my hair felt after just one application!
Note: If you have blonde or colored hair, you may want to check an unobtrusive area to make sure that coffee does not change its color. I have not personally experienced any color change, but before that it is best to make sure you fully exfoliate.
Make a physical bush
Coffee gives a big broom to the body. In addition to eliminating dead skin cells, coffee grounds can help reduce the appearance of cellulite because caffeine has a strong effect.
If you’ve ever tried my Vanilla Late Sugar Scrub, you know how dynamic it is. Coffee grounds and sugars soften smoothly. Massage also stimulates blood flow, so it is also healthy for your skin.
Note that you should use dry dry coffee for this sugar bush, as used coffee grounds will lose moisture.
- To make a simple coffee scrub, mix coffee, ground coffee (approximately a cup) with equal amounts of sea salt and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. You can also add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. I use pepper because who doesn’t love the aroma of peppermint coffee?
- To use, massage 1-2 tablespoons into your skin during the shower, focusing on problem areas such as the legs, abdomen, and dairy to fight cellulite. Rinse with warm water. Repeat 2-3 times a week. This amount should be sufficient for about 6 applications. Store in the refrigerator and use in two weeks.
Coffee grounds are a wonderful addition to a homemade soap. Also, it comes with the same cellulite fighting powers as mentioned above!
To create an extra dynamic shower bar, add 1-2 teaspoons of used coffee ground per pound of soap after mixing.
In the garden
Although coffee itself is acidic, its foundations are actually close to neutral because most of the acidity is “washed away” by drinking coffee. This makes it great for use in the garden! Here’s how to use it.
For your compost pile
If you’re not composting, you should really try it – especially if you have a garden. Composting is really easy and adds a lot of beneficial nutrients to your soil.
Used coffee grounds are considered green material for compost and should not exceed 25% of your pile. If you’re just adding ground to your coffee pot, if you’re setting up other materials like grass clippings and egg shells, you probably won’t add much. Coffee filters are also biodegradable, so go ahead and throw it in the mix!
Help plants and flowers grow
To increase the nitrogen content of their plants, the scatter used coffee and coffee grounds to modify the soil in your garden. Doing so will help the soil get air and the plants will get nitrogen.
Be sure to spread enough ground on your flower beds as well. Hydrangeas, azaleas, s, rhododendrons and other acid-loving plants will bloom better than ever.
Insects like coffee grounds, and that’s good! We want garden helpers to break down organic matter and transfer nutrients to the soil. Also, if you enjoy fishing, you will grow some excellent fat worms for your hook.
Keep insects away
Although coffee grounds attract insects, they also act as a repellent for insects such as snails and snails. Build a barrier around plants that are sensitive to these unwanted critics, as they hate abrasive textures.
Save the farmers market growth and grow your own organic mushrooms at home. You’ll need enough ground for this, so save them!
Here is a good tutorial on growing mushrooms using coffee grounds. I haven’t tried it personally, but it looks like a fun project.
Around the house
Refresh your cleaning routine with your coffee grinder leftovers. You can use it to remove odors from difficult places, or even use them to make chimney cleaning easier (yes, seriously!).
Deodorize the refrigerator
You don’t need baking soda for this to work! Just keep a bowl of used coffee grounds in your fridge and replace them once a month. Instead of throwing them away, throw them in your compost heap. Congratulations, you used three of these batches!
Clean your hands
Used coffee grounds are great for removing odors from your hands after cooking. Whenever you chop onions or garlic, or work with fish, try to clean your hands thoroughly with the coffee grounds used to remove the long-lasting odor.
Molten icy sidewalks and driveways
If you’ve run out of salt in your porch, the good news is – used coffee grounds will work too! The acidity of coffee, combined with the tolerance of its texture, makes it an ideal way to melt ice. For best results use a love shovel anywhere.
Clean the trash
This is a satisfying way to use coffee grounds really quickly! Use very small amounts to avoid smelly garbage. Large amounts of pipes can be clogged, so make sure to use them sparingly – and drain them with plenty of water.
Clean your stubborn vessels and wires
Is there a bill on your kickwear that can’t even erase your heart-filled sponge? Try to use enough field to eliminate these stubborn bits of cake on food. Rinse thoroughly before placing in a drying rack. (Or buy a non-toxic non-stick pan and save on scrubbing.)
Chimney cleaning help
If you have space for a wood-burning stove or fireplace, old coffee grounds will be your best friend on a cleaning day. Before sweeping the ashes, cover them with a layer of wet coffee grounds to wet and shake them. This will greatly reduce the amount of ash that will float and coat your room when you take it out.
Get rid of the runaway
Is Fedo blown up again? Give her a good shampoo, then rub used coffee grounds into her skin (just don’t let her eat it!). Like Slugs or Snails, Fass doesn’t enjoy coffee, and this should be enough to get rid of most of them. Indeed. This is not a prescription substitute, so contact your doctor if your treatment is not working.
Crafts for kids (or you!)
Art is being realized. Try out fun ideas for your next creative project.
Make vintage looking paper
Soaking paper in plenty of groundwater can add a glimpse of an ancient, old world to a piece of plain white paper. Bring 1 cup of boiling water to 1 cup and remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup used coffee grounds and occasionally stir, let them sit for about 15 minutes. Then, paint your paper with coffee water, applying to one side or twice per application, drying with a hair dryer between coats. This gives the paper a slightly stiffer, slightly dilapidated shape and feel that is perfect for scrapbooking.
For extra effect, lightly burn the edges. This paper also makes an amazing treasure map for brave children.
This is great for school going kids. My kids like to collect some sticks and leaves when they are playing outside and they always want to bring them and use them to make crafts and collect a little bit. Make this ground dough and press it with leaves, sticks, berries, etc. to make a little fossil.
All you need is coffee grounds, cold, coffee, salt, and flour used (hey, just because we don’t eat it doesn’t mean we can’t play with it).
Make round belts on a baking sheet made of wax paper and make impressions to your children using “Nature Collection” when your daughter calls. My kids also like to use toy dinosaurs to impress their footprints.
Do you recreate used coffee grounds? Did I miss an idea? Share below!