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Coffee grounds applications - 11 tips for reuse in the household

Can you Coffee grounds really reuse in the household? Oh yes! What remains in the end in your coffee filter from the coffee beans is even suitable for the most diverse applications in the garden, in the kitchen or even in the bathroom. Actually, coffee grounds belong in the organic waste garbage can - but since it is so versatile, we prefer to use it in the household in the future. Completely in the sense of the Zero Waste Lifestyle.

In this article I would like to give you the best tips for using coffee grounds in the household. Let's go!

What makes coffee grounds so special?

Every German citizen consumes an average of about 162 liters of coffee per year.₁ In addition to many awake and alert people, every year this also leaves about 20 million tons of nutrient-rich coffee grounds₂ back. Instead of throwing it in the trash, we can reuse its effect for a wide variety of things in the household.

Coffee grounds are rich in Phosphorus, Kaliu, Nitrogen and also Caffeine and acts, for example, odor-neutralizing, antimicrobial and, due to the grain, also as an exfoliant. The Antioxidants in coffee grounds are able to prevent aging skin and due to the high level of Melanoids can, for example, inhibit the growth of germs in food.

It would be a shame to miss out on these benefits of this free Home Remedy would not use.

11 ideas for coffee grounds applications

Reuse coffee grounds at home
The rest of the ground and boiled coffee beans is a real miracle weapon in the household!

Now that we know the ingredients and modes of action of coffee grounds, we can finally move on to the application tips in your everyday life.

1. coffee grounds as fertilizer in the garden

The usual waste product of ground coffee also contains a lot of nitrogen. This is what makes coffee grounds so useful as a plant fertilizer. The tannins and antioxidants in coffee grounds also have a stimulating effect on plants. In addition, the pH of the soil becomes slightly acidic, so plants like blueberries or hydrangeas are especially happy. A nice side effect of coffee grounds in the garden is also that earthworms are attracted to them and additionally loosen the soil.

2. peeling from coffee grounds

In no time, the coffee grounds scrub will make your skin soft and tender. Just grab a small jar, add the revitalizing coffee grounds and a teaspoon of almond or olive oil and mix it up a bit. Then just spread it evenly on your skin and rub it in. After rinsing, you will already feel the effect.

Notice: As a facial scrub, the coarse grains of coffee grounds are rather not suitable - as an alternative, you can use sugar for example.

3. make natural soap from coffee grounds yourself

With a few simple tricks you can make a natural soap with exfoliating effect from coffee grounds, which neutralizes odors and also works against cellulite. In addition to the coffee grounds, you will also need sodium hydroxide, olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil and water. I will write you a more detailed tutorial.

4. repair scratches in the wood with coffee grounds.

If you find noticeable scratches in relatively dark wood, you can darken them a bit with some coffee grounds. Carefully rub it into the corresponding area and then simply wipe the rest off the wood. Now the spot should be a little less noticeable.

Notice: If you feel like building your own furniture from old wooden planks, you are welcome to take a look at the DIY Furniture Blog over.

5. coffee grounds as a natural hair treatment

Caffeine is known to have an invigorating effect on the hair, as it promotes blood circulation in the scalp. Even if it unfortunately can not bring back hair lost from hereditary hair loss.

You can easily make your own hair treatment from coffee grounds. Pour about 100 ml of hot water on a cup of coffee grounds and massage it into your scalp after a short cooling time. Then you can wrap your scalp and hair treatment in a towel and leave it on for about half an hour. Then rinse and you're done.

6. anti-cellulite with coffee grounds

Yes - heard correctly! You can also use the old coffee grounds specifically to combat or directly prevent connective tissue weakness. The Caffeine in coffee grounds namely promotes microcirculation in the connective tissue and stimulates the breakdown of fat in the cells.

Two dry tablespoons of coffee grounds with a teaspoon of raw cane sugar and a tablespoon of coconut oil make an effective scrub. Simply massage it in and leave it on for five minutes.

7. coffee grounds against dark circles

This is where the antioxidants in coffee grounds come in handy. Mix it with some olive oil and gently rub the wet paste onto your eye area. Leave the coffee grounds to work for a few minutes before rinsing with water. In this way, you can counteract dark circles and make your skin look fresher again.

8. remove odors with coffee grounds

Coffee grounds have an odor-neutralizing effect - and that's why they are also wonderfully suited for use in your home. For example, if you want to reuse an old mayonnaise jar odor-free, the familiar scent will disappear after you put the coffee grounds in the covered jar for a few hours. You can also make odors disappear as if by magic in the refrigerator by simply placing coffee grounds in a cup.

Tip: Also Baking soda you can use, for example, in the fight against unpleasant odors. Just take a look at the article about Applications of sodium bicarbonate in the home.

9. keep away ants, wasps and snails with coffee grounds

In the garden, old coffee grounds are useful not only as a plant fertilizer, but also to keep pests away. For example, you can use the natural pesticide perfectly against aphids. Also, just sprinkle a bit of it in your flower beds to give slugs a wide berth. If you regularly have ants running around where they shouldn't be, you can also divert them with a bit of coffee grounds. To help with a vegan barbecue not to be disturbed by wasps, you can take a bowl and light the coffee grounds in it a little - because the wasps avoid the smell.

10. grill clean with coffee grounds

Another useful use of coffee grounds in the home is to simply clean the grill grate with them. All you need is a tub, fresh coffee grounds, a sponge or brush and, at best, a watering can. Simply place the grill grate in the tub and rub it evenly with coffee grounds. In combination with the sponge or brush, the coffee grounds then act more or less like sandpaper, so that the dirt already disappears quite well. Then rinse with water and place the grate in the coffee grounds water and let it soak for a few minutes. Now the grill grate should be nice and clean.

Tip: By the way, what works for the grill grate also works wonderfully for vases and pans!

11. clean fireplace with coffee grounds

After you've read a good book by the fireplace, you're usually left with dry dust the following day. Moist coffee grounds bind it and keep you from breathing in all the dust - and keep the rest of your home clean at the same time. Just spread it evenly in the fireplace - and that's it!

Coffee grounds - reuse instead of throwing away!

Coffee grounds applications in the home
Save your coffee grounds from the trash can in the future and use them around the house instead.

In the future, you can make many useful things for the household out of your coffee leftovers. Use the coffee grounds to fertilize your garden or as an unusual but effective body scrub - this way you also save a lot of waste and money. So it would definitely be too bad to just throw the remains of your coffee beans in the garbage can.

Can you think of any other uses for coffee grounds in the home? Then feel free to share your tip below in the comments.

Best regards,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS.: Look with pleasure in the Do It Yourself Blog by. There you will also learn, for example, how to make your own Making washing up liquid from ivy yourself can.

₁ German Coffee Association e.V. (2017): This is how we drink coffee! (As of 18.08.2017). [15.08.2019].

₂ Andriyevskaya, A.; Goethe Institute: The recycled product of the day: coffee cups and mugs made from coffee grounds. [15.08.2019].

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Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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