The 10 Best Ways to Recycle Coffee Grounds - Coffee Life by EspressoWorks

So you go through the trouble of making yourself a delicious cup (or several) of coffee every morning — what do you do with the coffee grounds when you’re done? If you’re not taking advantage of the various ways to recycle coffee grounds, then you are missing out on a whole lot of additional benefits!

You’re already familiar with all of the warm and fuzzy feelings that coffee produces; and the entire ritual of making yourself a cup of joe starts with those richly aromatic coffee grounds. But, did you know that coffee grounds could do so much more? Next time, before you dump those used grounds; consider these options for reusing coffee grounds for everything from gardening to hair care.

Here are the top 10 ways that you should be recycling your coffee grounds:

1. Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Coffee grounds are extremely useful in the kitchen. You can recycle coffee grounds to scrub your pots, pans, and other dishes. The coarseness of the grounds can be used to scrape off cooked-on messes from your dishes. It can also be used in the kitchen to deodorize unpleasant scents. Recycle coffee grounds by first drying them after use, then put them into a bowl in your refrigerator or anywhere in the kitchen to neutralize smells.

2. A Garden’s Best Friend

Coffee grounds contain acid that plants love! Recycle your used coffee grounds as fertilizer for your plants. If you’re growing flowers, recycled coffee grounds can be used to enhance the growth of certain plants such as azaleas and hydrangeas. And if you’re growing veggies, used coffee grounds can be mixed with carrots or radish seeds for a harvest that’s twice as big! You can also use it as a natural bug repellent. Protect your plants from aphids and slugs by sprinkling used grounds around the edges of your garden.

3. Beauty Fix

Coffee might perk you up in the morning but did you know that it could also help you look your freshest? Coffee grounds contain antioxidants and caffeine that can help to prevent the appearance of aging. Coffee grounds’ anti-inflammatory properties also help to stimulate blood circulation around the eyes to prevent puffy, dark circles.

4. Scrub Clean

The sandy texture of coffee grounds makes it a perfect scrub to clean your counters and other surfaces that may have buildup on them. Coffee grounds also have antibacterial and antiviral properties that may even work to sanitize.

5. Glowing Skin

Step up your beauty routine with recycled coffee grounds, which contains natural astringent and antioxidant properties that can be used as a facial cleanser and toner. To make a nourishing masque, simply use recycled grounds with milk to create a paste to rub onto your face.  Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse clean with water. You can also use recycled coffee grounds as an exfoliating scrub that stimulates and tightens the skin.

6. Hair Care

Recycle your coffee grounds by treating your scalp to an exfoliating scrub that could help to remove buildup, while the caffeine stimulates hair growth. Before washing with shampoo, massage your scalp with coffee grounds and rinse.

7. Get Rid of Bad Smells

In addition to getting rid of awful stenches in the refrigerator, used coffee grounds can also be used to get rid of bad smells in closets, cars, and even from your body! The next time your hands retain the smell of the onions or fish that you were chopping, simply rub some used coffee grounds on your hands to get rid of the smell!

8. Get Rid of Bugs

Pesky bugs can cause a lot of headaches. Well now you can get rid of them with the help of used coffee grounds! Coffee contains caffeine and diterpenes that are deadly to insects. They can repel mosquitos, fruit flies, and other pests as well. To keep bugs away using coffee grounds, simply place bowls of grounds in the area or sprinkle them around.

9. Natural Dye

If you’ve ever spilled coffee on your clothes, then you know that it is very capable of coloring fabric. Get creative with the earthy tones of used coffee grounds for your next project! Its tint could also be used as a wood stain to touch up the color of used furniture or to fix scratches.

10. Pet Care

Take care of your furry best friend with the help of recycled coffee grounds. As we have mentioned before, coffee grounds are excellent for repelling bugs — and they also can help your pet stay free of fleas. After washing your pet, scrub them down with coffee grounds and then rinse it off as usual.

With so many ways to recycle coffee grounds, you’ll love your coffee even more for its vast uses and benefits!