10 Genius Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

Most of us make a pot of coffee every morning, either at home or at the office. But next time you do that and go to throw out the used grounds, don’t. There are so many things that these normally neglected leftovers are beneficial for. From a skin exfoliator to a boost for your garden, here are just 10 genius ways to reuse coffee grounds.


Used coffee grounds can do wonders for your garden. Grounds are not only a source of nitrogen, but also improve the drainage and aeration in the soil. They can affect different plants in different ways, so start with just a tablespoon around each plant and then go from there.


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Along with using grounds as fertilizer, composting them can also give your garden a boost. According to Home Guides, you want to create a compost by combining grounds, grass clippings and dried out leaves. After turning the compost over weekly (outside), you should be able to add it to your garden in a month or so.

Bug Repellent

Here’s one you may not know about! You can burn coffee grounds to create a natural mosquito repellent for your next backyard party. Let the grounds dry completely and burn them like incense in a bowl. You can also protect your plants from slugs and ants by simply creating a ring of used grounds around them.

Trash deodorizer

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Money Crashers has a creative way to use grounds as a dumpster deodorizer. They suggest putting dry coffee grounds in a pantyhose stocking and hanging it on the inside lid of your dumpster or trash can. It will absorb those nasty smells!

Repair wood scratches

Another genius DIY idea from Money Crashers is to use the grounds to fill in scratches. Sounds crazy, right? For scratches in dark wood, mix grounds with some warm water until it becomes a paste. Then, rub it into the scratch to stain the wood and make it less noticeable.


Coffee can add some wonderful flavor to your meals. There are countless ways to use coffee grounds when cooking and baking. From a meat rubs to chocolate dishes, the possibilities are endless.

Pot and pan cleaner

Dirty Pan After A Dinner.

When it’s time to do your dishes, take some used coffee grounds and a sponge to your dirty pots and pans. Just be sure you’re not using this method on anything than can stain.

Skin exfoliator

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As you might imagine, coffee grounds make a great skin exfoliant. Detox your skin and fight dry patches by gently rubbing them on moistened skin.

Shoe deodorizer

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Stinky shoes, no more! Use your grounds to freshen up your kicks. Money Crashers says to “sprinkle dry coffee grounds into your shoes, let them sit overnight, and then shake the grounds out over a trashcan.”

Treat dandruff

Many people have reported that an easy DIY hair treatment using coffee grounds knocked out their pesky dandruff. It can also help to remove buildup from pores on the scalp and ease itching. Warning: This is for people with dark hair only.

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10 Genius Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds