Home Remedies using Coffee Grounds

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After the morning pot of coffee has been consumed, you’re left with a collection of grounds that seem like such a waste to toss away. In an increasingly eco-friendly world, there are plenty of ways to recycle coffee grounds into home remedies that include beauty secrets, gardening tips, and effective ways to clean.

Coffee Ground Home Remedies

Coffee drinkers don’t have to feel guilty anymore for trashing their used grounds. If you’re interested in learning the many ways to put your coffee-drinking habits to good use, consider the following home remedies for coffee grounds:

a) Hair Color Enhancer:

To give a color boost to brunette or black hair, rub used coffee grounds into the scalp and throughout hair. Let the grounds sit for 10 minutes. Shampoo the coffee out and condition as usual. This home remedy for hair will also add shine.

b) Ant Repellent:

Surround an anthill with old coffee grounds to repel the insects.

c) Freshen Up the Freezer:

If you place a bowl of used coffee grounds into the freezer, you can eliminate bad odors. The grounds will absorb unpleasant scents. This remedy will also work in the refrigerator.

d) Hand Deodorizer:

After handling onions, garlic, and other smelly ingredients in the kitchen – freshen up by rubbing coffee grounds in your hands.

e) Closet Freshener:

Fill old pantyhose with used coffee grounds. Place in a smelly closet or dresser drawer to absorb unwanted odors. Some people will add a few drops of vanilla extract to provide a pleasant scent.

f) Repel Cats:

If you have a problem with cats coming into your yard to use the bathroom, try spreading used coffee grounds mixed with orange peels throughout the outdoor spaces you wish to protect.

g) Flea Repellent:

When bathing your cat or dog, rub coffee grounds on their fur or coat, which is said to keep away pesky fleas. This home remedy is not recommended for pets with a white coat, as the grounds can leave behind a tint.

h) Repel Snails and Slugs:

These slimy pests have a reputation for ruining gardens. Place used coffee grounds around your garden to repel snails and slugs.

i) Coffee Sugar Body Scrub:

Add ¼ cup of scented oil, one teaspoon vanilla extract, one cup granulated brown sugar, and ½ cup fresh coffee grounds to a medium-sized glass bowl. Mix the ingredients with a spoon to create a luxuriating body scrub. The scrub is also perfect for those looking for a natural tan, as the ingredients give the skin a slightly golden color [1].

j) Get Rid of Cellulite:

A blend of used coffee grounds and olive oil can become your new best friend in beauty care. Mix 1/4 cup of warm, used coffee grounds and one tablespoon of olive oil. Since coffee grounds can stain your tub, stand over an old towel or newspaper to apply the remedy to cellulite. Wrap with plastic wrap and leave on for several minutes. Remove the wrap and brush off any remaining grounds. Take a warm shower. To see the best results, repeat the process twice a week.

k) Fishing Trick:

Before adding bait worms to your soil, mix in coffee grounds to lengthen their life.

l) Exfoliate the Skin:

For a natural exfoliant for the skin, pat used coffee grounds on the skin and massage. Rinse after treatment.

m) Plant Fertilizer:

Old coffee grounds are rich in nutrients that can fertilize plants that grow in acidic soil. You may also add grounds to your potted indoor plants. Before planting your seeds, work coffee grounds into the soil for a healthy start.

n) Feed Your Plants:

In addition to adding nutrients to soil, coffee grounds can feed certain plants in your garden, such as rose bushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreen and camellias.

o) Homemade Dye:

Steep coffee grounds in hot water to create a brown dye for paper and fabrics. Some people have even used the liquid to tint Easter eggs.

p) Repair Furniture:

Steep grounds and use a Q-tip to apply a small amount of liquid onto scratched wooden furniture.

q) Pot Cleaner:

When greasy, grimy stubborn stains become too much to handle, a handful of used coffee grounds are abrasive enough to give you scouring power.

r) Dust Control:

Before cleaning out a fireplace, toss wet coffee grounds over the ashes to keep the amount of dust to a minimum.

s) Seed Enhancer:

When you mix carrot and radish seeds with dry coffee grounds before planting, you may enjoy more of a bountiful harvest.


[1] Babushka’s Beauty Secrets by Raisa Ruder and Susan Campos; pg. 171.