9 Surprising Household Uses For Coffee


By Kat Gal

The jury is still out whether coffee is good or bad for you. Some argue its health benefits, others say it’s harmful, many believe it’s all good in moderation. But the fact is – people drink coffee.

About 83% of adults in the US drink coffee, an average of 3 cups per person a day, a total of 587 million cups. And that’s the United States alone without taking into account all the other countries where coffee is popular.

That’s a lot of coffee, right? That’s also a lot of coffee grounds!


But what do you do with the coffee grounds? Instead of just tossing them and creating landfill-bound waste, you can actually use them for many things. Even if you only drink coffee in moderation or occasionally, these uses of coffee grounds may still surprise you and can come in handy.

Here are 9 surprising household uses of coffee grounds:

1. Dish cleaner: Mix a handful of coffee grounds in with your dish soap. It will help you scrub your pots and pans clean.

2. Coffee-scented DIY candle: Place a metal-based wick in the center of a small jar then fill the rest of the jar with coffee grounds and melted beeswax, altering layers.

3. Smell absorbent: Are your hands smelly after handling garlic, onion or other foods? Rub coffee ground into your palms, as the grounds will absorb the smell quickly.

4. Fridge deodorizer: Put a week’s worth of coffee grounds into an open jar, place it in your fridge and it will naturally deodorize it.

5. Skin exfoliator: Mix ½ cup of coffee ground and ½ cup of sugar with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Rub it all over your skin. It exfoliates and may even help with cellulite.

6. Exfoliating soap: Add coffee grounds to melted soap (1 tablespoon of coffee per pound of soup) then allow it to harden to make an exfoliating soap.

7. Control pests: Sprinkle grounds around your plants or where ants or other creatures normally enter your house. The smell will keep them away.

8. Gardening: Coffee grounds are excellent seed starters. Because of their high carbon-to-nitrogen ratio, they will release nutrients like potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen into the soil.

9. Garbage disposal cleaner: Pour a tablespoon of coffee grounds and baking soda down the drain. It will clean the blades for a better-smelling  garbage disposal.

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Kat Gal

Kat Gal

Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
Kat Gal


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