April 25, 2021

How to Recycle Your Used Coffee Grounds

By Scott Thomas
Image of used coffee grounds in a wooden spoon

Used coffee grounds have many uses and just keep on giving.  Instead of tossing those used coffee grounds, why not try a few of these ideas.

  • Body Scrub – coffee grounds are great exfoliators. All you need is used coffee grounds, coconut oil, and sea salt or sugar (white or brown).  Mix together ¼ cup coconut oil, ½ cup used coffee grounds, and ¼ cup of salt or sugar.  Once the ingredients are well mixed store them in a mason jar.  This scrub works great to target dry skin, acne, and the appearance of cellulite (disclaimer:  it will not get rid of the actual cellulite)


  • Remove Hair Product Residue – hair products leave a sticky residue behind even after shampooing. Actual our shampoo and conditioners can leave a residue behind too.  Keep a container of used coffee grounds in your shower and when you wash your hair grab some grounds and mix them in while shampooing.


  • Fix Furniture Scratches – used coffee grounds work great without the downsides of using the furniture chemicals. Grab a cotton swab and used coffee grounds.  Pour a few drops of water on the grounds and dab the cotton swab in the mixture.  Apply the cotton swab to the scratch and wait 10 minutes.  Buff the area.  Repeat as needed.


  • De-icer – used coffee grounds work similar to salt. Nitrogen is a known to melt ice and coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen.  Not only will they melt ice they also provide a friction point to reduce the risk of slipping.


  • Compost – used coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, magnesium, potassium, calcium and work great as a fertilizer.

Give some of these ideas a try and let us know how they worked for you.

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