Seven sustainable ways to use coffee grounds at home


Coffee grounds are a healthy and versatile product that most often goes to the trash can. Meanwhile, many applications can be found for it.

Consuming smartly is easy—reusable tissue or paper bags instead of plastic, food in cardboard packaging, separate waste collection. There are many opportunities to become eco-friendly—one of the most popular trends in waste recycling. Environmentalists are sure that practically everything thrown out by a person can be recycled—for example, coffee grounds.

Overseas, coffee waste is used to make dishes, textiles, barbecue briquettes, and jewelry. And more recently, German designers began to produce eco-friendly sneakers from them and have already sold the first batch.

At home, coffee grounds are no less functional. Waste coffee has many beneficial properties, so it can replace expensive products. Here are seven surprising ways to reuse coffee grounds.

Nice household deodorant

Coffee grounds effectively absorb unpleasant odors. The easiest air freshener to make is a cloth bag or an open container of dried coffee grounds. It can be placed under the sink, in the refrigerator, kitchen, or wardrobe.

Also, used coffee can refresh shoes as well as purchased absorbers. Place it in an old sock and leave it overnight in your favorite sneakers or boots. The living room can be decorated with dried flowers' composition by filling a vase or a beautiful glass jar with sleeping and dried coffee.

Cozy Gift Component

This way of using coffee grounds is especially relevant before the New Year holidays. Waste from the preparation of ground coffee can be filled with aromatic candles and soap, "aging" natural fabrics, and paper. Beautifully decorated and packaged handicrafts will not only serve the room with a refreshing scent but also make a great New Year's gift.

Also, soaps with the addition of coffee grounds have a slight scrubbing effect. It tones the skin and gently removes dead skin particles. You can make such memorabilia from molten old candles or relics. Another option is to buy a ready-made art kit. 

Natural fertilizer

The coffee grounds are suitable for feeding gardens and indoor plants. Exceptions are succulents and cacti. It contains many beneficial trace minerals, including potassium and magnesium.

To prepare the fertilizer, dry thoroughly and roast the leftover coffee in the oven. It is best to store this top dressing in glass containers. To feed home flowers, mix organic matter with soil: one or two tablespoons will be enough for a 1-liter container. Or simply sprinkle the top of the pot with coffee grounds. It will get rid of pests and accelerate plant growth. Waste coffee diluted with water is good for watering.

Color restorer

Coffee grounds are excellent colors. It can be applied to mask minor cuts and holes on dark wood furniture. To do this, dip a cotton swab into wet coffee grounds and gently scrub the surface.

You can also paint over leather defects and suede items of dark shades: bags, jackets, shoes. Using a toothbrush, apply substantial coffee grounds to the damaged area and rub lightly. After five minutes, remove any coffee residues and dry the surface. So you can quickly and easily restore the color without buying special paint.

Means for skin tone

Coffee is a popular cosmetic ingredient. Masks, peels, creams, lotions, and shampoos for hair growth are made from it. Caffeine dilates blood vessels, speeds up cell metabolism, improves blood microcirculation, and makes the skin smooth.

It is not difficult to prepare an effective anti-cellulite scrub at home. To do this, combine equal amounts of coffee grounds and sea salt with a few drops of olive oil. If you don't have one of the ingredients on hand, just add the dormant coffee to your regular shower gel.

Hair rinse

Brown-haired women can use nourishing coffee hair masks, a natural coffee scalp scrub, or coffee brew instead of rinse aid. Such cosmetics give the hair shine and a beautiful shade, make it thick, strong, and silky. 

At the same time, coffee must be prepared without additives and aromatic components. Apply warm fine to medium-sized coffee pomace to hair roots and massage gently into your skin. After that, put on a plastic cap and wrap your head with a towel, and after half an hour, rinse your hair with warm water. The effect is even better if you add a few drops of your favorite hair oil to the coffee grounds.

Remedy for fat in the kitchen

Thanks to the excellent abrasive properties of coffee, its grounds can be used for washing dishes and plumbing. To do this, a little soap or liquid detergent is applied to a household sponge and sprinkled with sleeping coffee on top. This method easily removes stubborn grease and burnt food from pots, pans, stoves, and sinks.

At the same time, coffee grounds are rather delicate abrasive. It does not leave damage on kitchen surfaces and fills the apartment with a pleasant, light aroma. Also, this product is environmentally friendly.