Ideas for Used Coffee Grounds

Your Used Coffee Grounds can be a bit messy and cause plumbing issues, so here are some ideas we hope will help you and the environment.

Two things you DON’T want to try doing with them.

  1. Rinse down the sink – you’ll eventually have to hire a plumber.
  2. Reuse them – yuk!

OK, so, what can you do with them?

  1. Coffee grounds are a deodorizer. Dump them in your trash, and they will help reduce garbage smells.
  2. They are high in nitrogen and will also help retain water. Add your coffee grounds to your compost. They can help break down other materials and provide nutrients.
  3. Composted grounds provide nutrients to your garden and plants specifically acid-loving plants like azaleas, mountain heather, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, camellias, daffodils, blueberries, and nasturtiums. For non-acid-loving plants, they may decrease growth so please do your research before adding to these plants.
  4. Dry them, and use them in places you want to deodorize.
  5. Use them to scrub hair products from your hair in the shower or for cleaning surfaces that need a good scrub! Sprinkle the grounds directly onto your pots and pans and scrub as usual. Make sure to rinse thoroughly afterward.

We hope you have some better ideas on what to do with your used coffee grounds. Farmer’s Almanac has some more ideas like a bug repellant, an exfoliant, and a deicer!


Now, don’t you feel green?

Give your used coffee grounds to a tree


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