Most people make coffee in the mornings before work and on the weekends for brunch. Afterwards, many throw away their leftover coffee grounds, but look at all the ways you can recycle your coffee grounds:


Outside the House


Coffee grounds make great fertilizer because they contain several key nutrients, including calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, required for plant growth. Also, they attract worms and decrease heavy metal concentrations that contaminate soil.


Coffee grounds help increase nutrient levels and decrease compost greenhouse gas emissions. According to a PubMed Central study, compost made with coffee grounds and kitchen waste proved to be richer in nutrients than compost made with only waste.

Insect and Pest Repellent

Instead of strong-smelling bug sprays, coffee grounds serve as an excellent natural alternative because they contain compounds that are toxic to many insects, including caffeine and diterpenes. Consequently, they repel beetles, fruit flies, mosquitos, and other pests.

Inside the House


Coffee grounds help remove buildup on hard-to-clean surfaces, including cookware, grills, sinks, and other surfaces inside the house. Also, due to their antibacterial and antiviral properties, they help sanitize exteriors.


The coarse texture of coffee grounds makes them ideal for scrubbing utensils and dishes and scouring pots and pans, helping scrape away caked-on food and stains.



Coffee grounds plus water and coconut oil makes an exfoliating face and body scrub, and coffee grounds plus honey creates an exfoliating lip scrub. They both help remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oil and increase blood flow which improves overall skin health.


Instead of harmful chemicals, coffee grounds serve as a great natural alternative. They color cellophane, cotton, linen, paper, and rayon and deepen dark hair color.


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