Stop Throwing out Coffee Grounds! 17 Genius Ways to Reuse Them around the House!

Are you familiar with the fact that the leftover coffee grounds have many uses outside of your cup?

Here Are 17 Incredible Ways How to Use Coffee Grounds

– Use Coffee Grounds as a Dog’s Flea Repellent

You can repel your dog’s fleas by using coffee grounds. You should bathe your dog as usual, rinse, and scrub it down with coffee grounds. Finally, rinse again.

Make sure your dog does not consume the grounds, because caffeine may be toxic to dogs.

– Prepare Homemade Soap

You can prepare your own fragrant, nourishing, and exfoliating soap infused with coffee grounds.

Things You Will Need:

  • Ladle
  • Muffin tins
  • Sauce-pan
  • Small glass bowl
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla
  • A tsp. of powdered coconut milk (if desired)
  • 8 oz. of glycerin soap
  • 1/4 cup of used coffee grounds


Fill the saucepan halfway with water and then place the glass bowl over the water in order to create a double boiler.

Boil the water and add the soap to the glass bowl.

Next, add the coffee grounds to muffin tins.

When the soap is melted, you should remove it from the heat. Next, you should add the powdered coconut milk, vanilla, and coffee grounds.

Use the ladle to fill the muffins tins with your soap.

Allow it to cool for a few hours prior to popping the soaps out for use.

– Remove Bags and Dark Circles

You can get rid of your under-eye bags and circles by using a mixture of coconut oil and coffee grounds because it can act as a diuretic and decrease puffiness.

Mix the ingredients until you create a thick, mask-like paste. Then, swipe it under your eyes and allow it to act for about 20 minutes. Rinse off and do the same procedure 2 times a week for best results.

– Eliminate Store-Bought Product Build-up from Your Hair

If you massage them into your scalp when taking a shower, it can help exfoliate your scalp, eliminate store-bought product build-up, and boost hair growth.

– Use Them as a Seasoning

Coffee grounds are also a great addition to grilled meats and veggies.

Homemade coffee grill rub recipe:


  • Half a tsp. of cayenne
  • Half a tsp. of black pepper
  • A tsp. of sea salt
  • A tsp. of oregano
  • 2 tsp. of coconut palm sugar
  • A tbsp. of garlic powder
  • A tbsp. of paprika
  • ¼ cup of coffee grounds

– Give a Weathered Look to your Wood Table

Use a mixture of coffee grounds and white vinegar, and steel wool to give a weathered look to your wood table.

In a glass jar, mix 1 tbsp. of coffee grounds with some white vinegar. Then, apply the mixture on the steel wool. Allow it to sit for about 24 hours. Then, use it to scrub your wood furniture. Allow it to dry, and repeat it for a darker finish. Finally, you should wipe off excess grounds.

– Reduce Cellulite

Coffee grounds can act as a powerful temporary treatment for cellulite. In order to boost nutrient flow and circulation, you should massage and exfoliate the affected skin area with the grounds. That’s not all, the caffeine content found in the grounds can temporarily decrease water retention and dilate your blood vessels, thus reducing cellulite rumpled appearance.

– Use Them as a Natural Abrasive

You can clean your grimy countertops, or stained pans and pots by sprinkling them with coffee grounds. Next, scrub off stuck-on food or stains with a steel wool or cloth.

– Use Them to Grow Hearty Carrots

They can add extra nutrients and bulk to the soil as well as set the stage for heartier carrots. They could also protect against root maggots as well as many other below-ground bugs.

– Use Them to Clean Your Fireplace

A large number of fireplace owners use coffee grounds in order to weigh down loose ashes and make cleaning easier. So, you should sprinkle one layer of damp coffee grounds over the ashes before you sweep them up.

– Act as a Skin Exfoliator

Coffee grounds act as a great exfoliator for sloughing away dead skin. You can use them as a standalone exfoliator, or make a body scrub like the one presented below:

Coffee Body Scrub Recipe

Things You Will Need:

  • A tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of olive or coconut oil
  • Half a cup of coconut palm sugar
  • Half a cup of ground coffee


Mix all these ingredients in a small jar and store it in a fridge. Your scrub should stay fresh for about 14 days.

– Serve as a Natural Deodorizer

Put coffee grounds in a small bowl or bag and leave it on a shelf in order to remove the smelly food odors in your fridge.

– Prepare Your Own Candles

You can prepare your own candles with used coffee grounds.

Things You Will Need:

For one candle, you will need these ingredients:

  • Heat-safe glass bowl
  • Sauce-pan
  • Candlewick
  • A cup of beeswax
  • 2 tbsp. of coffee grounds
  • Small glass jar


  1. In the glass bowl, place the beeswax and place it over the saucepan that is filled halfway with water.
  2. Simmer the water until the wax melts.
  3. Next, place the coffee grounds and wick in the glass jar.
  4. Pour ½ of the wax over the grounds and wick and allow it to harden.
  5. Afterwards, sprinkle a 2nd layer of coffee grounds on the cooled layer, as well as pour over the wax.
  6. Allow it to cool and burn to the coffee-addicted heart’s content.

– Serve as a Meat Tenderizer

Damp coffee grounds can act as an incredible meat tenderizer because of their natural acid content. In a plastic bag, you should coat raw meat with damp coffee grounds, and allow it to sit in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight. You can either leave the grounds for a subtle smoky flavor or wash off them prior to cooking the meat.

– Use Them in Compost

They can also strengthen garden compost with trace elements. The extra phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium in the grounds may help your plants transform sunlight into energy as well as retain moisture. That’s why it is a nutritious addition to your compost pile.

All you need to do is add coffee grounds to your compost pile with the same amount of dried leaves.

– Use Them as a Pest Repellent

Coffee grounds are beneficial for repelling many different types of garden pests, particularly snails and slugs. You should sprinkle them around your garden or create a coffee ground “wall” about 2 inches wide around the perimeter in order to keep these pests at bay.

– Use Them as a Fertilizer

Adding coffee grounds into the soil can add organic matter, enhancing aeration and water retention. This can also help beneficial microorganisms thrive. In addition, fresh grounds are also good for acid-loving plants, because they can increase the soil’s pH level, whereas used grounds are an excellent source of nutritive nitrogen.

You can use them as a fertilizer by working them into the soil around the plants.