Coffee Grounds Repurposed

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Whether you brew coffee through a filter or brew coffee from a K-Cup, hang onto those used grounds! In the warmer months, I use them for my acid loving plants. Here in my kitchen this winter, my coffee grounds are used for exfoliating my dry and smelly hands.
Fresh Garlic Makes for Garlic Smelling Hands
I love using fresh garlic. However, I don't love the sticky residue it leaves on my hands and especially don't like the garlic smell on my fingers.
Coffee Grinds Have Some Great Uses
K-Cups hold the perfect portion of coffee grounds to rub into your garlic smelling hands.
Grounds are great for getting rid of smells
If you brew coffee through a filter, keep a container of used grounds near your kitchen sink. If you use K-Cups you could also toss them into a container.
Coffee Grounds are Good for Smoothing Hands
Just dump some coffee grounds onto your hands and rub-a-dub-dub. No soap needed! You don't need much. Be careful not to clog your sink drain.
Rub Coffee Grounds Between Your Hands
Rub some grounds on your hands after cutting up garlic, onions, or fish. Great as an exfoliant too!
Rinse Grounds With Plain Water
Rinse with plain water. For me, not only does the smell go away once I've washed with coffee grounds but, my hands are super-duper smooth. Please excuse me now while I take my afternoon coffee break ;)
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4 questions
  • Yvonne B
    on Mar 7, 2016

    I tend to get mold growth on my grounds when I save them. Any tips on how to avoid the fuzzy mold growing on the saved leftover grounds?

    • Jac
      on Mar 8, 2016

      They need to be dried. Spread them out until they air dry, then store.

    • Judy
      on Apr 3, 2016

      coffee grounds are a natural nutrient to put around the base of your rose bushes. They give away bags of them in star bucks.

    • Yvonne B
      on Apr 10, 2016

      I have always put the grinds around base of my azaleas.

    • Nolvia
      on Apr 17, 2016

      I put them in a plastic container in my freezer or ziplock bags.

    • Dbd7923978
      on Jun 29, 2016

      I was going to suggest refrigerating/freezing the remaining grounds/"cuppies"

    • Diana Binkowski
      on Jul 2, 2016

      spread out grounds on cookie sheet and put in low oven for about fifteen minutes or so. Dries them so they don't get moldy.

    • Diana Binkowski
      on Jul 2, 2016

      Also use full caffeine used coffee grounds as an ant killer. They take grounds back to nest and everyone eats the grounds and go into caffeine shock and die. Not harmful for kids or pets or wildlife but lethal to ants.

    • Karly Shelton
      on Aug 28, 2016

      Wow ! Thank you for the tip w/Ants. Never knew.

    • Nancy
      on Sep 8, 2016

      I would think these cups would be a great plant starter.

    • Armada157
      on Sep 26, 2016

      I love your sink, some day...

    • Deena Bechtel
      on Oct 7, 2016

      I use K-cups to start my tomato seeds

    • Joy Rush
      on Oct 8, 2016

      I leave my coffee grounds the coffee filter and place them on my spoon rest to dry out. I saved one of my big non coffee cans "non plastic" and fill it up. When it's full,it's off to the garden I go.

    • Theresa Taylor
      on Oct 13, 2016

      I found a simple way to stop mold growth- just stir up the grounds after each addition. It really works. Someone on home talk suggested it a couple months ago.

    • She7685146
      on Oct 14, 2016

      I add the grounds to my compost bin

    • Swe13715380
      on Jan 1, 2017

      I put the grounds in a zip bag and keep in refrigerator till full and then empty in my composter.

    • Emy
      on Jan 2, 2017

      Yes! Great for worm composting bins too!

    • Ardale
      on Jan 21, 2017

      Sorry but I beg to differ with Diane. Caffeine maybe great to keep ants out but it is also lethal to dogs! Look it up! Just be careful of where you put it so your dogs don't ingest any of it. I don't know if it will hurt cats but if you love your pets don't take any chances of them getting into any of your coffee grounds. I always spread my wet grounds on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven on 250 degrees for about 15 minutes stirring them every little bit then leave them on the counter over night to be sure they are good and dry. Then I keep my dried used coffee grounds in an empty clearly marked coffee can until I need them. I also use them in my garden and flower beds during the summer months. Hosta's also love them as well as azealeas, tomatoes, squash, etc.

    • Jamie
      on Feb 18, 2017

      Just don't save that much, if your drinking coffee you will always have it

    • Mary Lou
      on Mar 8, 2017

      They are not much good if you don't have a lot!

  • Mim6254897
    on Nov 12, 2016

    what can I do with a rattan rocking chair the the seat is missing

    • Trash Find Redesigned
      on Nov 16, 2016

      I might use the seat area for a potted plant if you're not repairing the chair.

    • Mim6254897
      on Nov 16, 2016


    • Audrey
      on Feb 15, 2017

      Weave a jute or hemp seat to go with that same feel . Might need to reinforce frame.

    • Rose Broadway
      on Jul 22, 2017

      You can get the plastic strips that look just like cane or rattan. I't soft and easier to work with than the real thing.
    • Rachel
      on Mar 26, 2020

      if you are not intereste in weaving a chairseat ,why not try a fabric covered one? you can easily find videos on using a wood back,covering it with some pillow stuffing and then cover that with fabric? You can use either small upholstery nails to nail on or glue on the fabric.then glue on the chair.


  • Jane Altemen
    on Jan 21, 2017

    Makes perfect sense for the odour problem . A challenge is that coffee grounds down the drain belabour the water waste management system. What are the pros and cons to your post having an alternate pic with a filter over the sink drain and those grounds then go into the compost?

    • Mary Lou
      on Mar 8, 2017

      That sounds like a good idea because the grounds are perfect for the compost pile, as well as directly adding to plants that like acidic soil.

    • Erin Brennan
      on Jul 29, 2017

      Are african Violets acid lovers??? I have one that is growing great... but NO flowers, maybe add coffee grounds ?
    • KW
      on Aug 19, 2017

      @Erin Brennan....I have African Violets and they bloom every year. I use plant food specifically for A.V. If you use coffee grounds, do not water your A.V. plants until the soil is dry. The coffee grounds in the soil mix will keep the soil wet longer, which could eventually lead to rot or fungus problems. The food for A.V. I use is 14 drops to 1/2 gallon of water and just water them when they are dry. I never let them sit in water either (if I water from the bottom) as this will also cause rot. Hope this helps!!
    • Saffron
      on Jul 9, 2018

      Wash your hands over a bowl and dispose of coffee granules on the garden.

  • Hap14166899
    on Mar 16, 2017

    Have you tried it to exfoliate your face???

    • Kimberly Pollard
      on Mar 18, 2017


    • Rae
      on May 2, 2017

      Like YES I have. All over body in the shower. Winter dryness-GONE. All has very smooth -& natural oils from coffee beans.
    • Amy
      on Jul 25, 2018

      But doesn’t it clog your drain??

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  • Manjula
    on Jan 9, 2020

    I use used coffee grounds to wash dishes pot and pans. It's amazing.

  • Terry Mason
    on Jan 9, 2020

    When your done using the grounds out of the k cup use the empty cup to start seedlings. Make sure you pull the little filter out an rinse your well. It already has a drainage hole in the bottom. Just fill kcup with dirt put your seed or little seedling in the dirt place them on a tray to catch excess water from watering. Works great.

    • Cindy
      on Jan 9, 2020

      it does work great. I have 4 apple trees growing in some as we speak.

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