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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.
Time: 1 Minutes Cost: $0 Difficulty: Easy
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.
K-Cups hold the perfect portion of coffee grounds to rub into your garlic smelling hands.
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.
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 some grounds on your hands after cutting up garlic, onions, or fish. Great as an exfoliant too!
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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    • Like YES I have. All over body in the shower. Winter dryness-GONE. All has very smooth -& natural oils from coffee beans.
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    • 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.
    • Are african Violets acid lovers??? I have one that is growing great... but NO flowers, maybe add coffee grounds ?
    • @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!!
      KW KW  Pinson, AL · answered on Aug 19, 2017 ·
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    • I might use the seat area for a potted plant if you're not repairing the chair.
    • thanks
    • Weave a jute or hemp seat to go with that same feel . Might need to reinforce frame.
    • 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.
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    • They need to be dried. Spread them out until they air dry, then store.
      Jac Jac  Southport, NC · answered on Mar 8, 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.
      Judy Judy  Hatboro, PA · answered on Apr 3, 2016 ·
    • I have always put the grinds around base of my azaleas.
      Yvonne B Yvonne B  Thomaston, GA · answered on Apr 10, 2016 ·
    • I put them in a plastic container in my freezer or ziplock bags.
      Nolvia Nolvia  Kissimmee, FL · answered on Apr 17, 2016 ·
    • I was going to suggest refrigerating/freezing the remaining grounds/"cuppies"
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Wow ! Thank you for the tip w/Ants. Never knew.
    • I would think these cups would be a great plant starter.
      Nancy Nancy  Nashville, TN · answered on Sep 8, 2016 ·
    • I love your sink, some day...
      Armada157 Armada157  Roseville, MI · answered on Sep 26, 2016 ·
    • I use K-cups to start my tomato seeds
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • I add the grounds to my compost bin
    • I put the grounds in a zip bag and keep in refrigerator till full and then empty in my composter.
    • Yes! Great for worm composting bins too!
      Emy Emy  Fontana, CA · answered on Jan 2, 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.
      Ardale Ardale  Poplar Bluff, MO · answered on Jan 21, 2017 ·
    • Just don't save that much, if your drinking coffee you will always have it
      Jamie Jamie  Whitestone, NY · answered on Feb 18, 2017 ·
    • They are not much good if you don't have a lot!
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  • Olivia Aguayo McClain
    Olivia Aguayo McClain Imperial, CA
    on Jan 12, 2015

    Great Tip

  • Carole
    Carole Australia
    on Jan 12, 2015

    Good post! I do a weekly collection to a local café and take away their weeks worth of coffee grounds. It is usually best to compost them before adding to the garden. Like your tip for smelly hands and exfoliating, there are many other uses. Putting the grounds un-composted around your plants can be a little too much for them. I believe they add nitrogen back to the soil which acid loving plants like. For good composting, 25% nitrogen and 75% carbon is the way to go, so adding too much to your compost is not a good idea. Needs to be balanced with brown stuff such as newspaper, brown cardboard, brown autumn leaves, dried out brown grass clippings and dried brown garden prunings.

    • Gwen B
      Gwen B Morristown, TN
      on Jan 12, 2015

      @Carole I used to work at a convenience store and saved all the grinds from the morning coffee crowd rush at least once a month. I would work them into my soil.

  • Carole
    Carole Australia
    on Jan 12, 2015

    Did you know another good tip for removing onion and garlic smells from hands is to rub your hands on stainless steel. You can buy quite cheaply a piece of stainless steel in the shape of a bar of soap and keep it by your kitchen sink or rub your hands on the stainless steel draining board. We bought ours some time ago in a dollar store.

    • Ruth K
      Ruth K Leesburg, FL
      on Jan 12, 2015

      A lot of our sinks are made of stainless steel. @Carole

  • Tiffany Scrapping
    Tiffany Scrapping Joliet, IL
    on Jan 12, 2015

    Or use your stainless steel sink right there and rub your fingers on it and wallah smell will be gone and you won't clog your pipes with the coffee grounds. H2H

  • Aparini
    Aparini Newark, OH
    on Jan 12, 2015

    What do you do with all of the plastic cups?

    • Rosanna1olivari
      Rosanna1olivari Fort Lauderdale, FL
      on Jan 12, 2015

      recycle (in Recycle Bin). Or punch some little holes in bottom and grow some African Violets, or fresh herbs.Line them(cups with plants) up in a small shallow container to make for decorative flower /herbal arrangement.

  • Ardith P.
    Ardith P. Tucson, AZ
    on Jan 12, 2015

    Most plants like them.

  • Gina Moreno
    Gina Moreno Lees Summit, MO
    on Jan 12, 2015

    What a great idea. My hands are really getting dried out this winter!

  • Sheila Stewart
    Sheila Stewart Columbia, MD
    on Jan 12, 2015

    If you mix the coffee grounds with a little olive oil, it will helps soften the hands. I don't compost them because I live in an area where the soil is already extremely acidic; sure don't need anymore of that.

  • Ginny Bogart
    Ginny Bogart West Bend, WI
    on Jan 12, 2015

    I didn't think you could put coffee grounds down the sink because of clogging issues?

    • Linda willoughby
      Linda willoughby Pickens, SC
      on Jan 12, 2015

      @Ginny Bogart My mom always put her coffee grounds down the drain to keep it open and running good. Never clogged her drain.

  • Debra M Coffill
    Debra M Coffill Marblehead, MA
    on Jan 12, 2015

    We use coffee grounds and coconut oil for a great facial. Hands and face are so smooth after.

  • Chris Felter
    Chris Felter Decatur, IL
    on Jan 12, 2015

    Thanks for sharing. I use my sink. But what bothered me was leaving the water running. I hate to see water being wasted.

    • Nancy Velletta
      Nancy Velletta Yukon, OK
      on Jan 12, 2015

      Umm...how do you wash your hands otherwise Chris? Really?!

  • Diane Lynch-Berland
    Diane Lynch-Berland Orlando, FL
    on Jan 12, 2015

    I throw them in my composed in my yard-but this is great ...I wonder if it will remove the smell of bleach from one's hands. I do not use it often but when I do, the smell? thanks....

  • Melody Dubel Harberts
    Melody Dubel Harberts Annapolis, MD
    on Jan 12, 2015

    Used coffee grounds are the best body scrub! My skin is exceptionally soft and smooth now. (I have a very large drain in my shower.)

  • Dee
    Dee Michigan City, IN
    on Jan 12, 2015

    I have flushed coffee grounds down the sink while running very hot water. The grounds and swirling action actually clean the pipes not clog unless you dump them in without running water.

  • Deborah Dawn
    Deborah Dawn Atlanta, GA
    on Jan 12, 2015

    Coffee grounds clean garbage disposals ....

  • Susan McMillin
    Susan McMillin Ruckersville, VA
    on Jan 12, 2015

    I know people that eat the coffee grounds!! That's a good idea though!

  • Demetra Vick
    Demetra Vick Ayden, NC
    on Jan 12, 2015

    if you rub your hands on the stainless steel it will remove the smell too

  • Rosanna1olivari
    Rosanna1olivari Fort Lauderdale, FL
    on Jan 12, 2015

    When trying out fragrances have some coffee beans near and take a sniff to neutralize your sense of smell, and continue to compare fragrances or even repel a foul smell you can't seem to get rid of from your nose. Coffee grounds work but not as well.

  • Joyce Mannion
    Joyce Mannion Sunland, CA
    on Jan 12, 2015

    Grounds are good for your roses too. Just spread around the base.

  • Rosanna1olivari
    Rosanna1olivari Fort Lauderdale, FL
    on Jan 12, 2015

    For smokers its a good idea to save the coffee grounds (let dry up a little,1 or 2 days) and put in your ash tray, it really makes a difference in keeping the stench from the cigarette down and under control, just put your cigarette bud out in it.

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