8 Ways To Make Use Of Left Over Coffee Grounds

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Brewing up  enough coffee every day for even a few cups uses a lot of grounds. Most likely, most of those spent coffee grounds get thrown in the trash, or maybe even composted. But did you know that those used coffee grounds have alternative uses? Below are a couple of pointers to make you think twice before tossing those ground beans in the trash.

Removing Odors From Your Hands

After cooking with certain foods such as garlic or fish you might have a strong odor on your hands that regular soap won’t remove. Rub a few coffee beans in your hands and the oils being released from the beans will absorb the foul smell.

Kitchen Drains

Drains tend to get smelly from having leftover food put down them.  Slowly pour a cup of coffee grounds, mixed with boiling water, down the drain and the odor will disappear.

Cleaning Around the House

Coffee grounds can be used to clean any stain resistant surface.  The grounds are extremely abrasive and acidic, giving them the edge when it comes to difficult cleaning, but they have a mild and gentle element and smell super fresh.  This technique is particularly useful for cleaning greasy kitchen surfaces. Simply mix them with a little bit of water, and then scrub with a firm brush. Do make sure that the dirty items are stain-resistant.


Adding coffee to the soil used for your plants can be an effective way of helping them thrive.  This is best done in small amounts of soil and by simply adding the coffee grounds onto your compost pile.

Freshen Your Breath

If you’re all out of Altoids, suck on a coffee bean and your mouth and breath will smell clean and fresh.


Used coffee grounds can serve as a great brown dye on anything from fabric to paper or even Easter eggs. Take the coffee grounds and band them in either a filter or a nylon. Soak the grounds in two cups of hot water for five to ten minutes. Once you have done this, you have a dye ready for action. When dyeing a larger piece of fabric, simply increase the amount of water and the amount of grounds. If you have brown furniture, a dye made from coffee grounds can also be used to cover up unwanted blemishes.

Pest Repellant

Used coffee grounds can help keep stray cats out of your garden. Simply mix the coffee grounds well with used orange peels and then spread them around the outside of your garden. Since cats dislike the smell of coffee, as well as any citrus smells, this mixture will drive them away quickly!

Ants also dislike the smell and, most likely, the acidity of the coffee. If you have an ant problem and some spare time, spread your coffee grounds over each ant hill. After about a week of persistently spreading the grounds, most of those pesky ants will find a new place to live!


Coffee grounds attract and trap unwanted odors, without imparting that unmistakable coffee scent. After you have dried them, preferably on a cookie sheet or foil, place your coffee grounds in old pantyhose. Tie the hose off, and then simply place them in any closet or area that needs freshening up. Results should last for a few weeks or even an entire month.

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