Do you love a good cup of coffee in the morning? Well, did you know that there are many ways to use your leftover grounds?
Since I drink coffee every day at home, there are so many uses for the leftover coffee grounds that I’m always thinking of new ways to reuse them. Here are eight smart and creative ideas on using those leftover coffee grounds at home.
Coffee is packed with nitrogen, making it an excellent fertilizer for plants. Simply add some to your soil and see what happens – you may be surprised!
Tip: Only use a small amount of coffee grounds at a time, as they can be acidic and potentially harm your plants.
2. Face scrub
Mix half a tablespoon of ground coffee with two tablespoons of oatmeal or brown sugar and apply it to the skin for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. This face scrub will leave skin looking refreshed and brightened up.
3. Hair conditioner
Add one teaspoon of ground coffee mixed into the conditioner before washing hair as usual. The caffeine in the coffee acts as a natural conditioner and will leave hair feeling soft.
4. Remove grease stains
You can use coffee grounds to clean greasy stains because the oil and caffeine in coffee break down any fats that may get on clothes. Simply rub some onto a stain, then toss it into the wash as usual.
5. Remove odor in microwave
Put a small dish of coffee grounds in the microwave and turn it on for 2-3 minutes. The coffee will absorb any bad smells and leave the microwave smelling fresh. You can also dry the coffee ground faster for other uses.
6. Air freshener
Sometimes I used expired coffee beans instead, but you can simply put some coffee grounds in a bowl around the house to freshen up the air in the closets, entrance, or bathroom.
The dried coffee ground can absorb moisture and any unpleasant odor, leaving your home smelling fresh.
Tip: Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the coffee grounds for an extra boost of freshness.
7. Homemade soap
If making soap is your thing, then homemade coffee soap (with scrub effect) will be a breeze for you. Use around 30% coffee grounds in your soap recipe and enjoy the exfoliating properties of this natural scrub.
Tip: For a more rigid soap bar, add more coffee grounds to the recipe.
You can also use the leftover coffee from your morning cup as an ingredient in making homemade soaps, leaving your soap with a delightful coffee scent.
Tip: Be sure to use cold-brewed in your soap recipes, as regular brewed coffee can be too acidic.
8. Mosquito repellent
Mosquitoes absolutely hate the smell of coffee, so if you’re looking for an all-natural mosquito repellent, try using coffee grounds. Simply sprinkle them around your porch or patio and enjoy an evening outdoors without the bugs.
Coffee can also be used as a natural, all-purpose repellent in the garden by mixing it with water and spraying it on plants. The caffeine in the coffee will help keep pests away.
Tip: Test a small area of the plant before spraying all over, as coffee can be harmful to some plants.
I hope you enjoyed my list of ways to reuse coffee grounds at home. They can be used in so many creative ways, and who knows? You may find that they are good for more than just your morning cup!