Recycle Your Coffee Grounds

I was going about my usual morning routine here at work and a google alert popped on my screen about how this scientist is turning spent coffee grounds into diesel fuel. I’m thinking this is great stuff! Imagine how much coffee the US goes through in a single day? That got me to thinking and I wonder what else you could do with spent coffee grounds. Below is somethings you can do with your spent coffee grounds. Enjoy.

Coffee grounds are a great addition to any compost pile. Just throw them into your compost bin, filter and all.  For some reason, ants hate coffee grounds.

If you want to get rid of ants in your yard just sprinkle coffee grounds on their anthills and around your lawn. Put coffee grounds around anything that you don’t want ants to get to. If you put the grounds around the base of your house you won’t have ants getting inside.  

Coffee grounds make a great dye for fabric. Put used coffee grounds into a bin of warm water. Add as many coffee grounds as you like for your preferred shade of brown. Soak your fabric in the water until it has absorbed the dye to your desired shade. Wash the fabric by itself in cold water.  

If you have plants that like high acidity add some coffee grounds to the soil. Coffee grounds will add acidity and nitrogen to the soil and your plants will thrive. Roses and azaleas especially enjoy an occasional dose of coffee grounds. Replace the grounds after heavy rains.  

Coffee grounds make great mulch for your garden. Just cover the soil with coffee grounds and the moisture will stay in the soil and the weeds won’t sprout.  

Put used coffee grounds on a cookie sheet and dry them out in the oven at low heat. Put the dried coffee grounds in a dish inside your refrigerator to absorb odors. Put dried coffee grounds into sachet packets and keep them inside your gym shoes to absorb odors.  

Make some fun play dough for your kids out of those old coffee grounds. Just mix a couple of cups of dried coffee grounds with a half a cup of salt and 1 to 2 cups of corn meal. Add in enough warm water to get the dough to the consistency you like. Kids will like the different texture and they can model it just like clay.  

Use coffee grounds as a safe and natural abrasive for scrubbing any surface. You can clean greasy pans by scrubbing them with some wet coffee grounds and a cloth. The grounds will get rid of any greasy odor too.

Try using coffee grounds as a gentle exfoliant for your face as well.  

Rid your pets of fleas with old coffee grounds. Shampoo your dog or cat as usual and when they are wet rub their fur down thoroughly with coffee grounds. Massage the coffee grounds all the way to their skin and work them in. Rinse the coffee grounds away and your pet’s fur will be soft and clean and the fleas will disappear.

Make your own parchment with used coffee grounds. Put some coffee grounds in a flat pan of water and dip a white piece of paper into it. Remove the paper carefully and let it dry and you will have something that looks very much like parchment.


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  1. GreenThumber on

    Coffee grinds in flower beds works wonders. Along with regular plant food, the grinds that I get from my local Cuppy’s Coffee does wonder for my flowers. I highly suggest that anyone looking for a fuller garden keep their coffee grinds or grab some from a local coffee store and use it. You’ll be happy you did

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