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4 Crazy Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

We all love a good cup of Joe, but not all of us like to clean up after making a cup. Isn’t that why we go to coffee shops and cafés—because it’s more convenient and doesn’t cause a mess in our homes?  Cafés allow us to go in and out with our favorite cups of java in a few minutes.

But many of us can’t help but enjoy a cup of coffee brewed in the comfort of our own homes.  It’s delicious, it’s cozy, it’s comfortable and of course, it’s more economically-friendly.  But did you know it’s environmentally friendly to brew your own coffee as well?  To the untrained eye, it may seem that the use of coffee doesn’t go beyond drinking it and throwing the grounds away. However, if you’re open to experimentation, you’ll find that there are many different ways to reuse coffee grounds. Here are some crazy (and cool) ways to reuse your coffee grounds every single day:

1. Coffee grounds make for a great beauty tool.

If you want to improve your skin and make it more radiant, massage used coffee grounds into your skin as an exfoliating scrub. If you want to further benefit, mix a quarter-cup of Roasterie coffee grounds with 1 egg white for an all-natural skin tightening mask.  Don’t believe us?  Give it a try!

2.  Move over, Mr. Clean

If you’ve ever had a really bad cup of coffee, you can attest to how it might taste like a cleaning product. Oddly enough, coffee grounds make for a superb cleaning tool. Want to knock stubborn food and grease off of your pots and pans? Pair the coffee grounds with a firm scrub brush and a little water to give yourself that cleaning edge you’ve been looking for.

3.  Coffee grounds eliminate odor

You may be used to using a box of baking soda, Febreeze or even moth balls to eliminate stinky odor…but did you know you could use old coffee grounds instead?  Fill the foot of an old stocking with dry used coffee grounds, tie it off and you have an odor-absorbing pouch for your closet. Or you can put old coffee grounds in an old yogurt cup with a hole poked in the lid—trust us, it will deodorize the fridge! 

4.  Other cool uses for (unused and used) coffee grounds

  • Sprinkle some used coffee grounds on your roses and they’ll be the envy of the neighborhood.
  • For the fishermen out there, add grounds to the soil of baitworms to keep them alive longer.
  • If you want to really kick-up your cuisine, the addition of coffee will do just that. Coffee makes a great teammate for meat.
  • If you want to really add a touch of boldness to brownies, use some fresh Roasterie coffee grounds.

There are tons of different uses for coffee grounds, only to be limited by your imagination. Best of all, reusing coffee grounds saves you money and saves the environment!  Do you have an interesting and creative way you like to reuse your Roasterie coffee grounds? Please share below in the comments.

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One Response to 4 Crazy Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

  1. Dan Garner says:

    I use coffee grounds as fertilizer, but haven’t seen the others. I try to recycle EVERYTHING. Thanks for the ideas.

    Dan @ ZenPresence.com

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