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Finding new uses for the old is a creative and fun way to live a little greener.

Have you ever wondered what other ways coffee grounds could be used after making that much needed morning pot of coffee. For all you java junkies, here are some tips for using coffee grounds.

Used coffee grounds get rid of cellulite. Here is the recipe we found at DIY Maven. "Mix 1/4 cup warm, used coffee grounds and one tablespoon of olive oil. While standing over an old towel or newspaper, apply the mixture to your problem areas. Next, wrap the areas with shrink wrap and leave on for several minutes. Unwind the wrap, brush loose grounds off your skin and then shower with warm water. For best results, it is recommended to repeat this procedure twice a week."

Now, on to other tips for using old coffee grounds.

1. Soften and add shine to hair. When washing your hair, rub coffee grounds through wet hair and rinse. For brown hair, coffee grounds add highlights.
2. Use coffee grounds as an exfoliant for skin. Pat on skin, massage over skin, rinse.
3. Add coffee grounds to your skin mask beauty routine.
4.
Make homemade tattoos (temporary) with henna and coffee grounds.
5.
Fertilize plants. Old coffee grounds are nutrient-rich for plants that thrive in an acidic soil.
6.
Add used coffee grounds to the pots of indoor plants.
7.
Work used coffee grounds into your garden soil before seed planting. After your plants start to emerge, work in coffee grounds near the plants. Used coffee grounds are said to repel snails and slugs as well as adding nutrients to the soil.
8.
Increase your carrot and radish harvest by mixing seeds with dry coffee grounds before planting the seeds.
9. Use coffee grounds to repel ants.
10.
Keep cats from using your garden as a kitty box by spreading used coffee grounds and orange peels throughout flower beds.
11.
Deodorize a freezer. Place a bowl with used coffee grounds in the freezer to remove unwanted odors. Add a few drops of vanilla to coffee grounds.
12.
Rub coffee grounds on hands to get rid of smells from chopping or cutting up pungent foods.
13.
Make a used coffee grounds sachet. Fill old nylons or cheescloth with dry used coffee grounds. Hang in closets to absorb odors.
14.
When you need an abrasive cleaner, coffee grounds can be used. Be careful of any surfaces that might stain.
15.
Remove furniture scratches with wet coffee grounds.
16.
Got a fireplace? Sprinkle wet coffee grounds over the ashes to keep from becoming engulfed in the plume of dust ashes create when you need to remove them.
17.
Dye fabric, paper or Easter eggs. Simply add used coffee grounds to warm water and let sit a bit to create a dye.
18
. After you give your dog a bath, rub coffee grounds through the coat of your pet. Coffee grounds are said to repel fleas.
19. Keep bait worms alive by mixing coffee grounds into the soil before you add worms.
20. Grow mushrooms on old coffee grounds.


  • Shane

    Yes indeed - many ways to use coffee grounds. For anyone interested in seeing the amazing impact of coffee grounds in the garden (in large amounts), check out my blog:

    http://shanegenziuk.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/ground-to-ground/

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  • Shane

    Thank you to everyone that has visited the site to learn more about the best use of coffee grounds in the garden, compost, and worm farm. Keep at it guys, we are making a difference.

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  • Shane

    Sorry all - my site is now here - http://groundtoground.org

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