10 Unconventional Ways to Use Coffee Grounds

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Raise your hand if you’re a coffee drinker!

It’s delicious, comes in a variety of flavors, and gives us the kick in the butt/energy to do what we need to do throughout our day. To be honest, though, I didn’t even start drinking coffee until about 2 year ago. *gasp!* I KNOW!! I had just started a new, high energy, endless working hours, stay-at-home job (which, ironically, had been advertised as “part time work, full time pay.” Yeah right) and needed that extra energy boost to keep me functional as both a mom and a business owner. I’ve since quit that job, but I’ve held onto my new love for coffee. My husband and I have a few favorite brands, so we’re always trying out new flavors and using our Ninja Coffee Maker (https://amzn.to/2vVHQ9s) to make tasty beverages, so we end up with LOTS of coffee grounds. Did you know that coffee grounds can be used even after they provide deliciousness for you? It’s true. In fact, read on for some of the best ways I’ve found to use your coffee grounds!

1. Bullet-Proof Coffee for your Body

The instructions provided by Mad In Crafts are some of the clearest I’ve found. She goes step-by-step, even providing some videos, to teach you how to make your own Bulletproof Coffee Body Scrub. Plus, I love that there are literally only TWO ingredients!

2. Remove Unwanted Hair

Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the warmer weather, but I HATE shaving my legs every.single.day. Try this recipe to remove unwanted hair using coffee grounds!

3. Give yourself a Coffee Facial

I’m totally going to try this simple recipe next time I take a shower!

4. Turn your Hydrangeas Blue

Hydrangeas were my wedding flower and my husband gave me a Hydrangea bush for my first Mother’s Day with the two boys, so these blooms will always hold a special place in my heart. Changing the colors of the flowers is as simple as altering the ph level of the soil in which the bush is planted. Science is pretty cool, huh?

5. Create Nitrogen-Rich Compost


The Oregon State University Extension Service has provided step-by-step directions on how to incorporate coffee grounds into your compost.

6. Tenderize meat

Before cooking, rub meat with coffee grounds to help tenderize and add a smokey flavor.

7. Salt Icey Walkways

I mean, unless you’d rather spend your entire day shoveling (or live in an area with an endless summer!), coffee grounds can help to de-ice walkways because they are high in acid. Not only will they provide a little extra grit to keep you from slipping, but the acid will melt the snow.

8. Make your Hair Shiny

Adding some coffee grounds to your conditioner can add moisture to your hair! As a result, you’ll end up with shiny, healthy hair. Sounds good to me!

9. Arts and Crafts Time

Add coffee grounds to some water to create this unconventional art medium.

10.  Make Playdough!

Now, I KNOW this is an idea my boys would get on board with! Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails has the recipe for Mocha Playdough on the website. Check it out!


Not a coffee drinker, but still interested in using coffee grounds at home? Call your local coffee house, or Starbucks, and see if they can save some grounds for you!


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