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6 ways to use coffee grounds instead of tossing them

6 ways to use coffee grounds instead of tossing them Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Many people love coffee. When there's coffee grounds at the bottom of the cup, don't toss them right away. As it turns out, they can be put to good use, citing Healthline.

Unpleasant odors

Unpleasant odors can arise in the fridge for various reasons. You can get rid of them without store-bought solutions, just by using coffee grounds.

Just put a teaspoon of coffee grounds into a small bowl and place it in the fridge. After a while, the unpleasant odors will cease to bother you.


Composting is a natural process that transforms organic products and food scraps into compost or humus.

Adding compost to soil helps retain more nutrients and water, improving the health of your plants.

Compost composed of 40% coffee grounds produces the least amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

You need to place coffee grounds along with grass, leaves, fruit, and vegetable trimmings into a bucket or large container. Then cover it and leave it for 1-2 months.

After this, the compost can be used as fertilizer.

Insect repellent

Experts have revealed that caffeine and diterpenes in coffee can repel insects.

You need to place bowls of coffee grounds or sprinkle them around outdoor resting areas. This can protect your garden.

With the onset of warmth, ants have appeared. You can create an effective bait or sprinkle coffee grounds around ant clusters.

Cleaning pots and pans

The coarse texture of coffee grounds makes it ideal for cleaning pots, pans, and more.

Sprinkle coffee grounds on dirty surfaces and scrub away.

Body scrub

You can make a wonderful and natural body scrub from grounds. Mix sea salt and coconut oil with coffee grounds.

Coffee grounds also work against cellulite by using the scrub several times a week.

Hair treatment

Coffee grounds can be used as a scalp scrub. Caffeine also increases blood flow and stimulates hair growth.

Before washing your hair, take a handful of coffee grounds and massage them into your scalp and hair for a few minutes. You can do this once or twice a week, or as often as you wash your hair.