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10 tips for using your coffee grounds wisely

Written by: Svenja Schindler



Time to read 4 min

Coffee grounds contain a multitude of antioxidants that provide protection against free radicals. Free radicals are very aggressive and attack our cells. Our cellular structure can then change or, in the worst case, damage our cellular function or our DNA. Coffee grounds are full of effective substances and are therefore far too valuable to throw in the trash. Using coffee grounds saves money and helps the environment. But what exactly can you do with coffee grounds?

Cellulite peeling with coffee grounds

Caffeine is said to stimulate blood circulation and have a draining effect. During a body peel, this should help firm the connective tissue and gently remove dandruff from the skin while stimulating cell renewal.


  1. Mix the coffee decoction with a little vegetable oil.
  2. Apply the scrub to your body using circular movements.
  3. Leave the coffee scrub on your skin for about 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse off the peel in the shower and then lightly dab your skin. This way, some of the oil can continue to care for your skin and penetrate.

Coffee grounds as a hair treatment

Coffee hair treatment gives your hair shine, fullness and strength. The caffeine contained in the treatment promotes blood circulation to the scalp, which stimulates the roots of the hair and ultimately leads to its growth.

And this is how it works:

Using the coffee cure

15 minutes

1. mix the ingredients

Mix about 3-4 tablespoons of coffee grounds with water to make a paste.

2. distribute the treatment throughout the hair

Apply the mixture to your hair. Also massage your scalp with the hair treatment so that the caffeine also reaches the hair roots.

3. action time and effectiveness

Leave the treatment on for at least 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Regular use is recommended, as caffeine is quickly eliminated. Regular use increases the effectiveness of caffeine.

Tip: Only use the coffee hair treatment on dark hair, as it may otherwise cause discoloration.

Coffee grounds as fertilizer in the garden.

Coffee base contains nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus and can therefore be used as fertilizer for many plants. As the coffee base is slightly acidic, it is optimal for plants that need acidic soil. These include hydrangeas and rhododendrons, but coffee grounds fertilizer also works well for natural plants like cucumber, tomato, zucchini, blueberries and strawberries.

Attention: due to the tannic acid, not all plants appreciate coffee-based fertilizer. These include, for example, carrots, potatoes, garlic, asparagus, grapes, raspberries and elderberries.

The coffee decoction must always be cooled and dry to prevent the root ball from becoming moldy. To do this, place it in an open container to air dry.

It is interesting to know: Many snails do not like caffeine and can therefore be kept away from vegetable beds with coffee fertilizer.

Coffee grounds remove scratches from wood

The rest of the brewed coffee powder can also be reused wisely at home, as it can repair light scratches on dark wooden furniture.


  1. Slightly moisten the coffee decoctionApply it to the affected area using a cotton swab
  2. The coffee decoction fills the scratch on the wooden furniture and the oils it contains close it

Remove unpleasant rumors with coffee grounds

Coffee grounds can eliminate unpleasant odors, as they have the ability to absorb foreign odors.

Neutralize cheese odors in the refrigerator

Cheese odors emanating from the refrigerator can be eliminated using powdered coffee grounds.

Here's how it works:

Put the fresh coffee grounds in a container and then place them in the refrigerator overnight. The surface of the coffee grounds absorbs the odorous molecules and thus neutralizes the odor.

Get rid of onion smell on hands

To get rid of the onion smell on your hands, you can rub them with coffee grounds and then rinse them with water.

Coffee powder removes sweat odors from shoes

Simply sprinkle dry coffee powder into shoes overnight. The next morning, the shoes have a neutral smell.

The basis of coffee as a tax resource

Who doesn't know him? Stubborn dirt on the barbecue or burnt pan. The coffee decoction acts like a scouring cream - with a decisive advantage: without harmful chemicals. Even deposits in vases can be dissolved with hot water and two spoons of coffee grounds.

Coffee grounds, a miracle cure against wasps and mosquitoes

Mosquitoes and wasps are frowned upon, whether at a barbecue on a summer evening or while relaxing on the terrace. Knowing that mosquitoes and wasps can't stand the smell of coffee makes summer evenings more bearable. Unfortunately, simply spilling coffee doesn't help get rid of it.

To get rid of the insects, you need to set fire to the dry base of the coffee in a fireproof container. The rising odor is perceived as unpleasant by insects. Humans, on the other hand, only faintly sense the smell or even find it pleasant.

Coffee grounds reduce dark circles

Everyone who has ever slept poorly and has to get up early in the morning knows this phenomenon: Dark circles under the eyes. But if you know how to use your coffee grounds, you will have fewer problems, because the caffeine it contains promotes blood circulation. To do this, apply the coffee base under your eyes and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes. Caffeine constricts blood vessels and removes fluid from swelling.

Lip exfoliator

In summer as in winter, it is essential to take care of our lips. The coffee decoction contains oils that have an antibacterial effect and stimulate blood circulation in the lips, which appear fuller.

Recipe for lip scrub:

  1. 1 teaspoon of coffee grounds
  2. 1 teaspoon of baking soda (alternatively, you can also use sugar)
  3. 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Mix the three ingredients in a bowl, massage the scrub onto the lips for 2 to 3 minutes and remove the remaining scrub with warm water.

Apply the product once a week and dry lips will be nothing more than a bad memory.

Empty the chimney with coffee decoction

This tip involves using the coffee decoction when it is hot and humid. Sprinkle the grounds over the ashes before removing them from the chimney. The coffee base can bind dust and ash, making emptying the chimney much easier as no dust is kicked up.

Conclusion: coffee grounds should not be thrown in the trash

Coffee grounds are too bad to throw in the trash. The next time you find a portion of coffee grounds in your filter, you can use them for several purposes. It's really versatile and you're doing good for the environment and your wallet.