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How To Be Sustainable With Coffee Grounds

How To Be Sustainable With Coffee Grounds

If you like to live sustainably, it can be challenging with some of our modern ways of life. For example, coffee machines can create waste from pods and the spent coffee. There are many ways to use spent coffee to reduce waste. If you are using coffee pods, check with your local council if you can recycle them, and choose a brand that has sustainable choices.

I remove the coffee from my pods once they have been used and use the pods for germinating seeds for the garden. There are plenty of ways to recycle coffee pods, including making jewellery, art and Christmas decorations. A search on YouTube will bring up many tutorials on how to do this craft.

Use Coffee Grounds in the Garden

Ground coffee can help in the garden, such as a repellant to slugs and snails and is used to enrich the soil. Although compost, straw, or other organic matter are notoriously tricky to find in sufficient amounts or reasonably priced, mulching is beneficial. While utilising free coffee grounds might seem like the ideal answer, several gardeners have discovered that doing so has impacted their plants because they have spread it too thick around plants and seeds. Coffee grinds can be used as mulch by first being combined with other organic materials, such as compost or leaf mould. Research suggests that adding no more than 20% coffee grounds to the compost bin is the ideal way to use spent coffee grounds.

You may control the sowing of carrots more evenly down the row by combining your dried used coffee grounds with the seed. Additionally, the coffee grounds' fertiliser will improve the growth of your carrots. Both wins!

Absorb Odours

Coffee grounds are just as practical as baking soda at removing unpleasant refrigerator scents since they absorb odours. The nitrogen, which makes them an excellent soil supplement, also reacts with airborne sulphur, drawing it out and trapping it in the grounds. Additionally, this is more than just a deodoriser for freezers. It works almost any place there are offensive odours.

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Furniture Stain

Anything you desire stained can get a bit glossy darkening from coffee grounds, including wood, which coffee grinds can stain inexpensively and deeply. You can rub it on and let it sit for about an hour before cleaning it off for a more natural look.

Coffee Scrub for Skin


  • 1/2 cup fresh ground coffee (Fresh are best, but dry used grounds will work, too)

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Tip: Choose fine grounds, as the coarse kind can be too harsh for sensitive or delicate skin.


Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup freshly ground coffee.

Add 1 tsp. Vanilla extract and 1/2 cup coconut oil to the coffee mixture.

Combine thoroughly after mixing.

Avoid touching the mixture near your eyes and gently rub it over your entire body. Once you have finished scrubbing, thoroughly rinse. (If using the scrub in the shower, use caution, as the oil may make the floor a little slick).

Scouring Pots and Pans

Use coffee grounds as a light scrubbing pad by sprinkling them on the dirtiest areas of your pots and pans. Coffee grounds may do the job without ruining your hands, unlike steel wool and chemical cleansers which are hard on hands (and pans).

Without using chemical cleansers, the naturally abrasive texture will scrape off food that has caked on, and your cookware will rinse clean. You save money on buying cleaning products too.

Repair Scratched Furniture

Used coffee grounds have oils that can help mask furniture scratches, especially in dark-coloured woods.

Coffee Soap

And finally, try making some homemade coffee soap. Check out this recipe here.

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