Re-use coffee grounds

Coffee grounds are rich in antioxidants, potassium, phosphorus, nitrogen, copper, magnesium and nutrients. Before being waste, they are a great resource.

Home use


Place the dried coffee grounds in a container near the fireplace, in the car or in the refrigerator to remove odors. Rub coffee grounds on your hands to remove odors, such as onion odors.


Place coffee grounds on an aluminum foil and set the grounds on fire. Alternatively, scatter coffee grounds in stagnant water (mosquitos’ den). The smell of coffee will drive mosquitoes away from the area.


Rub the coffee grounds on your house surfaces to remove dirt or ashes from the chimney. Great solution for removing dirt from hands as well. Be careful with lighter-colored surfaces, it may stain.

Ants ward off

Spread the dried coffee grounds in places where you find ants in order to ward them off.


Place the dried coffee grounds in a container and place it in the wettest places such as the bathroom, kitchen and living room, as well as in the refrigerator and car.


Boil the coffee grounds in water for about an hour. You will get a natural dye for coloring natural fabrics, watercolor painting or restoring scratches on furniture

Personal care


Mix the coffee grounds with some olive or coconut oil and massage the mixture onto the body for a scrub and anti-cellulite effect. Also good for softening your feet.

Face mask

Mix two tablespoons of coffee grounds with some honey, milk or yogurt (also vegetable) to make a mask that can soften and brighten your skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse off. Repeat a maximum of once a week, since it can stain the skin.


Mix the coffee grounds with some water and place the mixture on your hair and wait about ten minutes. Rinse to get shiny hair and revive the dye color. Recommended for dark hair.


Plants and vegetable garden fertilizer

Spread the coffee grounds on the soil of plants or vegetable garden to nourish the potting soil. Good for plants that like acidic soils, vegetables and fruit trees, e.g., azaleas, hydrangeas, parsley, basil, tomatoes, carrots and zucchini.

Pesticide and repellent

Ward off slugs, ants and worms naturally by pouring a handful of coffee grounds forming a circle around the plant. Versa una manciata di fondi di caffè formando un cerchio attorno alla pianta.

Grow mushrooms

Place a transparent plastic bag inside a fruit box and pour the coffee grounds inside alternating with mushroom mycelium. Close the bag and store it in a dark and cool place for about 15-20 days. When you start smelling the mushrooms you should cut the bag with a small knife and expose it to sunlight. Harvest first mushrooms after three weeks.

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