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10 tips to use your coffee grounds sensibly

Written by: Svenja Schindler



Time to read 4 min

Coffee grounds contain a variety of antioxidants that provide protection against free radicals. Free radicals are very aggressive and attack our cells. This can change our cell structure or, in the worst case, damage our cell function or DNA. The coffee grounds are full of effective ingredients and therefore far too valuable to end up in the garbage. Using the coffee grounds saves money and protects the environment. But what exactly can be done with the coffee grounds?

Cellulite peeling with coffee grounds

It is said that caffeine stimulates blood circulation and has a dehydrating effect. With a body peeling, this should lead to tightening of the connective tissue, gently removing dead skin and stimulating cell renewal.


  1. Mix the coffee brew with a little vegetable oil
  2. Apply the peeling to your body with circular movements
  3. Let the coffee scrub on your skin for about 20 minutes
  4. Rinse off the peeling in the shower and then dab your skin lightly. In this way, parts of the oil can continue to care for your skin and be absorbed

Coffee grounds as a hair treatment

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

And this is how it works:

Application of the coffee cure

15 minutes

1. mix ingredients

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

2. Distribute treatment in the hair

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

3. exposure time and effectiveness

Let the treatment work for at least 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Regular use is recommended as the caffeine breaks down quickly. Regular use increases the effectiveness of caffeine

Tip: Only use the coffee hair treatment on dark hair, otherwise discoloration could occur.

Coffee grounds as fertilizer in the garden

Coffee ground contains nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus and can therefore be used as a fertilizer for many plants. Since coffee brew is slightly acidic, it is ideal for plants that need acidic soil. These include hydrangeas and rhododendrons, but the coffee grounds fertilizer is also well suited for natural plants such as cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, blueberries and strawberries.

Warning: Due to the tannic acid, not all plants like the coffee fertilizer. These include, for example, carrots, potatoes, garlic, asparagus, grapes, raspberries and elderberries.

The coffee brew should always be cool and dry so that the root ball doesn't get moldy. To do this, place it in an open vessel to air dry

Interesting to know: Many snails don't like caffeine and can therefore be kept away from vegetable beds with the coffee fertilizer.

Coffee grounds make scratches in wood disappear

The rest of the brewed coffee powder can also be reused in the household, because it can repair light scratches in dark wooden furniture.


  1. Moisten the coffee brew a little
  2. Apply it to the affected area with a cotton swab
  3. The coffee brew fills the scratches on the wooden furniture and the oils it contains seals it

Remove unpleasant odors with coffee grounds

The coffee grounds can remove unpleasant rumors as it has the ability to absorb alien rumours.

Neutralize cheese smells from the fridge

Cheese smells from the refrigerator can be removed with the coffee grounds powder.

How it works:

Put the fresh coffee grounds in a bowl and then put it in the fridge for one night. The surface of the coffee grounds absorbs the odor molecules and thereby neutralizes the smell.

Get rid of onion smell on hands

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

Coffee powder makes the smell of sweat in your shoes disappear

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

Coffee reason as control element

Who doesn't know him? The stubborn dirt on the grill or the burnt pan. The coffee grounds act like scouring milk - with the decisive advantage: without harmful chemicals. Deposits in vases can also be removed with hot water and two spoons of coffee grounds.

Coffee grounds as a miracle cure against wasps and mosquitoes

Mosquitoes and wasps are not seen well - whether on a summer evening at the barbecue or relaxing on the terrace. The realization that mosquitoes and wasps don't like the smell of coffee makes summer evenings more bearable. Unfortunately, simply scattering coffee does not help to get rid of them.

To get rid of the insects, you should light the dry coffee ground in a fireproof bowl. The rising odor is perceived as unpleasant for the insects. Humans, on the other hand, perceive the smell only faintly or even find it pleasant.

Coffee grounds reduce dark circles

Anyone who has ever slept badly and has to leave the house early knows it: dark circles under the eyes. But if you know how to use your coffee grounds, you will have fewer problems with them, because the caffeine it contains promotes blood circulation. Apply the coffee base under your eyes and let it work for 5-10 minutes. The caffeine constricts the blood vessels and draws fluid out of the swelling.

Here you will find more tips against dark circles.

lip scrub

In summer and in winter, care for our lips is indispensable. Coffee brew contains oils that have an antibacterial effect and promote blood circulation in the lips and make them look fuller.

Recipe for the lip scrub:

  1. 1 tsp coffee grounds
  2. 1 tsp baking soda (alternatively you can use twitch)
  3. 1 tsp coconut oil

Mix the three ingredients together in a bowl, massage the peeling into the lips for 2-3 minutes and remove the peeling residue with warm water.

Use the product once a week and dry lips will be a thing of the past.

Empty the chimney with coffee grounds

With this tip, you use the coffee brew when it is warm and moist. Scatter the sentence on the ashes before you take them out of the chimney. The coffee ground can bind the dust and ash, which makes it much easier to empty the chimney because no dust is stirred up.

Conclusion: Coffee grounds don't belong in the trash

Coffee grounds are far too good to throw in the trash. So the next time you find a portion of coffee grounds in the filter, you now have a few uses for them. It is a real all-rounder and you are doing something good for the environment and your wallet.