By peoplestaff225
Updated May 01, 2015 05:13 PM

Instead of throwing leftover Joe down the drain, save coffee (and coffee grounds) for use around the house, in the garden and even for your beauty routine.

Make Iced Coffee Cubes

Save your leftover coffee, coffee grounds and even coffee beans to use in unexpected ways around the house. Next time you make a pot of coffee, pour some into ice cube trays. Once frozen, you can use them to chill iced coffee without diluting it.

Exfoliate Skin

For smoother skin, mix coffee grounds into regular body lotion to make it exfoliating.

Freshen Air

Deodorize unpleasant kitchen smells (such as in the freezer or refrigerator) by placing a small bowl of coffee grounds anywhere you want odors absorbed.

Wash Hands

Rid stubborn smells from hands after cooking by gently rinsing them with coffee grounds.

Scrub Dishes

Coffee grounds can help clean grimy, grease-stained objects such as pots and pans – just be careful of light-colored items that might be stained.

Diminish Cellulite

Diminish cellulite with this easy trick: Mix warm coffee grounds with any basic massage oil and rub onto skin. Caffeine (an ingredient found in many skin creams) can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Repel Bugs

Repel insects (particularly ants and slugs) by sprinkling coffee grounds anywhere you want to keep bugs out.

Shine Hair

Many experts say that coffee is the secret to ultra-shiny strands. Brew a pot of coffee, let it cool, and then rinse over wet hair in the shower.

Repair Furniture Scratches

Fix light furniture scratches by rubbing damp coffee grounds onto the mark. You should see an instant improvement.

Make a Natural Dye

Steep coffee grounds in hot water to make a natural, sepia-colored dye for Easter eggs or crafts.


Liven up a clear decorative vase by putting coffee beans in the bottom, then use as a holder for makeup brushes or pens.

Fertilize Plants

The nitrogen in coffee grounds can help fertilize plants that require acidic soil, such as roses and hydrangeas.

Prevent Air Pollution

Before cleaning a fireplace, sprinkle any leftover ashes with coffee grounds to prevent dust and ash from polluting the air in the room.

Protect the Garden

Keep pets out of the garden by sprinkling a mixture of coffee grounds and orange peels in the area.

Clean Shoes

Absorb odors by sprinkling coffee grounds in the soles of dirty shoes.


Coffee grounds are great for composting.

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