4 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds:
Most of us don’t think twice after our morning cup is brewed, we have our coffee and that’s what important. Into the trash or compost goes our coffee grounds… but giving those grounds a second life is easier than you think. We’ve put together our top 4 favorite ways to reuse coffee grounds. From the easiest (putting them in a bowl in the fridge) to a fun craft project, there are plenty of useful ways to get a double use out of your morning brew.
1: Fridge Freshener
This is the easiest way to reuse coffee grounds. Simply put the grounds into a bowl and pop them in the fridge. They will naturally soak up odor in your fridge. If you’re brewing coffee everyday, it’s easy to replace your new fridge freshener every few days or when the grounds dry out.
If you’re a gardener, adding coffee grounds to your routine is a no-brainer. The coffee will give your soil a little extra nutrients and your garden will thank you. Simply mix the grounds into your soil when you’re re-potting or planting new seeds!
3. Coffee Scrub
If you’ve been washing your hands ten times a day like we have lately, your hands might be feeling a little dry and in need of a good scrub. We love this simple coffee scrub to help get rid of dry, flaky skin and keep your hands feeling like new. Mix two parts coffee grounds to one part coconut oil, wet hands and rub the scrub all over, rinse with warm water. This mixture can be used on just about any body part that needs a scrub, except your face.
4. Coffee Candle
This is our most time consuming option and requires a few supplies, but definitely worth it if you’re in the crafting mood:
- skewer to hold wick (a chopstick works great)
- wax (can use wax pellets or melted down tea lights)
- coffee grounds
- optional: essential oil
- Tie the end of the wick to your skewer, place the skewer across the top of your jar and let the wick hang down. You want the wick to reach the bottom of the jar and be centered.
- Melt down your wax. You can do a double-boiler over the stove, or just microwave (we used a glass Pyrex measuring cup) until wax is melted.
- If you are adding essential oil such as vanilla, add it to your wax once it’s melted.
- Place a scoop of coffee grounds into the bottom of the jar, pour a layer of wax over the grounds and let dry for a few minutes.
- Pour in more grounds, and then more wax. Repeat this layering process until your candle is full, allowing each wax layer to dry for just a few minutes in-between.
- Once the jar is filled, let it dry for at least two hours before cutting the wick free from the skewer.