15 Uses For Coffee Grounds | Homemade Coffee Scrub

15 Uses For Coffee Grounds | Homemade Coffee Scrub

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I’m pretty amazed at all the things you can do with coffee grounds. I’m barely touching the surface here with my little list. There are some amazing ways to reuse or enhance life with these uses for coffee grounds.

15 Uses For Coffee Grounds

I drink a ton of coffee in my french press. I wrote a post about how to make coffee using the french press. I’m so passionate about it! Here’s Why!! The french press makes amazing coffee, and you don’t need electricity the make the coffee! You can use a grill burner, or make a fire and boil some water. It’s a great thing to have during a disaster!

  1. Keep slugs away from certain areas by spreading a barrier or line of grounds. They don’t like the acidity of coffee and they will stay away.
  2. Carrots and radish – Mix coffee grounds and the seeds together when planting. This can increase harvest, and help keep pests away.
  3. Coffee playdough – Yep you read that right. So with only a few ingredients, you can make some playdough using coffee grounds. Although, I am not sure what would happen to children if they ate this dough. The spent coffee ground still contains caffeine.
  4. Remove odor from hands – Rubbing coffee grounds on your hands can help remove odor from chopping onions, garlic, or fish, etc…
  5. Composting – You probably already know about this use for coffee grounds. Don’t add too much though, you need a good balance of green/brown items. Green items are like table scraps, (carrot peels, garlic paper, celery tops, coffee grounds, tea bags), brown items are sticks, leaves, pine needles and etc…

Where to Get Coffee?

With everything going on in the world today, undoubtedly it’s getting harder and harder to locate important items like coffee in the grocery store! However, I have a trick up my sleeve for you!

Also, I’m going to share how I have a backup of 20 lbs. of coffee to ensure that I have a long term supply of coffee to hopefully outlast these crazy times!

I buy my favorite coffee from Costco. However, if you don’t have a membership that’s okay! So, I just found out that you can buy it on Amazon! Heck yes!

This coffee is amazing. It’s dark, strong, and packed full of that perfect coffee flavor. This is my everyday coffee.

Check out the coffee I buy in bulk! Whole bean coffee will last longer than grounds. I like to keep a pretty hefty supply of coffee so I buy 10 lb. bags of whole beans for my long term food supply.

I pack them in mylar bags and I add desiccant packs to help keep the moisture down. Then, I store the mylar bags in 5 gallon food-grade buckets. The whole beans are for backup basically!

How To Dry Coffee Grounds For Crafts and DIY Projects

1st Method – Sun Drying

  1. Place a newspaper on a cookie sheet
  2. Spread spent coffee grounds out on a cookie sheet no more than 2-3 inches thick.
  3. Allow to dry in a sunny spot.
  4. Turn them daily, so the wet grounds can be exposed to the sun.
  5. Replace the newspaper if it gets substantially wet.
  6. Do this until all the grounds are dry. This may take a couple of days, however, it will depend on how thick and wet your coffee layers are.
  7. Bring back inside if it’s windy or rainy!

2nd Method – Oven Drying/Dehydrator

The downside to oven drying is that coffee grounds can burn easily. However, it does typically take less time to dry in the oven than it does in the sun.

For a dehydrator, you will want to follow the directions for your machine, however, they should be similar to oven directions.

  1. Preheat oven to 200ºF or lower if your oven will go lower.
  2. Spread the coffee grounds on a cookie sheet, no more than 2-3 inches thick.
  3. Every 30 minutes turn the grounds.
  4. Time will depend on how many grounds you have. Pull out the grounds once they are all dry, and let them cool.

Once the coffee grounds are dry once again, you can store them in an airtight jar for future use. If you ever see mold on your dried coffee grounds throw them out.

Either the jar isn’t airtight, or they weren’t completely dry before storing them. It’s also a good idea to add a desiccant pack to the jar to keep moisture levels low.

Leftovers in Garden - Uses For Leftover Coffee Grounds And Tea Leaves

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Uses For Coffee Grounds Around The Home And For Fun

I especially love these fun crafty ideas below. Like the candle, and painting. What fun ideas!

6. Fridge refresher – Instead of using baking soda place coffee grounds in a mason jar with an open lid.

7. Coffee candle – Make a candle with coffee grounds in it. I love the smell of coffee, so I love this idea!

8. Paint – That’s right, you can use coffee grounds to paint! Place your grounds in some water overnight. In the morning separate the grounds, and use the colored water and use it to paint!

9. Dark circles under eyes – I haven’t tried this. Maybe I should. Mom of four, yep I could use some help under the ol’ eye bags!

10. Hair – Massage coffee grounds onto the scalp. May help with damage, and dry scalp.

Benefits For The Body - Uses For Leftover Coffee Grounds And Tea Leaves

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11. “Salt” the walkways with coffee instead of using salt. Um, it doesn’t snow here but if it did my coffee consumption would increase by 400%. Pretty sure I could “salt” the entire driveway… 🙂

12. Air freshener – Coffee grounds can help absorb odor. Leave some out in an open container. With no harsh chemicals like most air fresheners have. Major plus!

13. No-Bake Energy Bites – These look so good!

14. Clean the fireplace – Use wet coffee ground to clean up the ashy mess. Just sprinkle the ashes in the fireplace (after it has completely cooled) and then sweep it out.

15. Make a coffee sugar scrub – great for exfoliating! Directions and more information below.

Coffee Scrub

The coarse texture of coffee grounds makes a wonderful exfoliant in this homemade scrub. Coffee grounds help remove dead skin cells leaving skin feeling soft and smooth.

Tips For Making Coffee Scrub

  • Use fine coffee grounds. Coarse grounds may be too harsh on the skin.
  • The best sugar to use in my opinion is rapadura. It’s naturally hydrating and less abrasive than other sugars.
  • I also suggest using virgin coconut oil since it’s made from fresh coconuts rather than dried. Furthermore, It has more antioxidants, it’s unrefined and it still has that delicious scent of coconuts.
  • If you have oily skin, it’s not suggested to use coconut oil on your skin. Since it’s a comedogenic (pore clogger). Basically, you don’t want to add more oil to your oily skin. You may want to use water instead.
  • You’ll want to use dry coffee grounds either fresh or leftover grounds that you’ve dried!

Disclaimer: This may not work on all skin types. If you have oily skin, oily acne, or sensitive skin, you may not want to use this scrub, especially on your face. Use this recipe on your skin at your own risk.

coffee scrub made from leftover coffee grounds

Homemade Coffee Scrub

Yield: 3/4 cup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $2

This coffee scrub smells absolutely delicious! It leaves skin smelling good and feeling soft!


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup rapadura sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried leftover coffee grounds or fresh coffee grounds
  • 1 tbps. ground cinnamon


  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Small Mason Jar


  1. Mix the coffee, sugar, and cinnamon together until well blended.
  2. Add in the Coconut oil and mix well.
  3. Rub the coffee scrub gently on your skin.
  4. Leave the scrub on for a few minutes and then rinse.

Don't use this in the shower, the oil will make it slippery. If you choose to use this on your face, don't get it in your eyes.


As always it's important to contact your doctor before putting anything on your skin. Since people have all different skin types, it's possible your skin won't like this scrub. Use it at your own risk.

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DIY Coffee Scrub - Uses For Leftover Coffee Grounds And Tea Leaves

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This coffee scrub recipe is amazing! It’s popular for its exfoliating abilities. It also may help reduce the appearance of cellulite. With the addition of coconut oil, it also makes a wonderful moisturizer.

To Store Coffee Scrub

Place in an airtight container, and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Refrigeration is necessary since wet coffee grounds tend to mold, especially when exposed to warmer temperatures. If you notice any mold in your coffee scrub, throw the whole mixture out!

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8 thoughts on “15 Uses For Coffee Grounds | Homemade Coffee Scrub”

  1. Hi,

    I am wondering if I use wet coffee grounds out of the coffee pot or dry(before coffee) for the exfoliating scrub?

    Many thanks!


      1. How are you drying your used coffee grounds? Do you just make your scrub the day you make coffee? Would the plastic canister (like Folgers) work to store used coffee grounds in the fridge?

  2. Hi Kristi!
    Thanks for the tips! I’ve been collecting empty gallon sized pickle jars to use as canisters, etc. I found it was almost impossible to deodorize the lids, until I thought of – coffee! After completely cleaning a jar and letting it dry, I put a little coffee in it, screw the lid on and turn it upside down. Let it stay like that for a few days and the coffee removes the smell from the lid! I use fresh, dry coffee grounds for it, but I’ll bet used grounds would work as well! It takes just a little.

    1. That’s such a wonderful idea! Why didn’t I think of that? Hah! I use my pickle jars to store my grits. They end up having a pickle taste and the kids love them, lol! I don’t know why but they are good. It’s so weird lol. I have a couple of pickle jars that need cleaning, so I will try your method. Thanks for the great tip, Sharon!

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