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5 Ways to Recycle Coffee Grounds at Home

Brewing coffee only uses about 1% of the coffee grounds' properties. So why would you throw your spent coffee grounds out? To help you challenge your waste management practices at home, here are 5 easy ways you can extend the lifespan of spent coffee grounds.


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1 - Natural Odor Absorbent


This first tip is probably one of the most widely known grandma tricks. Coffee grounds are a natural odor absorbent. To leverage their power, you can simply put your spent coffee grounds in a container and place it in your fridge, your freezer, or even in your wardrobe. The used grounds will absorb all odors, leaving your fridge, freezer or wardrobe smelling fresh and clean.


2 - Shampoo Upgrade


You might have heard about the effect of coffee on hair. If you have brown or dark coloured hair - or that you just don't mind coffee's potential colouring effect -, you can upgrade your shampoo by adding a spoonful of spent coffee grounds in it. Be warned, this can be a bit messy, but coffee with help remove dead skin from your scalp as well as other residues from pollution stuck in your hair.


Our homemade Spent Coffee Grounds Body Scrub


3 - DIY Body Scrub with Spent Coffee Grounds


A little bit of self-care never hurts in this world of brutes, so why not turn your spent coffee grounds into a homemade body scrub? In that way, you'll benefit from coffee's great skin properties (Hello antioxidants and vitamin E!). We've shared with you our own secret recipe requiring only 4 ingredients for a super skin smoothing scrub.


4 - Tenderize Meat


Yes, you read that correctly. Spent coffee grounds can be used to tenderize meat. Bonus, rubbing your steak or pork chop with spent coffee grounds will give the meat a smoky flavour. Many recipes exist on the internet, including this mouth-watering coffee rubbed pork roast.


5 - Washing-up Product


If you are the type that loves cooking and experimenting, you probably loved our previous type you might end up with filthy dishes, and if you're not that good at it, sometimes even with burnt food stuck in the bottom of your saucepans. The good news is that spent coffee grounds do an amazing job at cleaning dishes and have a degreasing and odor neutralising effect. To use it, simply use the coffee grounds as you'd use washing-up liquid.




We hope these 5 easy ways to recycle spent coffee grounds at home inspired you to rethink your approach to what is traditionally considered as waste. Have you thought about other ways to reduce your environmental impact? Share your tips with us below.


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