9 Reasons Why You Should be Saving Your Used Coffee Grounds!

If you are in the habit of tossing out your used coffee grounds, then we have some evidence that may actually make you consider keeping them around! Did you know that your coveted java wasn’t just created to help you get through the day? It also works as a virtual cure-all, long after it is brewed.

Here are some of the best reasons why you may want to re-think chucking those grounds after your morning cup.

  1. They help your garden grow.

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    Sprinkling grounds around rose bushes expose your treasured flowers to essential nutrients. And, if you are a fan of composting, it’s good to know that the acidic properties found in coffee help speed up the process!

  2. They melt snow and ice.

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    Forget salt and sand—leftover grounds do just as good of a job at melting ice on freshly-shoveled walkways. Score!

  3. They banish cellulite.

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    Most economical gals out there have heard that coffee grounds are the secret component in effective DIY scrubs, but many don’t know that the ingredient can also help reduce cellulite!

  4. They scare away pests.

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    Insects, rodents, and even small animals like cats all hate the smell of coffee grounds. If you have creepy crawly pests around your backyard, then just sprinkle this eco-friendly remedy around the creatures’ favorite hangouts.

  5. They cut through grease.

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    Caked-on grease is absolutely no match for your used grounds. Simply dust the pan with coffee and allow a few minutes to absorb. Afterwards, you can use a scouring pad to remove the excess crud.

  6. They rid the fridge of foul odors.

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    A cup full of dried coffee grounds works similarly to baking soda in that it traps odors naturally. Leave in your fridge for 2 to 3 days for maximum results!

  7. They make a cheap, DIY air freshener.

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    These shabby chic inspired DIY air fresheners work to eliminate odors. And, best of all, they double as cute floral decorations for your sink—just add your favorite flower to the coffee ground mix!

  8. They clean your dusty fireplace.

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    Is cleaning your fireplace making you sneeze? If so, drop some wet coffee grounds onto the layer of ash before you get into the nitty-gritty. This will help clump the dust together, allowing the sweeping to be a virtually dust-free task.

  9. They work as natural stains for wood.

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    If you want to give your wood a more rustic look without all of the toxic chemicals, consider applying a cured, coffee-soaked piece of steel wool to the material. When left alone in a jar filled with grounds for a day or so, the wool will stain the wood lightly, giving it a weathered effect.

To learn even more ways you can use coffee grounds to save some money and simplify your life, be sure to read Shareably’s article here.

What do you think of re-using your coffee grounds? Have you tried any of these particular tips before? Do you have any others that you would like to add to the list? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!