Mums on a budget in need of a few extra money saving tips and tricks around the house may want to try using coffee grounds in new ways.

Once that pot of caffeinated goodness is finished brewing most people toss out the used coffee grounds. Why not save those grounds and use them to keep yourself looking beautiful, the house maintained and the garden the envy of the block.

1. Odour remover

Coffee grounds tend to absorb odours and also mask them. Any busy household will have a myriad of unpleasant odours you may want to be rid of right now. Sprinkle some used grounds inside a stinky garbage disposal. Or rub your hands with grounds after cutting onions or working with a strong smelling food.

2. Scented candles and soaps

Coffee roasters give beans such a wonderful rich scent that remains even in used grounds. Crafty ladies can create coffee flavoured soaps and candles to use or give as gifts. Plus, that coffee scented soap will help you wake up in the morning shower.

3. Fireplace cleaning aid

When it is time to clean the ashes out of the fireplace, keep them from flying up into the air with grounds. Just sprinkle the grounds right on top of the ashes before sweeping to help weight them down.

4. Furniture stain

The dark colour of coffee also makes for an excellent wood stain. Mix grounds, warm water and vinegar together in a 1:1:1 ratio. Allow it to sit for an hour to darken. Moisten a cloth with the stain and apply to wood surfaces or scratched spots. Let it sit for up to an hour and remove the excess with a clean cloth.

5. Start seeds

Coffee grounds make an excellent seed starter because they release nutrients, like nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, into the soil as they decay. Plant seedlings in a mix of grounds and good soil and keep moist. Once transplanted outside the grounds strong odour help keep insects away.

6. Garden Fertiliser

For the same reason as the previous tip, used coffee grounds also make a good fertiliser. They add plenty of nutrients, keep insects away and they are acidic, which many plants love. You will grow great tomatoes, blueberries, roses and hydrangeas. Worms also like to eat grounds which will ensure that the soil remains soft and loose as they move around.

7. Hair cleanser

Remove built up residue and improve shine with an equal mixture of coffee grounds and coconut oil treatment. The grounds act as a cleanser while the coconut oil moisturises. The cleanser may also help to darken blond hair. Massage it into the hair and skin, and then remove with an apple cider vinegar rinse.

Coffee provides a nice start to the day. It can also help you throughout the rest of the day as these garden and house cleaning tips show. Experiment with some of these ideas to see how they work.

Do you have any other uses for coffee grounds? Please share in the comments below.

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  • I dont have a coffee machine but interesting for those that do


  • Wish I had a garden again so I could use the grounds like I once did. I believe they are also good in your worm farm if you have one.


  • I use it as an exfoliating scrub.


  • Well I do love coffee!


  • I always have a scented candle burning. I will have it nearby and forget about the scent until I walk around a bit and the scent hits me. Always a lovely thing to have in a home


  • I have heard of using coffee grounds on the veggie garden to deter bugs etc. I’ve never actually tried it out to see if it works tho


  • Thanks for sharing these great tips and tricks, I didn’t know all the uses that coffee has around the house, home and even for you!.


  • Does this work with coffee pods as well? I always feel bad for creating so much waste with every coffee.


  • took note been putting them on my plants for while now but never knew so good for seedlings.Also as wood stain thank you


  • Not only can you recycle coffee, you can also re-cycle tea leaves. A friend of mine from work used to take them from the canteen and put them around his camelias.


  • I sprinkle coffee grounds around my plants in the veggie garden. It’s supposed to jeep the snails and slugs away


  • mmmmmmmmmmmm coffee


  • I just love coffee scented candles. I’ve just finished one in the house and need a new one!


  • Yes, I always have a bucket in my kitchen in which I collect my used coffee grounds, to be used again.


  • Wow! I did not know all tis about coffee which I have never been able to drink.


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