There is nothing better in the early morning hours than waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee! Sometimes it’s the only reason that I actually get up. If it wasn’t for the sweet aroma of coffee lingering up the stairs, I’d hit the snooze button over and over and pull a pillow over my head. But with the pot of coffee that I brew every day, I create a lot of coffee grounds that I just toss in the trash. This seems kind of wasteful, doesn’t it? So I did a little research about whether I could put these grounds to good use and I was shocked at what I found! There are so many amazing ways to reuse my coffee grounds around my house or RV, and even on my body! I think you’ll be amazed too at what I found! Gather your grounds and read on for so many great ways to put them to use!
A Fantastic Fertilizer
For all of you with a green thumb, put your coffee grounds to good use in your beloved garden. Grounds are a perfect fertilizer for acid-loving plants like hydrangeas, azaleas, roses, and rhododendrons. Mix the grounds with grass clippings and dead leaves to neutralize its acidity, then sprinkle around your flowers. The added nitrogen, potassium, and magnesium will help you grow blooms to brag about.
Give Your Compost A Jolt!
Add some grounds to your compost pile to help food degrade more quickly. Since they help stabilize the pH levels of the compost, food will break down quickly and evenly. The coffee scent also helps mask the unpleasant compost smell.
Trash Receptacle Deodorizer
Since trash cans are meant to hold trash, it’s no surprise that they don’t smell good! But that doesn’t mean that you have to live with a stinky can! Put some coffee grounds in old pantyhose, tie the end shut, and attach it to your trash receptacle so it can hang on the inside of it. The grounds will absorb the odors, much like baking soda does.
Sprinkle coffee grounds around the foundation of your home to keep ants and insects out! Or if you have a porch or patio and notice bugs sneaking in, put some grounds in a bowl and set them on a side table or in a corner on the floor (if you don’t have pets or small children) to repel them. The strong, bitter scent sends them in a different direction.
Give your outdoor plants a little help in warding off destructive pests like ants, snails, and slugs by sprinkling coffee grounds in the soil around them. If a neighborhood cat is loitering around in your garden, send him packing by adding dried orange peel to your coffee grounds for a scent he won’t be able to stand. See ya, Sylvester!
Grow Colossal Carrots
Use your grounds to grow crazy-big carrots! Mix your carrot seeds with some coffee grounds and then plant them in the ground. Just like the boost we get from caffeine, your carrots get the same jolt and sprout up larger than the ones that didn’t have their cup o’ joe. Bugs Bunny would be all over this coffee ground hack!
Freshen Up That Fridge
Loaded with meats, veggies, milk, and other foods that have expiration dates, refrigerators can start smelling a little funky. Your coffee grounds can attack the odors trapped in your fridge and suck them up like a vacuum. Instead of placing an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator, put coffee grounds in some cheese cloth and set it on a shelf. Before you know it that stale milk or onion smell will be gone!
Trash Can Deodorizer
Just like with your outdoor trash receptacle, use coffee grounds to freshen up your indoor trash can. Ours is in our pantry, and with the door shut most of the time, it gets a little ripe in there. Not anymore with this hack! Place some grounds in pantyhose in the bottom of the trash can and then put a clean, empty trash bag on top of it. It should absorb trash odors easily since it’s trapped underneath them.
Gritty Grime Scrubber
Nobody likes having to scrub baked-on food off of their pots and pans, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Last night’s casserole is this morning’s headache! To make the job a little easier, generously sprinkle some used coffee grounds on the dirty pots and pans and start scrubbing away at them with a sponge. The gritty texture of the grounds should help loosen the stuck-on food and have you hanging up your dishwashing gloves in record time.
Attack That Clog
If you notice that your sink isn’t draining as quickly as it used to, dump some grounds down into it to loosen minerals and gunk that might be backing it up. To do this, boil one cup of grounds in a pot of water and then pour it all down the drain. And if the drain has taken on an unpleasant smell, the grounds should help with that too.
Get Crafty with Coffee
Brown, gritty coffee grounds can be very versatile when it’s time to get crafty! They can easily take on the look of landscape features like dirt, twigs, and sand, and they can be used to create hair on a person or animal. Kids love the texture of it and it’s easy to glue on for a 3D effect. You can also use coffee grounds to create your own wonderful smelling paint! Soak grounds in water (the longer you steep, the darker your "paint" will be), then strain out the grounds, and grab a brush and some watercolor paper.
Exfoliate with Ease
Have you ever thought of slathering coffee grounds onto your body? If you haven’t, you’re not alone! But using grounds as an exfoliant is a great idea! Just combine them with a little coconut oil and brown sugar and you'll have an all-natural, homemade exfoliant that produces smooth, shiny skin. Work the scrub into areas that could use some exfoliating and gently wash off to reveal skin that glows and smells divine.
Cutting up onions and mincing garlic will leave your hands smelling bad! And the smell can linger for days, even with repeated (and enthusiastic) washing. To combat this, rub some coffee grounds on your wet hands and wash them as you typically would with soap. The grounds should absorb the odors and leave your hands odor free.
Foot odor happens. No one is immune. But that doesn’t mean you have to plug your nose and bear it! The next time your shoes start smelling like a locker room, sprinkle some coffee grounds in them and let them sit overnight. When you wake in the morning, you’ll wonder what happened to those foul-smelling shoes! Just tap the grounds out into a trash can and they should smell good as new (or close to it anyway).
Do you use your old coffee grounds in a way that we didn’t mention? Tell us about it in the comments and maybe you’ll inspire us to get creative with them!
Most, if not all, of these coffee ground hacks will work as well at home as when you're out camping in the great outdoors. Are your shoes a little sweaty and smelly from that long hike in the Rocky Mountains? Coffee grounds will soak up that stink. Does your Dutch oven have last night's stew stuck to it? Use coffee grounds to scrub it away! Do ants want to join your party inside your RV? Shoo them away by creating an impenetrable wall around your rig with this morning's coffee grounds. With so many awesome ways to use coffee grounds in the great outdoors, there's no reason to delay that fun summer adventure you've been dreaming of! Head over to Hamilton's RV in Saginaw, MI, for all of your RVing needs! With the largest selection of new and used RVs at the lowest prices, you can afford to splurge on that expensive coffee you've had your eye on!