I have a fascination…
… with finding ways to save common everyday “cast-offs” from ending up in the trash.
Even though we don’t drink a ton of coffee here on the homestead, we still end up with plenty of extra grounds, and I always hate tossing them in the trash.
Come to find out, coffee grounds are pretty amazing! If you aren’t a coffee drinker yourself but would still like to try some of these projects, visit local coffee shops and ask for their spent grounds.
15 Creative Uses Coffee Grounds
(Note: these ideas are all meant to be done with used coffee grounds)
1. Mix them into your compost pile
The simplest way to put spent coffee grounds to good use? Toss them in your compost pile to give it an added boost of nitrogen.
2. Use them as plant food
Coffee grounds are acidic, which makes them a great soil amendment for blueberries, roses, hydrangeas, and other acid-loving plants.
3. Grow ‘shrooms
People love coffee and mushrooms love coffee. Who woulda thought? Give your mushroom growing operation a boost by mixing coffee grounds into the growing medium.
4. Give your worms a buzz
OK, not really… But worms do appreciate coffee grounds–and they actually need gritty substances (such as coffee grounds) in their diet to aid in the digestive process.
5. Deter the creepy-crawlies
Sprinkle coffee grounds in areas where you would like to repel ants, snails, or slugs.
6. Cook with coffee grounds
Use coffee grounds as a meat rub or mix a bit into your next marinade concoction.