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Article: 10 tips to use your coffee grounds wisely

10 Tipps, um Deinen Kaffeesatz sinnvoll zu nutzen

10 tips to use your coffee grounds wisely

The coffee grounds contain a variety of antioxidants that offer protection against free radicals. Free radicals are very aggressive and attack our cells. This can change our cell structure or, in the worst case, damage our cell function or DNA. The coffee grounds are full of effective ingredients and are therefore far too valuable to end up in the trash. Using coffee grounds saves money and protects the environment. But what exactly can be done with the coffee grounds?

Cellulite peeling with coffee grounds

It is said that caffeine stimulates blood circulation and has a diuretic effect. With a body peeling, this is intended to tighten the connective tissue, gently remove skin flakes and stimulate cell renewal.


  1. Mix the coffee brew with a little vegetable oil
  2. Apply the peeling to your body in circular movements
  3. Let the coffee peeling work on your skin for about 20 minutes
  4. Wash the peeling off in the shower and then lightly pat your skin. This means that parts of the oil can continue to nourish and absorb your skin

Coffee grounds as a hair treatment

The coffee hair treatment gives your hair shine, body and strength. The caffeine in the treatment promotes blood circulation in the scalp, which stimulates the hair roots and ultimately leads to hair growth.

And this is how it works:

Application of the coffee treatment

15 minutes

1. Mix ingredients

Mix about 3-4 tablespoons of coffee grounds with water to form a paste

2. Distribute treatment through hair

Apply the mixture to your hair. Also massage your scalp with the hair treatment so that the caffeine reaches the hair roots

3. Exposure time and effectiveness

Let the treatment work for at least 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Regular use is recommended as the caffeine is broken down quickly. Regular use increases the effectiveness of caffeine

Tip: Only use the coffee hair treatment on dark hair, otherwise discoloration could occur.

Coffee grounds as fertilizer in the garden

Coffee grounds contain nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus and can therefore be used as fertilizer for many plants. Since coffee brew is slightly acidic, it is ideal for plants that require acidic soil. These include hydrangeas and rhododendrons, but coffee grounds fertilizer is also well suited for natural plants such as cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, blueberries and strawberries.

Attention: Due to the tannic acid, not all plants like the coffee fertilizer. These include, for example, carrots, potatoes, garlic, asparagus, grapes, raspberries and elderberries.

The coffee brew should always be cooled and dry so that the root ball does not become moldy. To do this, place it in an open container to air dry

Interesting to know: Many snails don't like caffeine and can therefore be kept away from vegetable beds using coffee fertilizer.

Coffee grounds make scratches in wood disappear

The rest of the brewed coffee powder can also be reused in the household, as it can repair light scratches in dark wooden furniture.


  1. Moisten the coffee brew a little
  2. Apply it to the affected area with a cotton swab
  3. The coffee brew fills the scratch on the wooden furniture and the oils it contains closes it

Remove unpleasant rumors with coffee grounds

The coffee grounds can remove unpleasant rumors because they have the ability to absorb foreign smells.

Neutralize cheese smells from the refrigerator

Cheese smells from the refrigerator can be removed using the coffee grounds.

This is how it works:

Put the fresh coffee grounds in a bowl and then put it in the fridge for one night. The surface of the coffee grounds absorbs the odor molecules and thereby neutralizes the smell.

Get rid of onion smell on hands

To get rid of the smell of onions on your hands, you can rub your hands with coffee grounds and then rinse them with water.

Coffee powder makes the smell of sweat disappear in your shoes

Simply sprinkle the dry coffee powder into your shoes overnight. The next morning the shoes smell neutral.

Coffee grounds as a means of taxation

Who doesn't know him? The stubborn dirt on the grill or the burnt pan. The coffee grounds act like scouring milk - with the decisive advantage: without harmful chemicals. Deposits in vases can also be removed with hot water and two spoons of coffee grounds.

Coffee grounds as a miracle cure for wasps and mosquitoes

Mosquitoes and wasps are not welcome - whether on a summer evening while barbecuing or relaxing on the terrace. The knowledge that mosquitoes and wasps don't like the smell of coffee makes summer evenings more bearable. Unfortunately, simply sprinkling coffee doesn't help to get rid of them.

To get rid of the insects, you should light the dry coffee grounds in a fireproof bowl. The rising smell is perceived as unpleasant for the insects. People, on the other hand, only perceive the smell faintly or even find it pleasant.

Coffee grounds reduce dark circles under the eyes

Anyone who has ever slept badly and has to leave the house early knows it: dark circles under the eyes. But if you know how to use your coffee grounds, you are less likely to have problems with it, because the caffeine it contains promotes blood circulation. To do this, apply the coffee base under your eyes and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. The caffeine constricts the blood vessels and removes fluid from the swelling.

Here you can find more tips against dark circles under the eyes.

Lip peeling

In summer and winter, care for our lips is essential. Coffee brew contains oils that have an antibacterial effect and promote blood circulation in the lips, making them appear fuller.

Recipe for the lip peeling:

  1. 1 tsp coffee grounds
  2. 1 tsp baking soda (as an alternative you can also use twitching)
  3. 1 tsp coconut oil

Mix the three ingredients together in a bowl, massage the peeling into the lips for 2-3 minutes and remove the peeling residue with warm water.

Use the product once a week and dry lips will be a thing of the past.

Drain the chimney with coffee brew

With this tip you use the coffee brew when it is warm and moist. Sprinkle the grounds on the ashes before you remove them from the fireplace. The coffee grounds can bind the dust and ash, which makes emptying the chimney much easier as no dust is stirred up.

Conclusion: Coffee grounds don't belong in the trash

Coffee grounds are too good to throw in the trash. So the next time you find a portion of coffee grounds in the filter, you now have a few uses for them. It's a real all-rounder and you're doing something good for the environment and your wallet.

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