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Useful hacks to repurpose old coffee beans 

Here are five ways to get the best out of your used coffee grounds:


Coffee grounds are full of plant-loving nutrients such as nitrogen, iron and calcium. Sprinkle used grounds over your flower beds or pot plants before watering. The increased nutrients will also attract earthworms, which contribute to soil stability, aeration and drainage. 

Bug repellent 

In conjunction with fertilising soil, the acidity in coffee grounds also acts as a deterrent for bugs and snails, protecting your leafy greens from becoming snacks. 

Body scrub and soap 

Coffee granules are perfect for exfoliation, which leaves your skin feeling smooth and nourished. To make a body scrub at home, you’ll need: 

  • 1 cup used coffee granules, dried in the oven at 180°C for 10-15 minutes. (Drying out the used coffee grounds will prevent the leftover moisture turning into mould).
  • 1 cup treacle sugar or dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2-4 drops essential oil of choice: bergamot, vanilla, cinnamon or rose geranium (optional). Combine ingredients and store in an airtight container or jar. Use within 3 weeks.

Remove tough dirt 

Due to the rough texture of coffee grounds, they can act as a wonderful scourer for pots with burnt or stubborn particles. Use 1 Tbsp of coffee grounds to work the dirt away, making sure to dispose of them in your compost or bin afterwards, as too many coffee granules can contribute towards a clogged sink. 

Neutralise bad odours 

Ever tested out perfume at the shops? You’ve most likely seen a small bowl of coffee beans next to the bottles. Coffee acts as a scent neutraliser, removing the lingering smell on our nose and allowing for easy testing of the next fragrance. You can also place a jar of coffee grounds in your kitchen to neutralise the smell of the room. 


Words by: Sjaan Van Der Ploeg
Photographs: Getty Images, Fresh Living Magazine 

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