What To Do With Your Used Coffee Grounds

Vegan and cruelty-free brand UpCircle  make their products from by-products of the food & drinks and beauty industries.


Repurposed ingredients include apricot stones, olive stones, argan shells, chai spices and the by-product that started it all ­– leftover coffee grounds.

To celebrate the launch of UpCircle  products at Ecohuman (and because we hate to see things go to waste) we’ve come up with a list of weird and wonderful ways you can repurpose your leftover coffee grounds at home!

Don't worry, we're leaving the skincare recipes to the professionals!

In Your Kitchen

As a fridge deodoriser – put a small amount in a tub and keep in the fridge to help draw out any funky odours. When the odours start to return, simply brew a fresh mug of coffee and repeat. 

Scrubbing pots/pans and the hob – dip sponge into coffee grounds and help scrub away hardened on stains.

To wash off garlic smells from hands – keep a small tub by the sink and use with hand wash after chopping garlic. This also helps exfoliates hands and keep them nice and soft!

In baking – make another batch of coffee with the used grounds to add to chocolate cake and cookie recipes in replacement of water. The coffee will intensify the taste of the chocolate.

For iced coffee – make a second batch of coffee with used grounds and freeze. Use in your iced coffees instead of regular ice cubes!


In Your Livingroom

Help repair scuffs on wooden furniture – mix some coffee grounds with equal parts warm water and vinegar for a homemade stain. Apply a coat to scuffed area. If wood is light in colour, wipe off straight away and repeat if necessary. For darker wood, leave on for up to an hour before wiping off with a cloth.


In Your Garden

Homemade fertiliser – massage coffee grounds into your soil around your plants. As leftover coffee has a neutral pH it won't affect the acidity of your soil.

Insect repellent – burn coffee grounds to help keep the pests away. You can read more about it here.


There’s nothing better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning, and even better knowing there are so many ways to upcycle, recycle and reuse those coffee grounds.

If you have found other uses for your leftover coffee grounds we’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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