If you’re a daily coffee drinker—by the potful or one K-cup at a time—you have leftover coffee grounds. Beyond tossing them in the trash can, there are some pretty amazing ways to put them to good use in the kitchen, garden, closet, for crafts, and even in your beauty routine.
Since coffee grounds are wet after brewing the coffee, you may need to spread them on a baking sheet to dry before using them for some of these hacks. The one place you should never put coffee grounds is down the kitchen sink or garbage disposal. Soggy grounds are heavy and can clog a sink very quickly. Check out these three hacks for using coffee grounds instead.
Remove Onion and Garlic Odors From Your Hands
Grab about one teaspoon of fresh or used coffee grounds to remove odors from hands after chopping onion and garlic. Dampen your hands and rub well with the coffee grounds and then rinse.
Freshen the Fridge
If you love the smell of coffee, use coffee grounds instead of baking soda to absorb odors in the refrigerator. Start with fresh, unbrewed grounds or completely dry used grounds. Find a container with a plastic lid and punch a few holes. The lid will help prevent a mess if the container gets knocked over. Add the grounds and place the container on a shelf in the fridge. Replace every month for maximum freshness.
Boost Your Compost Pile
Coffee grounds are a great addition to your compost pile because they help boost the nitrogen component that is needed to break down plant matter. They also help prevent the growth of some molds.
Once you have a nice, loamy pile of compost, add some earthworms for even quicker decomposition. They love the acidic quality of “coffee soil.”