The goodness of grounds

October 25, 2011

I read recently that 68% of Americans drink a cup of coffee in the morning, and 28% of us have that cup of coffee within 15 minutes of waking up. I’m one of those gals who needs my cup of Joe sooner rather later first thing in the morning. How about you?

Coffee is one of my favorite simple pleasures. With as much as I drink, I end up with tons of leftover coffee grounds. Do you have any idea how useful coffee grounds are? Ridiculously useful! They make great fertilizer for my beloved rose bushes. Rubbing them on your hands can remove the scent of garlic and onions. (Yes, your hands will smell a bit like coffee, but that’s a much better scent than onion.)

There’s one company that even turns used coffee grounds into a firelog! OMGosh… think of how great that would smell on a cold winter’s night.

Coffee grounds can also be turned into a great beauty treatment. The course grounds make a great home remedy exfoliant for your entire body. Here’s an easy-peasy recipe I found on Live Strong.


  • 1 cup warm coffee grounds
  • ½ cup sugar or sea salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Before showering, rub the coffee ground exfoliant over all your skin, paying special attention to rough areas.
  3. Put a mesh strainer in your showers drain to catch any coffee grounds to prevent clogging.
  4. Jump in the shower and rinse off.

Not only will your skin have a dazzling silky soft glow, the caffeic acid in the grounds might actually stimulate collagen production, helping to keep your skin firm and healthy.

So girls, don’t dump those coffee grounds down the drain and waste all that goodness! Reuse them to make you or your roses more beautiful.  If you really get into it, try one of these 21 ideas to reuse coffee grounds.

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