6 Handy Household Uses for Extra Coffee Grounds

Have a little bit of extra coffee at the bottom of the can, but not quite enough to brew a pot? Don’t throw them out just yet! Coffee grounds have many helpful at-home applications: Grounds can be used for haircare, skincare, household repairs, and more. In addition to being tasty, they’re a cost-effective ingredient with wide-ranging and useful practical applications.

Test these six methods of using coffee grounds at home to save time, money, and aggravation.

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1. Face Mask

This face mask from Beauty Banter is a quick way to tighten skin and add life to a dull and tired complexion. Coffee is an ideal addition to your skincare routine, as its effects reduce inflammation and “tighten up” tired skin. Additionally, cocoa is an antioxidant-packed repairer of skin damage. This mask can be thrown together in 5 minutes using only ingredients from your pantry.


  • ½ cup ground coffee beans
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup whole milk

For dry skin

  • 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon of olive oil or almond oil

For oily skin

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl to create a paste. Apply mask to face and let sit for 20 minutes, until dry. Rinse with warm water.

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2. Exfoliating Body Scrub

The rough texture of coffee grounds makes them a great natural scrub. This body scrub from Pop Sugar will leave your skin soft, smooth, and hydrated. Additionally, coffee’s tightening properties — the result of its caffeine content — will reduce the visibility of cellulite.


  • 1 cup coffee grounds
  • ½ cup white or brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil

Directions: Mix ingredients thoroughly and apply to clean skin. Massage into body and rinse off with warm water. 

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3. DIY Facelift

According to Movoto, coffee grounds make for a simple at-home solution to dull or sagging skin, especially when used in tandem with nutrient-rich egg whites, which contain protein, potassium, riboflavin, and magnesium, among other beneficial nutrients. Afterwards, your skin will feel refreshed, light, and tightened-up in just minutes!


  • ¼ cup coffee grounds
  • 1 egg white

Directions: Mix ingredients. Spread this simple mixture over your face and let it sit until dry. Rub off the mask and rinse your face with warm water.

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4. Deodorizer

Coffee grounds are one of the simplest, cheapest, and most effective ways to deodorize your home, according to Reader’s Digest. Either use coffee grounds on their own or add a couple of drops of vanilla extract to give them an added note of sweetness. Place a bowl of the grounds in your fridge or freezer to neutralize odors and infuse your food storage with a tasty and pleasant scent.

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5. Hair Growth

Using fresh or brewed coffee grounds in your haircare routine can help reduce shedding and encourage healthy hair growth. With its high caffeine content, coffee makes a great stimulant. Simply wet your hair in the shower and scrunch a handful of gritty grounds into your hair. Let sit for a couple minutes, then rinse out and shampoo as normal. According to Organic Authority, lighter-haired coffee lovers should exercise caution in using this treatment: Coffee has been known to have a darkening effect on users’ tresses.

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6. Remove Furniture Scuffs

Wet some coffee grounds (used or unused) and dip a Q-tip into them. Apply the wet grounds to a scratched piece of furniture. The dark grounds will help reduce the visibility of the furniture damage. Continue applying to best match the tone of your furniture. This tip from Instructables is a quick, budget-friendly fix for unsightly furniture damage.

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