After every coffee brewing, coffee grounds are left over – and usually end up in the trash. We reveal what else you can do with them. The coffee grounds that are left over after brewing coffee in the morning end up in the trash in most households. But the granular powder is a real multi-talent! We tell you 5 ingenious ideas, how you can use the coffee grounds further.

  1. Coffee grounds as a natural fertilizer for plants

Coffee grounds are rich in nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, which are important for plant growth. That’s why it’s ideal as a natural (and practically free!) fertilizer for your plants. Simply mix the coffee grounds with soil or sprinkle them directly around your plants. It will slowly decompose, releasing nutrients that will improve the quality of the soil and help your plants grow.

Tip: Coffee grounds can become moldy. So be sure not to over water your plant so that the top layer of soil is not permanently moist.

  1. Coffee grounds against odors in the refrigerator

Coffee grounds can effectively neutralize unpleasant odors in the refrigerator. To do this, fill a small bowl or container with dry coffee grounds and place it in the refrigerator. The coffee grounds will absorb musty odors without smelling too overpowering.

Tip: Don’t forget to replace the coffee grounds regularly for best results.

  1. Natural body scrub from coffee grounds

Leftover coffee grounds are also suitable for body scrubs. The fine grains are ideal for a natural, gentle scrub. Mix the coffee grounds with a little olive oil or coconut oil until you have a smooth paste. It should be thin enough to spread easily on the skin, but thick enough not to run directly in your hand.

Then massage the scrub into damp skin in gentle, circular motions and rinse everything off thoroughly afterwards. The scrub removes dead skin cells and leaves your skin soft and refreshed. By the way, the coffee scent spreads a pleasant aroma in the bathroom.

  1. Coffee grounds as protection against animals

Coffee grounds can also help you keep away unwanted insects like ants and snails or even cats. Sprinkle coffee grounds around plant beds or in areas where you want to keep animals away. The strong smell of coffee acts as a natural deterrent. The rule here is to sprinkle every now and then to maintain the effect.

  1. Face mask from coffee grounds

Not only in the form of a scrub coffee grounds do your skin good. It is also ideal for a homemade face mask. Just mix it with some natural yogurt to make a paste. If you have tea tree oil at home, add 1-2 drops of it as well. Apply the mask to your cleansed face and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes. The coffee grounds mask can help reduce impurities and improve skin texture.

As you can see, there are many ways to put coffee grounds to good use. Before you throw your coffee grounds in the trash next time, try one of them!