Top 4 Things to Do with Your Used Coffee Grounds at Home

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Drinking coffee is an essential part of the morning for most coffee addicts. If you are like me who likes her coffee brewed, you know that you can no longer make more coffee out of already used grounds. Have you ever wondered how these leftovers can be recycled? There are actually fun and creative ways to give them a new life! Below are four things you can do to reuse leftover coffee grounds at home and even save some money.

Coffee Scrub Soap

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Coffee scented Soap

When soap becomes too small to lather, you either forcibly combine it with a new soap or just let it dissolve down the drain. You might also have a stash of hotel soaps that you never really get to use. Save those from now on and turn them into a new scrub soap with a nice coffee scent! Simply follow the steps below.

  1. 1. Gather your leftover soaps at home and chop them up into smaller pieces or use a cheese grater to turn them into little flakes.
  2. 2. Use a bain-marie or a makeshift one with two pots to melt the bits. Simmer some water on the lower pot before pouring in the soap on the upper pot, making sure not to use direct heat as this will burn the soap.
  3. 3. You may pour a few tablespoons of water on the soap to help it melt faster. Just keep in mind that the more water you add, the longer it will take to cure or dry later on.
  4. 4. Once it becomes mushy, go ahead and mix in your used coffee grounds–just enough that the soap can keep it all together.
  5. 5. After getting a good consistency, transfer the mixture into a mold and allow it to dry for at least a day.

Remove the hardened mixture from the mold, and viola! Now you can exfoliate your skin, smell amazing, and save some bucks with your new bar of coffee scrub soap.

Coffee-Scented Candle

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Coffee scented Candle

Don’t you miss working or chilling inside your favorite coffee shop? If you wish to recreate the cafe feel and scent in your own home, this next recipe is perfect for you. Spice up your unused and leftover candles by doing the following easy steps:

  1. 1. Pull out the metal weight below your candle where the wick is attached.
  2. 2. Chop the candle wax into smaller pieces and put the bits inside a heat-proof container such as a glass beaker.
  3. 3. Boil some water into a pan and when it boils, bring down the heat. Place the beaker on the pan, making sure that the water doesn’t touch the candle as they don’t mix well.
  4. 4.While waiting for it to melt, place the metal weight inside the middle of a shot glass, old jar, or any container for your new candle. 5. Be sure to clip the wick in place to keep it from going sideways when you pour in the wax later.
  5. 6. Once the wax turns clear and liquid, pour a small amount into your container. Add layers of coffee grounds after layers of wax instead of just mixing it all together to prevent the grounds from settling at the bottom.
  6. 7. Top the candle with a final layer of wax and wait for it to dry before removing the clip holding the wick.=

And just like that, you have yourself a coffee-scented candle that you can use to relax, decorate, or even give as a lovely present to someone special.

Coffee Face Mask

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Who doesn’t love a healthy clear skin? Amp up your skincare routine with a coffee face mask! Below is an easy mask recipe that you can make every night before sleeping to clean your skin and leave it feeling soft.

  1. 1. You will be needing bentonite clay, the one used in the all-famous Aztec clay, and pour 2 tablespoons of this into a bowl. Be sure to use plastic, wooden, or ceramic tools when dealing with this clay and not metal ones or else it will deactivate its healing properties.
  2. 2. Add in 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and about half a teaspoon of water (or depending on your desired mask thickness) into the bowl.
  3. 3. Mix everything up and once you get a muddy texture, it’s ready to use!

The coffee grounds in the mixture will clear out your dirty dead skin and oil that clog your pores. You may use this for your very own facial at home or even put it in your hair and the rest of your body.

Organic Coffee Compost

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To all the plantitos and plantitas out there, this one’s for you. Coffee is a good nitrogen fixer which is perfect for acid-loving plants. Below are steps on how you can create compost out of things you most probably already have at home.

  1. 1. You’ll be needing a lot of organic material like weeds, trimmed vines, dried leaves and sticks. Put one layer of these in a plant pot.
  2. 2. Get a handful of used coffee grounds and sprinkle them in.
  3. 3. Once you’ve got a layer of coffee grounds, add a layer of food scraps–the ones that accumulate in your juicers and what not.
  4. 4. Add another layer of organic material, another layer of food scraps, and then add in the rest of your coffee grounds.
  5. 5. After 2 weeks to a month (or until it completely breaks down), you would have had a ready to use soil for gardening.

Another plus about this is that coffee acts like a deodorizer, so it absorbs the smell of the rotting fruits, vegetables, and plants. It can also attract worms, which is healthy for your soil. All these benefits you will get and you didn’t even shell out a single cent!


Now more than ever, it is important to be mindful of our waste and adapt a sustainable lifestyle. Remember that leftover coffee grounds can still be useful in so many ways, so don’t throw them away just yet and get creative!

If you want to learn more tips and tricks about coffee, you should definitely check out Breville Philippines, a premium home brand. This month, they are celebrating their 10th year in the industry with a virtual Coffee Festival. Learn more about this when you visit Breville Philippines’ Official Event Page, Facebook, or Instagram.

1 Comment

  • Jyotsna Ramani September 17, 2020 at 5:11 am Reply

    OMG Absolutely love this post Karla! coffee makes my day and I never knew I could do anything with the used beans – so damn cool xoxo

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