3 ways to use leftover coffee grounds

01 October, 2021 2 min read

At Jasper, we’re all about sustainability and finding ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. At our Highpoint, Chadstone and Prahan stores, all used grounds go to organic waste. You can read more about our sustainability policies here.

We’ve put together a list of three eco-friendly ways you can use your leftover coffee grounds to create a body scrub, help you in the garden and keep your space fresh.

 

Coffee scrub

Coffee grounds are the perfect ingredient for DIY scrubs, as their coarse texture helps remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, brighten the skin and promote circulation.

You only need a few household ingredients and you can customise the recipe to get a texture that works best for your skin.You can use older coffee grounds for scrubs, but fine, fresh grounds are better. Fresh grounds work best offering a finer texture and containing more antioxidants and caffeine than older grounds.

Keep your skin care ethical with grounds from our Fairtrade coffees range, which ensures growers are fairly compensated for their work. 

Remember before using any new product, to do a small patch to check for any adverse reactions!

 Coffee, Oat and Coconut Scrub 

This easy recipe uses oats to reduce inflammation, coconut oil as moisturiser and an optional dash of vanilla extract if you’re not keen on the coffee smell. Make sure to use fine grounds, to ensure it’s not too harsh on your skin 

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup coffee grounds 
  • Vanilla extract 
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats 
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil* 
  • 2 tbsp. Water 

Recipe 

  • Thoroughly Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl 
  • Place in an airtight jar of choice. Keep it in the fridge for a maximum of one week, to prevent mould. 

How to use 

Gently rub the mixture on your skin and then hop in the shower to thoroughly rinse off.  

 

Gardening   

Coffee grounds are nitrogen rich and filled with nutrients that are essential to plants, making them an excellent ingredient for fertiliser. They are specifically, a great slow-release fertiliser, with the nutrients gradually released as the coffee grounds break down into the soil.  

To use it as a fertiliser, simply sprinkle it lightly on your soil, or pop it into the compost heap to breakdown with other organic materials.  

For those using worms for composting, they very much enjoy coffee grounds so feel free to toss in a small amount into your compost bin. You can even add the paper filters! 

You can keep your plants pesticide free with grounds from our organic coffee range, which includes favourites Julietand Billy Dunne.

 

Cleaning  

Coffee grounds are a really versatile cleaning tool, with an incredible ability to remove bad smells and bring a little extra cleaning power to tough stains and grime on surfaces and dishes.  

Coffee grounds are fantastic for combatting strong smells, in places like bins, fridges and even shoes. If you’re combatting the after effects are rotting food in the fridge, grab a container, fill it with grounds and leave it in the fridge to absorb the smell. 

Coffee grounds abrasive texture make a fantastic, eco-friendly aid for removing stains and grime from dishes. Simply lightly spread them over a surface, grab a wash cloth and rub it to get the grit to remove the stains.  



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