Make Your Grounds Go Further

In 2011, U.S. coffee-drinkers consumed more than 2.9 billion pounds of coffee. That's a lot of grounds!

Did you know that all those used coffee grounds can help your garden flourish and your home sparkle?

  • Caffeine is a natural pesticide. Sprinkle used, dry grounds as a barrier around spring bulbs to keep slugs and snails away.
  • Earthworms love coffee! Adding coffee grounds to your garden soil attracts worms to aerate and enrich it.
  • Used coffee grounds are high in nitrogen, calcium and magnesium. Mix dried grounds into your garden soil to replenish it for fast-growing plants like tomatoes.
  • Coffee grounds release nitrogen quickly. Add them to your compost pile to speed decomposition.
  • Roasted coffee beans and grounds absorb odors. Leave dried grounds in an open bowl to deodorize your refrigerator or kitchen after cooking. Or, tie them in a cloth bag or stocking and place them in your shoes to absorb odors.
  • Coffee grounds make a great abrasive. Scrub stains out of surfaces using your dried, used grounds.


Don't brew your own coffee? You can still make a difference! Ask your local coffee shop if they give away their used grounds. Many shops already have them bagged up and ready to go.