How to Upcycle Used Coffee Grounds Into Multipurpose Natural Cleaners
Reusing old coffee grounds is a great way to reduce waste and make your own natural cleaners at home. Coffee grounds have gentle abrasive and odor-eliminating properties that make them handy for cleaning many surfaces. Here’s how to upcycle used coffee grounds into multipurpose natural cleaners.
Gathering Used Coffee Grounds
The first step is gathering enough used coffee grounds. Here are some tips:
Save grounds from your daily coffee brewing ritual. Let them dry completely before storage.
Ask at local coffee shops if you can take some of their used grounds. Many already compost their grounds but may set some aside for you.
Place a small bin in your office kitchen for people to collect used grounds if they drink coffee at work.
Check if any nearby coffee roasters or cafes will give you their used grounds. Roasters often have a lot of extra grounds to dispose of.
I like to store my used coffee grounds in sealed glass jars or resealable plastic bags. Aim to gather at least 2 cups of grounds to have enough to make the cleaners. Dried grounds keep for several months stored this way.
Making DIY Coffee Ground Cleaners
Here are some easy recipes to turn used coffee grounds into natural cleaning solutions:
All-Purpose Coffee Cleaner
This can be used to clean countertops, floors, appliances, and more.
- 2 cups used coffee grounds
- 1/4 cup white vinegar or lemon juice
- 2 cups warm water
- Mix the coffee grounds and vinegar together in a bowl. Add the warm water and stir well.
- Transfer the mixture to a jar or bottle. Make sure the container has a tight fitting lid.
- To use, dip a sponge or rag into the mixture and wring it out lightly. Scrub surfaces to clean them.
- Rinse with fresh water afterwards.
Coffee Scrubbing Powder
The coarser texture of this powder makes it great for scrubbing tougher messes.
- 2 cups used coffee grounds
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 10-15 drops essential oil (optional for fragrance)
- Spread the used coffee grounds out on a baking sheet. Let them fully dry if any moisture remains.
- Transfer the grounds to a bowl and mix in the baking soda. Add essential oil if desired.
- Store the powder in a jar with a shaker lid or another container with a sprinkle top.
- Sprinkle the powder onto surfaces and use a damp sponge or cloth to scrub.
Deodorizing Coffee Fridge Freshener
The absorptive nature of coffee grounds makes them ideal for soaking up funky smells.
- 1 cup used coffee grounds
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 5-10 drops essential oil in your favorite scent
- Mix together all the ingredients in a small bowl or container.
- Place the mixture in a open container or small sachet bag.
- Set the air freshener in the fridge, changing every 2 weeks.
Be sure to label your DIY cleaners if storing them in repurposed containers. Coffee ground cleaners are safe for everyday use but should be kept out of reach of pets and young children.
Benefits of Coffee Ground Cleaners
Upcycling your old coffee grounds into natural cleaners has many advantages:
Sustainable – Keeps grounds out of landfills and reduces waste.
Cheap – The ingredients are very budget-friendly.
Safe – Avoiding harsh chemicals is gentler for you, pets, and the environment.
Effective – Coffee’s texture scrubs well and neutralizes odors.
Customizable – Tailor with different essential oil scents.
As you can see, it’s easy being green by giving used coffee grounds a second life as homemade cleaners. Use them to replace or supplement store-bought products. Your wallet and the planet will thank you!