“Recycling Used Coffee Filters into Homemade Scrubs”

“Recycling Used Coffee Filters into Homemade Scrubs”

Recycling Used Coffee Filters into Homemade Scrubs


As an avid coffee drinker, I go through a lot of coffee filters. Rather than just throwing them away, I’ve found some great uses for these used filters around my home. One of my favorite recycling projects is turning used coffee filters into homemade body and facial scrubs. These scrubs are gentle, all-natural, and make use of something that would otherwise go to waste.

Benefits of Coffee Filter Scrubs

There are a few key benefits to reusing coffee filters as scrubs:

  • Sustainable – Giving used filters a second life keeps them out of landfills. This simple upcycling project is an easy way to reduce waste.

  • Exfoliating – The texture of the coffee filters makes them an ideal exfoliant. They provide gentle scrubbing power to slough off dead skin cells.

  • Softening – Used coffee filters contain residual coffee oil. This helps moisturize and soften skin as you exfoliate.

  • Customizable – You can tweak these scrubs with different oils, salts, herbs, etc. to create the perfect blend for your skin type.

  • Thrifty – Repurposing used filters means the main ingredient in these scrubs is free!

How to Make Coffee Filter Scrubs

Making your own scrub is simple:


  • Used coffee filters
  • Carrier oil (olive, coconut, almond, etc.)
  • Exfoliant (salt, sugar, coffee grounds, oats, etc.)
  • Essential oils or herbs (optional)


  1. Remove any coffee grounds from used filters. Rip filters into small pieces.

  2. Add torn filters to a bowl. For every 1 cup of filter pieces, add 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup exfoliant.

  3. Mix in 5-10 drops essential oil if desired. Stir ingredients together.

  4. Transfer scrub to an airtight container. Use within 2-3 weeks.

Tip: Soak used filters in water first to soften and remove excess coffee oils if your skin is sensitive.

DIY Coffee Filter Scrub Recipes

Once you get the basic technique down, the possibilities are endless! Here are a few of my favorite scrub recipes to try:

Brown Sugar Vanilla Scrub


  • 1 cup used coffee filters
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 drops vanilla essential oil

This scrub smells like dessert! The brown sugar provides gentle exfoliation while the olive oil softens skin.

Lemon Mint Scrub


  • 1 cup used coffee filters
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/4 cup coarse sea salt
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil

The vitamin E in almond oil makes this a nourishing scrub. The lemon and peppermint oils provide an invigorating scent.

Oatmeal & Honey Scrub


  • 1 cup used coffee filters
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp honey

Oats polished away dead skin cells while honey helps hydrate. Coconut oil moisturizes without clogging pores.

Tips for Using Coffee Filter Scrubs

Here are a few tips to get the most out of your homemade coffee filter scrubs:

  • Use scrubs 2-3 times per week in the shower for smooth, glowing skin.

  • Focus on rough spots like elbows, knees, and heels. Use gentle circular motions.

  • Rinse skin thoroughly after scrubbing to remove any excess oil.

  • Follow with moisturizer while skin is still damp to seal in hydration.

  • Store scrub in the fridge between uses to prevent the oils from going rancid.

  • Adjust ingredient ratios based on your skin type. Dry skin may need more oil.

The Takeaway

Recycling used coffee filters into scrubs is a fun DIY project with lots of skin benefits. These natural scrubs exfoliate, soften, and moisturize without harsh chemicals. Customize your own creation or try one of my favorite recipes. This easy upcycle helps reduce waste while giving your skin a refreshing glow.