5 Surprising Ways to Use Coffee Grounds Around the House

Brewing coffee is one of life's greatest, simplest pleasures. Dealing with the leftover coffee grounds, though? Less than ideal.

Because of their gritty texture, used coffee grounds make for a perfect DIY cleaning scrub for scouring anything from pots and pans to your stovetop.

Coffee grounds have a natural ability to absorb odors, whether that's in your refrigerator, freezer, shoes, or trash can.

You don't need to spend a ton of money for a fancy body scrub—used coffee grounds (alongside some honey or coconut oil) work in a pinch.

To use coffee grounds as a furniture scratch repair tool, mix them with a bit of water until it creates a paste and use it to mask scratches on dark wood furniture.

Prevent your garden from becoming an all-you-can-eat cafeteria for pests by spreading coffee grounds throughout. "The strong scent and texture deter pests from approaching," says Toner.

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