If you are a regular coffee drinker, you must’ve struggled with this question. How to dispose of coffee grounds can be tricky because if you dump the grounds in your kitchen sink, they might clog your sink and you might end up seeking professional help from a plumber. So this rules out the possibility of draining your coffee grounds down the sink, then what should you do?
In this post, we’ll discuss some of the best ways you can use to dispose of coffee grounds. After reading this post, you’ll never treat your used coffee grounds as any other waste. We’ll also take a look at how to treat various types of grounds (wet and dry), and elaborate on the disposal methods for French Press and reusable filters.
After brewing your favorite cup of Joe, it’s natural when you wonder what to do with your spent coffee grounds, as a coffee lover, it pains to see them going to waste in the garbage. Believe it or not, there are many different ways to recycle your coffee grounds or even dispose of them in a way that derives maximum benefit from them before doing away with them permanently.
How To Dispose Of Wet Coffee Grounds?
The most obvious answer would be to “throw it in your garbage bag” but that wouldn’t do any good to anyone, would it? In some countries, garbage bags are paper-made instead of polythene so even if your grounds are slightly wet and find their way to the bottom of the garbage bag, it’ll start leaking and even bust the bag open creating a huge mess for you.
If you are using polythene, even then you should try some of the recycling methods elaborated below before dumping them.
You can spread it out on your kitchen counter or a paper towel, let it dry and then use it to fertilize your plants or garden. If you don’t own one, maybe find someone who does and gift them the grounds, it’s better than wasting them altogether.
Coffee Grounds Disposal Container
Believe it or not, there are special coffee grounds disposal containers available in the market. These are great for coffee enthusiasts. They don’t take up too much space on your kitchen counter either.
You could throw the coffee grounds in the garbage like any other non-hazardous waste material but it’s always better to give it a professional touch.
I don’t have any specific recommendations for you regarding coffee grounds disposal containers; however, you can easily find them online or in your nearest supermarket.
How To Dispose Of Coffee Grounds From French Press
If you are using a French press to brew your coffee, you should ideally use the grounds only once. You could re-use the grounds if you consider them worth using again, however, the taste would be different and it just wouldn’t work well for a coffee enthusiast.
As far as disposing of the coffee grounds from the French press is concerned, you can pour some water into the French press and give it a gentle swirl to make sure all the grounds in the French press make it into the swirling water.
Empty the French press either on a tissue or directly into the garbage. Never dispose of the grounds from the French press directly into the kitchen sink to avoid clogging your drainage system.
How To Dispose Of Coffee Grounds From A Reusable Filter
Reusable coffee filters can develop mold inside if not deep cleaned every now and then. Most people forget to clean their reusable filters and find used coffee grounds or mold making their way to their cups. It’s a big turn-off for any coffee lover.
If you have been cleaning it with just water, it won’t work. The coffee grounds are sticky creatures and would either require vinegar or baking soda to come off of the filter.
You should avoid cleaning your reusable filter with vinegar if it’s made from a material that doesn’t mix well with it. It could cause damage to the exterior of the filter and spoil its looks for good.
Look For The Compostable Food Waste
Throwing the coffee grounds in the compost heap is a great way of disposing of them. Mainly because it doesn’t clog anything and nor does it smell awful once disposed of.
Alternate Uses Of Coffee Grounds
There are several ways you can use coffee grounds instead of disposing of them. Let’s have a look at a few below:
Used coffee grounds are excellent fertilizers. If you have your own garden, you should pour them right into it without worrying about your garden’s well-being. If you don’t own one, you could always gift it to someone you know who owns a garden (This was elaborated on above as well).
Coffee Face Mask
You can make a coffee mask for your face for rejuvenating and tightening effects on your skin. Coffee is best for oily to combination skin.
With these simple tips below, you can make it easily in 5 min.
- Take a grounded coffee and mix it with some honey and aloe Vera gel to make its consistency enough for application.
- Apply it to your cleansed face and leave it for 10-15 minutes and you’ll feel the tightness in your skin and minimize pores like never before. Its best for all skin types because of the honey in it but most preferably for oily to combination skin.
- Use some moisturizing serum or good moisturizer afterward to make the results last longer.
You can use this face mask once or twice per week.
Coffee Body Scrub
The coffee body scrub is another DIY product that you can prepare at home with ease. Make sure you use it before waxing or shaving your body. Here’s a quick guide on how to prepare it at home:
- Take the coffee grounds and mix them with white or brown sugar.
- Add some honey and olive oil to the mixture.
- Pour over some water or Aloe Vera gel to make the right consistency for ease of application.
- Wet your skin and apply a walnut-sized amount (enough for one arm) and rub it thoroughly.
- Rinse it off with clean and cold water.
- You can store this scrub in an airtight jar for a week in a refrigerator and use it later.
Again, for longer results, it’s best to use a moisturizer afterward. You can repeat this process once or twice a week for the best results.
That was all about how to dispose of coffee grounds. Instead of doing away with the grounds, it’s best to utilize them for alternate purposes as mentioned above. Do you have any better ideas about disposing of coffee grounds? Let me know in the comments section below and I’ll update my post.
Have a great day!