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How to Store Used Coffee Grounds

By Elizabeth Arnold ; Updated July 21, 2017
Save used coffee grounds to use in your garden.
Ground Coffee image by Steven Newell from Fotolia.com

Get the most out of your expensive coffee by saving the used grounds to use as mulch or to build an eco-friendly garbage compost. Use the grounds to add nutrients to the soil as well as naturally repel garden pests such as slugs and snails. You can also hang a handmade sachet featuring dried used grounds in a closet to absorb odors. Get creative by looking for other ways to put used coffee grounds to work around your home. If you have a lot of used grounds, store them properly until they’re needed.

Place the used coffee grounds in an air-tight plastic or metal container, such as an empty coffee can or small plastic storage bin.

Store the used grounds in a refrigerator. Avoid storing the grounds at room temperature as they may get moldy.

Freeze the used coffee grounds in the air-tight metal or plastic container if you have a lot and don't plan on using them right away.


About the Author


Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.