Wondering how to recycle used coffee grounds? We have the answer!
Editor’s Note: Since this story was published, we’ve received several comments confirming that continued placement of coffee grounds in your sink will ultimately result in potentially serious drain clogs. Assess your risk and, if you choose to follow Madisyn’s lead, please be advised to make and use these bombs sparingly. Thank you. XO
Our kitchen is the place we gather. Around the table with silly stories and best friends. Don’t let a funky odor from your garbage disposal spoil the fun. Fruits and veggies from late summer into fall are my favorite, but also tend to be the ones that can be the most pungent when processed through the sink disposal. With the season ahead full of entertaining and cooking, I’ve been trying to prepare some life-hack tips to be the hostess with the mostest. Used coffee ground bombs are the best way I’ve been able to achieve a cleaner, fresher sink so far, leaving a yummy smell that lingers. It’s also a great way to reuse the used ground coffee that typically ends up in my trashcan!
1 cup dry used coffee grounds
½ cup epsom salt or sea salt (I tried to use ingredients that were in my pantry, so I gave sea salt a whirl. It worked just as well!)
½ cup baking soda
3 tbs. apple cider vinegar
½ tsp. vanilla (optional, but worth it)
Small mixing bowl
Rounded measuring spoon
First, add all of the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl. The coffee grounds will have two superpowers: sharpening the blade of your disposal, and keeping the fragrance strong and pleasant. Baking soda naturally cleans the disposal when mixed with ACV, and the Epsom salt breaks up hard water stains and any gritty buildup.
Stir your dry ingredients up until everything is blended. Slowly begin to add ACV to the bowl — don’t be alarmed when the baking soda bubbles up like a science project.
Keep stirring until mixture begins to look like smooth wet sand. Pull out your baking sheet, and wrap parchment paper around it. Grab your measuring spoon (I used a tablespoon), and begin scooping out like you would ice-cream onto the parchment paper set up.
Let the coffee bombs dry overnight, and then place them in a mason jar next to your sink to use when needed. Just drop one down your drain, turn on the disposal while running hot water, and enjoy the coffee smell with your clean sink.
+ What other natural ways do you keep your sink clean? Let me know in the comments!