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I usually toss the coffee grounds into the chicken scrap bucket.  For decades, I've used baking soda and salt to scrub pots and pans, jar labels, ovens - anything that needed a little scrubbing power.  I usually use a little straight dish soap (no water) to get a good scrubbing first.  

I thought that was pretty thrifty - inexpensive AND non-toxic.  But then, lightening struck me.  As I was tossing the coffee grounds, I looked over and saw the cutting board that I'd forgotten.  I'd used it to cut onions and smash garlic - whew!  I grabbed that board - a beautiful solid piece of olive wood with a touch of live edge - and slapped those coffee grounds on it.  I scrubbed and did a little dance and rinsed, and low and behold.....that cutting board came out with knarly a scent to be had!!  I dabbed it with a smidge of olive oil and pronounced it glorious.  The angels sang I tell you.  

Now, of course, I'm looking at everything with an eye to those coffee grounds.  I've scrubbed a baking dish, a skillet left with the remains of scrambled eggs and cheese, and the stainless steel sink (OK, baking soda still wins on the sink).  Have you tried coffee ground scrub?  What else could they be used for scrubbing?

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Well I would be worried about tiny broken edges, but I had been wondering if anyone has made coffee scrub soap bars. A little lather, a little scrub, and BAM, no more need for exfoliant.

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Chris Kott wrote:Well I would be worried about tiny broken edges, but I had been wondering if anyone has made coffee scrub soap bars. A little lather, a little scrub, and BAM, no more need for exfoliant.

-CK



I've used coffee soap it works, I make my scrub bars with sawdust and sand as we don't drink coffee.
 
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Chris Kott wrote:Well I would be worried about tiny broken edges, but I had been wondering if anyone has made coffee scrub soap bars. A little lather, a little scrub, and BAM, no more need for exfoliant.

-CK



I also use soap made with coffee grounds, especially in the kitchen.  I love it.  Slightly abrasive, but not a concern (for me) with cuts or scrapes.  I am more careful when using it with little ones.

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They also make a good substitute for coffee (and chewing tobacco) apparently.  Cowboy Coffee Chew
 
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This is how I do it. I have used coffee grounds for hand scrubbing and as a sink cleaner.

https://permies.com/t/54831/permaculture-home-care-cleaning/purity/Dale-coffee-grounds-flour-paste
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