10 Things to do with Old Coffee Grounds & Tea Bags Remove cooking odors: Both coffee grounds and tea bags are excellent deodorizers and can work wonders on your hands after chopping stinky foods like garlic, onions and fish. Clean your floors: Looking for an all-natural way to keep wood floors and furniture shiny and clean? Look no further than your morning cup of tea! Due to its tannin content, twice-brewed tea is perfect for adding extra luster to your wooden decor on the cheap. As an added bonus, you’ll also ditch the cleaning product smell and still get results you’ll love. Keep pests away from your garden: Noticing ants, slugs and other pests hanging around your garden? Sprinkle coffee grounds around problem areas to keep pests at bay. Clean your pots & pans: For squeaky clean pots and pans without the elbow grease, rub spent coffee grounds onto dirty cookware using a scouring pad. The added abrasion will help to remove stuck-on messes without harsh chemical cleaners. Add to houseplants: Both coffee grounds and tea bags have loads of nutrients that help houseplants thrive. Due to high acidic content, coffee grounds are perfect fertilizer for acid-loving plants such as tomatoes, carrots, roses, rhododendrons and azaleas. The antibacterial content of tea bags helps to gently clean while wafting away odors and perking up your skin – making these common kitchen leftovers perfect for your next mani-pedi party. Keep your fridge fresh & clean: Skip buying baking soda for deodorizing your fridge, and use a small container filled with coffee grounds instead! Tie-Die: You already know a splash of coffee can stain light-colored clothes. But have you ever thought of using your morning cup to create a homemade dye? Clean your face: Both coffee and tea are loaded with beneficial properties that sooth irritated skin and brighten a dull, tired winter complexion. Shine your shoes: We’ve heard of using citrus scraps and even banana peels to shine your shoes. But what about the leftovers from your morning cup?