Many countries are confronted with a striking problem of morbidity of fluorosis that appears because of an increased concentration of fluorides in drinking water. The objective of this study is to explore opportunities for removal of fluoride from aqueous solutions using cheap and easily accessible adsorbents, such as exhaustive coffee grounds and iron sludge and to establish the efficiency of fluoride removal. Twelve doses (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 g/L) of adsorbents were used and five durations of the sorption process (30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 min). The results showed that the most optimum dose of iron sludge for 3 mg/L of fluoride removal was 30 g/L and the contact time was 30 min, the efficiency of fluoride removal achieved 62.92%; the most optimum dose of exhausted coffee grounds was 60 g/L with the most optimum contact time of 60 min; at a dose of 50 g/L with contact time of 90 min, the efficiency of fluoride removal achieved 56.67%. Findings demonstrate that adsorbents have potential applicability in fluoride removal up to the permissible norms. © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.