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February 23, 2015

30 Creative Uses For Coffee Filters

I'm as frugal as they come, and am famous with my family and friends for making do with less, and being creative with what I have. Case in point, coffee filters. They can be used for more then just making coffee, some of which may surprise you. They're better then paper towels, and a lot less expensive. You can buy 500 to 1000 at the dollar store for almost nothing. I picked up a pack at the dollar store recently for just 99 cents!

  • Put a filter on the bottom of your flower pot containers, over the drainage holes. This keeps the soil from leaving the container while still allowing water to run through it.
  • Soak filters in brewed tea or even just plain water and chill. Fold them and use as cold compress for puffy eyes.
  • A coffee filter is perfect for spreading oil or butter on a cooking pan since a coffee filter’s fibers won’t break off in your oils like a napkin’s would.
  • Shield stacked china from scratches and nicks by layering a filter between each delicate piece.
  • Use a coffee filter to prevent splatter when heating something in the microwave, simply place over the top of your food and carry on like normal.
  • Put under bacon, fries, fried chicken etc. to soak up excess grease.
  • Coffee filters can be used to clean computer monitors, television screens, and windows. They clean without leaving residue.
  • Strain bacon drippings by pouring them through a coffee filter into a ceramic bowl or mug. The brown bits, grains, etc will stay in the filter. Also works well for recycling frying oil.
  • Dampen a coffee filter with some white vinegar and a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and toss in the dryer. Your clothes will come out smelling fresh and the coffee filter reduces static.
  • Make homemade tea bags by filling coffee filters with a selection of loose tea leaves and dried fruit peels. Tie together with string and use just like normal tea bags.
  • Use as a sandwich wrap (inside the baggy or plastic container) so your sandwich doesn’t get soggy in your lunchbox.
  • A coffee filter can hold small parts when working on vehicles, cleaning guns, or most any other project.
  • Put flavorings (bay leaves, woody herb stems, etc.) in a coffee filter, tie with string, and stick in soup while cooking for quick and easy removal later.
  • Coffee filters are fantastic for polishing leather shoes. Simply apply a dab of your favorite shoe polish and use the filter as an applicator.
  • After you are done washing your cast-iron cookware, place a coffee filter in the bottom of the pan and it will absorb moisture and prevent rust.
  • Wrap cut celery stalks in a coffee filter before putting them in a plastic bag to store in the refrigerator. The coffee filter will help absorb any moisture, and keeps the celery crisp longer.
  • If you have a small cut or even a razor nick, grab a piece off of a coffee filter and put it on with pressure to stop the bleeding. Your coffee filter will work similar to a styptic pencil but without the stinging.
  • Place a few tablespoons of baking powder in a filter and twist the top together with a rubber band. Place in shoes, gym bag, closet, refrigerator, or anywhere else that may have developed some less-than-pleasant odors.
  • Keep in your car glove box for window cleaning, to use as napkins and for quick cleanups.
  • Since you have a package in the glove box anyway…..the next time you need to check the oil level in the car, use a filter to wipe the dipstick.
  • Line a colander or strainer with a coffee filter, place the strainer in a bowl, fill with regular yogurt, and let sit in the fridge overnight. Fresh Greek yogurt for breakfast!
  • Use a coffee filter to spot clean your clothing. Use white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide and the spot will be greatly reduced if not disappear completely.
  • Separate tortillas for freezing.
  • Get spills out of carpets, before they stain. While the spill is still wet, cover it with a coffee filter. They will wick up the spill.
  • Filter wine when you break the cork.
  • Coffee filters make great blotting paper for pressed flowers. Simply place the flower between two filters and put them inside of a phone book or any other object with weight.
  • Stop sticky fingers and stuck-on paper napkins when eating barbecue, and reach for a coffee filter instead. It will absorb the oil from those delicious ribs without sticking to your hands.
  • Use them to filter things like lemon and lime juice so the juice comes out and the seeds stay behind.
  • Use them to place your spoon/spatula down on the counter while cooking, so you don't make a mess of your counter.
  • Use them to remove fingernail polish when you run out of cotton balls.

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