An Item Even Better Than Paper Towels!

A list of great things to do with coffee filters to go along with the post I wrote a long time ago on the joys of coffee filters.
COFFEE FILTERS Better than paper towels.

Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for $1.00, even the large ones. 1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome… Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter. (Wish I realized that when the kids were toddlers ;–)

12. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them.. It soaks out all the grease.

13. Keep in the bathroom. They make great “razor nick fixers.” (hmmmmm, but okay)

14. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

15. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

16. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

17. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

18. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

19. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

20. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

21. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

22. Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a zip-lock plastic bag until they sprout.

23. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book.

24. Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, etc.




2 thoughts on “An Item Even Better Than Paper Towels!

  1. Some interesting tips. Don’t take this the wrong way-we chose to reduce, if not eliminate disposable items, reducing our carbon footprint in the process. In my town, we pay 20 cents/lb to the transfer station to get rid of our actual garbage (we recycle and compost heavily also as means to keep out trash to a minimum). Switching to a cheaper version/substitution for a disposable item is not an option for me. I much prefer to reuse a rag (washed of course), reuse a microwave cover, use cheesecloth that I can compost afterwards, newspaper to wash windows, brown Kraft paper bags to drain fried foods, etc. Even if initially I pay more for what I’ll call “greener alternatives”, since my trash output is less, I save on the other end. Another item to consider: using bleached products on foods you are going to consume, a wise choice? Just “food for fodder.” No judgements. : )

    1. Thanks, Carol. I don’t take anything the wrong way — we all have our points of view, our limits and options, of course! Some people don’t like using rags, others do. Some people have tons of coffee filters they want to use up, some don’t. It’s just an option, never a mandate — lol! We recycle and compost daily–we only go to the dump for our actual garbage once a month now, and of course the recycling center once or twice a month. Our trash output is something like 75% less than it was before we started recycling (thanks to an awesome program in Fairfield).

      And we still use paper towels!

      ~Marilyn, TFF

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