Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Multi Uses for Coffee Filters

I love products that do double duty.  Recently my husband Stan sent me an email he received, that makes double duty products look lazy.  I had no idea that coffee filters could have so many uses.  Aside from making great coffee, I have used them to clean windows before, but that was as far as I looked for ways to use the coffee filters.
You can purchase 1000 coffee filters for $1.00 at our local dollar stores.  I think it is time for me to stock up on these handy multi purpose gem. 
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.
12. Use strips of coffee filters when you wax your eyebrows.
13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them..  It soaks out all the grease. 
14. Keep in the bathroom.  They make great "razor nick fixers."
15. As a sewing backing.  Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.
16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.
17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.
18 Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.
19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.
20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.  Saves on having extra bowls to wash.
21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.
22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.
23. 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.
24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers.  Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book.
25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.

Do you have a use for coffee filters that are not mentioned in this post?  
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  1. I used coffee filters for several of the things you have mentioned but I can't think of any new ideas! Diane

  2. Found several uses I had not thought of like the idea of lining a houseplant pot and to clean windows and mirrors....

  3. u posted some great ideas, will have tot try them out.

  4. Amazing! I had no idea! Our coffee maker uses a gold filter so I will be going out to buy some of those filters. Thanks!

  5. from grannys kitchenAugust 9, 2011 at 6:57 AM

    How about a pretty wreath.. the sky is the limit here with embellishments for every occasion.

  6. Unfortunately I can't get them for that price,but I'd love to hear some ideas on papers for muffins. Mainly use them for decorating,though once I made a cow sandwich in it.

  7. Once again, my smart phone got the best of me and I accidentally deleted a comment. Below is the comment that was a victim of the small screen on my phone.

    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes


    Great tips! I usually have a ton of 'em too!

  8. I don't think you mentioned making coffee with them. LOL

  9. Amazing uses! Never think them of anything else, except as what they are intended, filter coffee! I especially like No. 10! Perfect for my garden! Thank you!

  10. Thks for the tips, Linda! I like tip 13 best :) Have a wonderful weekend, dear!

  11. Dagnabit Stephen beat me too it!