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Coffee Filters, the cheap solutions to much!

Coffee filters, whether you buy them at CVS, Publix, Target or Family Dollar, you probably won’t spend more than a few dollars for a few hundred!   Beyond the obvious use of the filters, I’ve recently learned of these 25 other ways of using them!

  1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.
  2. Clean windows, glass, mirrors, chrome. & more! Coffee filters are lint-free so everything will sparkle.
  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, & more…. 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. Do you think I used expensive strips to wax arms, eyebrows, etc… Use strips of coffee filters.
  13. Put a few on 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-tea backing for embroidering or appliquéing 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 to…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, pretzels, chips, etc.

Can you think of another Smart Mama way of using the filters in your home?  Let’s add more to the list!

PS  – Thanks to Maggie for forwarding the email that prompted this blog post 😉

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