Friday, June 1, 2012

Coffee Filters aren't just for Coffee anymore..

We have talked about the uses of your old coffee grounds - today we share a little known discovery many people don't think much about: coffee filters. If you are anything like me, you go about your routine, fighting with and then filling the filter appropriately, getting the coffee made post haste every morning on auto pilot.  Have you ever used a coffee filter for something other than coffee?  Here are some inventive uses for coffee filters in case you ever wanted to step outside that box..


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.  Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows?  Use strips of coffee filters.. 

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.

I will be remembering this next time I'm out of cotton balls.  
So which ones did you already know about?  Which one do you think you would use? Do you know of another handy use that wasn't mentioned? Leave a comment and let us know.


Java Joe Mamas


Danielle (or Dee) said...

Every winter we take coffee filters and fold them up and cut pieces off to make snow flakes!! We hang the snow flakes on our windows or by fishing line from the ceiling!! They are the PERFECT shape vs. making them out of paper!!! Love all the other ideas for coffee filters!

CoffeelovinMom said...

I saw that and the tie dye project - both look like fun!

Angel Shrout said...

Conveniently I ran out of the waxing strips for my cold wax. Could not find a one today anywhere I looked. Not without the whole kit and I just needed the strips. Now I know what I can use instead... Cool

Jennifer Hall said...

What cool info to have!

Kimberly said...

I've used them as art projects when I was a teacher. And the snack bowl thing? Yeah, totally pulled that trick last summer on vacation!

Mayor Gia said...

The wine one is genius!!

just keep swimming said...

My dad has always used the heating food in the microwave trick and I've always rolled my eyes. I guess the jokes on me with that one. I like the popsicle trick and the soaking up grease trick. I'm going to have to try both of those.

Queen of Chaos Mom said...

I love 11, 16 and 25. This was a very helpful list. Great ideas!

Gooddayregularpeople said...

I love these uses. Thank you. Especially the popsicle dripping catcher. Never mind the kids, I need that.