Uncommon Uses for Coffee Filters

If you are like me, you are always looking for ways to save money. Did you know that coffee filters can be used for more than just holding coffee grounds? They come in handy for all sorts of little chores. They are very inexpensive and are also very durable.

If you make sun tea, you can use a coffee filter to add dried orange peels, mint leaves or other herbs. Center the ingredients in the middle of a filter. Gather the edges and tie with a string. Drop the bundle into the jar along with the tea bags and let it brew as usual.

You can also use a coffee filter to hold herbs and spices while making soups and stews.

A coffee filter will work well to desilk an ear of corn. Dampen a filter and wipe it in one stroke from the top to the bottom of the shucked ear of corn.

Put a couple of coffee filters in your pocket when you are working outdoors or going on a hike. They work great to wipe sweat, dirt and oils off your face.

If you are taking a close-up picture, soften the brightness of the flash by placing a white coffee filter over the flash to diffuse it.

Line a serving plate with a coffee filter to keep slippery foods like deviled eggs from sliding around or tipping.

Pile nails, screws, and fasteners into separate coffee filters while you’re working, to keep them from rolling off the table.

They work great for pressing flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filter in a phone book or dictionary.

Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen a filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout. Write the name of the seed on the filter. Put the bag on top of the refrigerator (for the steady warmth).

Coffee filters can be used as disposable bowls for snacks like popcorn, pretzels, chips or crackers. You can use them to hold snacks, desserts, and messy foods such as sliced cake, tacos, and pickles.

Use coffee filters to hold dry ingredients or cut pieces of fruits or vegetables when you are baking or cooking. And there aren't extra bowls to wash! You just throw the filters away.

If you have run out of dryer sheets, you can put a few drops of fabric softener on a filter, rub the sides together, and put it in the dryer.

A coffee filter makes an excellent backing for hand embroidering soft fabrics or for machine embroidering. It is easy to tear away afterwards.

Use a filter as a liner when you re-pot your plants. It keeps the fine dirt particles from running out of the drain holes in the bottom of the pot.

Use coffee filters to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

Coffee filters are lint-free so they are perfect for shining mirrors, TV screens or computer monitors.

If you have a set of dishes you rarely use, place filters between the plates and bowls to prevent scratching.

A coffee filter put in your stored iron cookware will absorb moisture and prevent rust.

Recycle your frying oil by straining it through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

Cover foods that are likely to splatter in the microwave with a coffee filter before heating. You can even wash, dry and reuse the filter.

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story teller said...

Wow! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I've never seen these tips for coffee filters before. THANKS. Great ideas.

Anonymous said...

These were all new to me. Now I know what to do with the old coffee filters that I can't use with my new coffee pot.

Thanks for sharing!

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