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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Coffee Filters ~ Not just for coffee any more!

Coffee Filters, Paper Coffee Filters, So many uses, So little Time!


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In our home, I am the only one who drinks coffee. I brew coffee both in a regular automatic drip coffee maker and a Keurig coffee maker. Though I must admit, I use this Keurig mostly for teas and cocoas. (I do have a camp coffee percolator as well.)

But, I also have mesh screen filters for my coffee pot and the mesh filter for my Keurig maker. I had stopped buying paper coffee filters for a while, until I realized that I use them for a variety of reasons. Not just for making coffee.

So, I went exploring the web, to find the many different uses for coffee filters that others use them for as well.
And believe me, there are a LOT of different uses for coffee filters!

  1. Diffuse the flash on a camera.
  2. Strain wine from a bottle with a broken cork.
  3. Serve popcorn or other snacks.
  4. Help with kitchen prep. (by holding cut veggies, herbs, chocolate...)
  5. Cover items in the microwave.
  6. Prevent soil from draining out of flowerpots.
  7. Prevent scuffs and scratches on fine china.
  8. Protect hands from Popsicle drippage.
  9. Serve pita sandwiches.
  10. Clean windows or glass.
  11. Make funny little hats.
  12. Make coffee. Who would have thought?
  13. Make tie-dye butterflies. (use spray bottles with diluted food coloring, and when they are dry, pinch them in the middle and wrap with a pipe cleaner for antennae.
  14. Make skirts for Barbies.
  15. Use as mini portable garbage cans for craft projects (thread clippings, paper scraps, glitter...)
  16. (Here are the ones that were sent in by others) My husband uses them as potato chip snack containers as he sits on the couch. They absorb grease.
  17. Put it in a strainer and use it to dip dead bugs out of a hot tub (mini pool net)
  18. Strain herbal tea
  19. Strain broth when making gravy
  20. Line a glass pan with them and fill with cake batter when cooking in the microwave for non-stickness.
  21. I use them to make little "bouquet garnis" for apple cider.
  22. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
  23. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
  24. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
  25. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a filter on a kitchen scale.
  26. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters.
  27. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. Soaks out all the grease.
  28. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
  29. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."
  30. Very mild abrasive towlet for scrubbing delicate items.
  31. They also come in handy when making paper flowers.
  32. The unbleached kind make for fun shredding material for hamsters.
  33. You could fold one up and use it as a bookmark.
  34. Use one to blow your nose in a pinch.
  35. Use a coffee filter to prevent splatter when heating something in the microwave, simply place over the top of your food and carry on like normal.
  36. Poke a hole in a filter and insert the stick of your popsicle. You now have a DIY popsicle drip collector!
  37. Put the end of an ice cream cone in the center of a filter and wrap the filter around it for a drip-free ice cream cone wrapper.
  38. Use a coffee filter as a makeshift rag. Unlike paper towels, coffee filters are lint free and take up very little space.
  39. Put under bacon, fries, fried chicken etc. to soak up excess grease.
  40. Use to line bamboo steamers.
  41. Cut up a stack of filters, place them in a small tin and you’ve got a set of face blotters perfect for your purse and last-minute shine control.
  42. Make skirts for Barbies.
  43. Good-quality coffee filters are made from 100 percent virgin paper, so you can use them to clean your glasses without leaving lint.
  44. You can also use them safely to clean computer monitors, television screens, and windows. They clean without leaving residue.
  45. Line the bottom of cookie tins.
  46. Strain bacon drippings by pouring them through a coffee filter into a ceramic bowl or mug. The brown bits, grains, etc will stay in the filter. Also works well for recycling frying oil.
  47. This is one of my favorites! Dampen a coffee filter with some white vinegar and a few drops of my favorite essential oil (I like to use Lavender). Your clothes will come out smelling fresh and the coffee filter reduces static.
  48. Kids food holders for Tacos, Hot Dogs, Pita Sandwiches, etc.
  49. Make homemade tea bags by filling coffee filters with a selection of loose tea leaves and dried fruit peels. Tie together with string and use just like normal tea bags.
  50. Wrap jumbo dill pickles in coffee filters to prevent dripping when eating.
  51. Use as a sandwich wrap (inside the baggy or plastic container) so your sandwich doesn’t get soggy in your lunchbox.
  52. If you use cloth diapers you can line your diaper with a couple of these and toss the solids rather than not having anywhere to rinse them.
  53. Changing diapers was bad enough, but toilet training kids on a potty is equally messy. Line the potty with a coffee filter so you can just lift out the number two and deposit in the toilet.
  54. A coffee filter can hold small parts when working on vehicles, cleaning guns, or most any other project!
  55. Put flavorings (bay leaves, woody herb stems, etc.) in a coffee filter, tie with string, and stick in soup while cooking for quick and easy removal later.
  56. You can also use a coffee filter to help ward off unwanted odors from your shoe by applying a little bit of baking soda and wrapping it up in the filter to create a little sachet, simply insert into your shoes after a long day and wake up to them smelling fresh and odor free.
  57. 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.
  58. Use as a mini cutting board for chopping (not slicing) one tomato, onion, etc.
  59. 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.
  60. Use filters to bake jumbo muffins or mini cakes in the oven. Fill the filter 1/3 full with batter and place in a shallow circular pan to bake.
  61. Wrap cut celery stalks in a coffee filter before putting them in a plastic bag to store in the refrigerator. The coffee filter will help absorb any moisture, and keeps the celery crisp longer.