15 Unusual Uses for Coffee Filters

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Coffee filters ..who knew there were so many uses for these simple filters! You can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing, or use a coupon when they’re on sale and get them for FREE.

Besides the numerous craft projects out there on the web from super creative folks, there are lots of everyday practical household uses for these filters.

Every Christmas when I make mulled cider, I use a filter to hold my spices while the cider simmers. Then pop them in the compost and you’re good to go. No more fishing around for those stray nutmegs.

Or take a look at #6…wouldn’t that be cute, cheap and fun to give to neighbors, coworkers, teachers, and friends for the holidays.

The Many Uses of Coffee Filters

  1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave.
    Coffee filters make excellent covers.
  2. Clean windows and mirrors. Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.
  3. Protect China – Separate your good dishes by putting 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. Fill with mulling spices, tie with a string, and let them simmer in your apple cider. Great for the holidays.
  6. Use them to make adorable canning jar gifts. Decorate the top for more fun.
  7. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
  8. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
  9. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
  10. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
  11. 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.
  12. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.
  13. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters.
  14. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, e tc on them. It soaks out all the grease.
  15. Keep in the bathroom. They make great “razor nick fixers.”
  16. OK, there’s actually 16.  Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.  Or strain your chicken broth.

Oh, and they’re great to use in coffee makers too!

Do you have an idea too?  Tell us about it.

 

Carol #strivetosimplify

 

3 Comments

  1. Hi Julie, I love your ideas! I’ll have to try your yogurt idea of making Greek style yogurt by straining it.
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Carol

  2. I use coffee filters to help catch tea leaves from steeping a broken bag – I place one in a mini colander and pour the tea through into a new pitcher.
    I also use it in a similar fashion to make my own “greek-style” yogurt. Although I make yogurt at home, store-bought yogurt simply needs more of the whey strained from it to create thick yogurt. I pour 25% more than I need into the strainer (in a mini colander over a bowl) and let it sit for 30 minutes or more. It goes a bit faster if you gently scrape the yogurt from the filter’s edges after a while.

  3. I love this site! Thanks

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