Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Who Knew?


Coffee filters. Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing, even the large ones.

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 plastic baggie 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.

26. Use to cover drain holes in bottom of flower pots, before placing soil in. Water still drains, but soil stays in.




Beverly said...

Well, dang. Who knew is right?

Still snowed in here. I can't get my car out of my driveway.

jeanne said...

Hi Dawn, It's complicated describes life here on our mountain this past weekend. Snow ice and no internet. Not to mention loss of power. UGH!! The snow is beautiful, on the bright side.

I love the coffee filter message. Great stuff those coffee filters.

Oh, and I am so wanting to see that movie.

Hugs, Jeanne
PS: I hope you are rested up!!!

Tracy said...

Super post, Dawn! I like tips like these... Hubby is a big coffee drinker, so there's always filters in the house! I do use them for the window cleaning trip--good for mirrors too. And the skillet/pan one too. I also use them to drain yogurt to drip off the watery extra so there's just the thick, creamy yogurt let--great for then using the yogurt to make dips, dressings,marinades, etc. without it being too "wet". Hope you've rested a bit after you busy week last week. :o) Happy Days to you all ((HUGS))

Lorrie said...

Wow, Dawn, I never thought of all those uses for coffee filters--great post. I'm going to buy a big stack to have on hand!

Darlene said...

Well Dawn thanks so much for sharing all those uses for coffee filters!

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Dawn, I admit to doing some of the above..but some are new to me..thanks for the tips...we are going to use them for sure!

Kim's Treasures said...

I had no idea you could use them for so much! Thanks for the tip!

Jerri said...

Oh, why didn't I think of coffee filters when I was packing away my fragile Christmas ornaments...thanks for all the good ideas.....


Cottage Rose said...

HI Dawn; Wow so many wonderful ideas for coffee filters.... I did not know that how useful they can be... I am going to Dollar tree and buy me some... thanks for sharing..


The Muse said...

Hope you are well Ms Dawn :)
Thought about you today :)

Judi said...

Hi Dawn
I hadn't thought of them in this way. Great ideas I'm going to have to remember them. They are cheap and last forever...well a couple of months.

I hope you aren't having that nasty weather. We continue to be sooo lucky this year. Lovely clear blue skies ... cold but we aren't having the snow.

Have a lovely day and Valentine's Day too.

Beverly said...

Dear Dawn, I really appreciate you leaving this here long enough for me to memorize it, but I promise I know it now.

Love ya! I'm thinking about you today, and I am heading back to work.

Beverly said...

Dawn ... Need I say more?

Neabear said...

Lots of great ideas for those coffee filters! I have heard of some of them before. I have not been around much and trying to catch up with some of my blogland friends. I hope all is well with you these days. I have been working a lot lately, but I have the weekend off this time. Yay! Today was a drab day with no sunshine. Been having lots of rain this year. I am actually getting tired of all the rain.

Hope to see a new post from you soon.