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    Thumbs up Uses for coffee filters.

    Sometimes I get a pretty useful e-mail....this was one of those times and I thought I would share. Some of these I already do but thought I would give some of the new ones a try.

    Hope there is something in here that you can use too.



    OTHER USES FOR COFFEE FILTERS

    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 appliquéing 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.

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    Interesting. I don't use paper filters, but I never knew they were so versatile!! I like Idea 5!
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    I once saw an artist who used USED coffee filters for her art. Very interesting stuff....

    How about these Coffee Filter Roses: The Coffee Filter Rose Tutorial - PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS)

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    I use them when putting cut up brownies or cookies, in a plastic container after baking. It makes a great way to keep the layers apart and it helps grab some of the shortening / oil.

    I got 3 pkgs one time for free that are too large for my coffee maker. I picked them up in hopes I could come up with some uses here and there. I have

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    Great thread!

    #12 makes me laugh - can you imagine?!
    #16 my gf does this but she puts in her hm dried flowers to make pot pourri sachets for her dresser drawers, never thought to put baking soda for stinky shoes though!
    #25 a few places I've worked...we used to use them to share popcorn on Friday's....we'd pop 3 bags of micro-popcorn and place them on the lunch table with a stack of filters next to them...it was funny watching the women figure it out (I guess cuz we really wanted the popcorn) and the men were just dumbfounded b/c they were stuck on coffee filters being just for coffee ROFL

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    When I'm out of paper towels and I'm making something in the microwave that says to place on a paper towel, I'll use a coffee filter instead. Or if I'm reheating something that is a little greasy I'll put a filter down on the plate first so it will soak up excess grease that comes out during the microwaving.

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    I used to use them for cleaning mirrors.I don't even have any around now since i don't drink coffee, only tea.

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    Great thread FF and wonderful ideas!! mahalo FF!!

    You had one about packing Christmas ornaments to store safely - how about wrapping little presents too and topping with a bow!!

    I am sure FVers will have even more ideas!!

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    Thought I might try number 23 myself.

    Thanks for posting more ideas gang.

    I think I might be picking up some more at the dollar store to try some of these------if they work, they are cheaper than paper towels.

    They also disintegrate pretty good ---so I put 'most' of them in my compost pile.........after I dump the coffee grounds around my plants.

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    I am not a coffee drinker but I use coffee filters for a lot of those suggestions.
    I like to use filters to give my family peanuts to snack on that are in a shell and then give them an empty filter to discard the shells into.
    Easy clean up.
    I always clean windows and mirrors will filters. It's way cheaper than using paper towels.

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    Default Coffee Filters...Who Knew!

    A friend of mine sent this to me. Thought it was worth sharing!

    Coffee Filters:

    Better than paper towels and a lot less expensive...


    COFFEE FILTERS

    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.


    OH YEAH THEY ARE GREAT TO USE IN YOUR COFFEE MAKERS TOO.

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    I love it. Always looking for new uses for old products. I have used for cleaning windows because they work so good, but never imagined filters would have so many great uses!

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    Someone didn't read the first post, but the thread was in need of a bumping. A lot of good tips in here.

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    Thanks for bumping this post back up -- these are great tips!!

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    Wow very interesting. I'll have to try some of these out. Thanks for the tips!

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