Friday, January 22, 2010

WHO KNEW? Coffee Filters were so Versatile?

I got this in one of those emails I am sure everyone has gotten... this has really made me think I am limiting my uses of the COFFEE FILTER!  Let me know what you think after you read the list!  Do you have other uses for your 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.
Sara left a comment with uses for the crafter
  1. Books
  2. Inked backgrounds
  3. Stamped candy pouches
  4. A holder for beads and small pieces on your work table while crafting
  5. Embossing powder catcher
  6. Funnel
  7. Hand-crafted flowers
If you have other uses leave a comment and I will add them to the Crafter's Uses!


Teresa said...

Hey how did I miss this great list. Off to buy more coffee filters to keep in the cleaning supply closet!! TFS

Sarah said...

Who knew that coffee filters were so versatile! Another list could be made just for craft uses.
I have seen them used for:
Inked backgrounds
Stamped candy pouches
A holder for beads and small pieces on your work table while crafting
Embossing powder catcher
Hand-crafted flowers

I'm sure there are many more reasons to have these handy in your studio. I found some in the back of my kitchen cabinet and moved them into my studio just the other day.
Thanks for sharing the list, Lyneen. Maybe you could start a list for crafters!

Ann said...

Brilliant - who would believe filters could be so useful. I'm going to print this to remind me!