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The Damsel was fascinated by this list of things you can do with coffee filters. She finds herself craving a package of them now, and she’s not even a coffee drinker. Someone whispered they are quite cheap at the dollar store, a thing the Damsel never supposed, since she’s never bought them before.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the  microwave.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome…  Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.

3.  Protect china from chipping each other by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4.  Recycle frying oil.  After frying, strain oil through a sieve  lined with a coffee filter.

5.  Weigh chopped foods.  Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a  kitchen scale.

6.  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.

7.  Use instead of a paper towel to drain bacon, or other fried things.

8.   Use a filter as an easy-to-tear-away backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

9.  Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in, for soups and stews.

10.  Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

11.  Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

12.  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.

13. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers.  Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in  phone book..

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  • Julie Zelasko

    Nice! I think I’m going to use some of those

  • I like the bottom-of-a-pot idea to keep the dirt in. I used packing peanuts for awhile, but wasn’t impressed with them. Can’t wait for spring!

  • I heard the craziest thing also…some people…not me….actually use them for coffee. But I have actually heard some folks use them instead of a paper plate for snacks for kids or grandkids. Wouldn’t it be great for popcorn or kettle corn or even those wonderful sugar coated nuts?

  • Miette

    I guess I better stock up on coffee filters then. 🙂

  • Oh! I like Nos. 6 & 12!

  • You can also use them for straining yogurt in making greek yogurt or yogurt cheese. Line a colander with cut-open coffee filters (so they are in one layer), pour in yogurt and place over a bowl to drain. If you want it to drain out more of the liquid, add salt to the yogurt first.

  • I bought them once for snacks for the kids to hold. Being LDS as well, I don’t drink coffee- so I had no reason to buy them before. However, when I did buy them, I was pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive they are for so many. Cheaper than napkins and easier than dishes for giving kids snacks. I’m going to pick up a pack next time I’m at the commissary and try some of these other tips. Thanks!

  • This is really cheap and this are very useful. Definitely a must have if your planning to have a bunch of cookies and muffins.

  • Pretend_poser

    Once I lost my net when I was cleaning my fishbowl, a coffee worked well as a substitute. 

    • Anonymous

      LOL! Good idea.