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25 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters

By Eva Wallace

coffee-filtersThis post came from an email I received, with no author to site…

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

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.

And they're also great for making coffee! ;)

Got any more uses for coffee filters? Leave them in a comment!

Posted January 21, 2010, filed in Clutter Hacks


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From Summer, January 21 2010

This is a great list! I can't believe it doesn't list the ONE way I use coffee filters! When I have just washed something that I want to store (a vase, tea pot, coffee pot), I put a coffee filter inside to absorb any moisture that might be left. :)

From Eva Wallace, January 21 2010

Beautiful, Summer - thanks for the tip!

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From Carol, January 22 2010

even as a coffee lover, i don't use coffee filters. we use stovetop espresso makers. but i think i'd be adding this to my shopping list now.

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Wow what a nice blog you have!

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From Josh, December 17 2010

Coffee filter is finally put into use. I will try this one at home.

From Patti, January 3 2011

I line a colander with one or more and pour homemade yogurt in it to drain, the filter catches the solids but allows the liquids to drip out. Great way to make yogurt cheese.

From Eva Wallace, January 3 2011

Hey Patti - great idea! Good to know that they can stand up to that! Thanks!

From Viv, February 7 2011

I would like to send this page to a friend but I do not see any way to do that unless I cut and paste and then it does not always come out the same way.
Do you have any forwarding method?

From Eva Wallace, February 7 2011

Hi Viv, Right under the post above there is a "share this" link that will give you the option to share via email and many social sites. Glad you find it worth sharing - thanks!

From sanjanaghandi, July 18 2011

Wow! It seems like you have some deep knowledge about coffee filters. Thanks for displaying this useful info.

From PurelyCoffeeBeans, July 19 2011

You could also use them when you're peeling vegetables to stop potato or carrot skins going down the sink and jamming up your pipes!


PurelyCoffeeBeans's last blog post..Jul 19, Iced Coffee: Variations, Methods, and Tips

From Christine, May 22 2012

I use them as a eraser on my remarkable board

From Eva Wallace, May 22 2012

Great idea, Christine!

From irene, May 25 2012

me too on the use to strain whey when finishing a batch of yogurt. use damp an flattened to use on tortilla press when making corn tortillas. re spritz with water fairly often to keep filter damp you can re-use quite a few times an re-place as needed . use the bottom filter to pick up tortilla an flip it onto griddle. re-place an start another one soon have a stack !!

From Shelley, June 15 2012

Not sure I've seen this one…spray coffee filters with your favorite insect repellant until damp, fold several and keep in a zip-lock bag to take along on outings. They make great lint-free repellant wipes that don't fall apart!

From Eva Wallace, June 15 2012

great ideas, Shelly and Irene! Thanks for sharing!

From Family Tradition, June 25 2013

It may seem a little strange but in my home, my Mother's home, and my Grandmother's home (probably my Great-Grandmother's too) coffee filters have been used for several of the things mentioned above– and also for toilet paper when someone forgets to pick some up from the store :/

I couldn't resist sharing this one since no one else did :)

From Eva Wallace, June 25 2013

A brave confession Family Tradition, but I'm sure you aren't the only one! Thanks for commenting! :)

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