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Unique Uses for Coffee Filters

Mar 25, 2011

Apparently, coffee filters can do a lot more than make a refreshing pot of coffee.  I recently happened to catch a small segment on different uses for coffee filters, and out of curiosity found several more that are worth sharing.  Here are some great, practical uses you might never have thought of for coffee filters:

 – Potted Plants: Place them in the bottom of small planter pots.  The dirt will not fall through the small hole at the bottom and make a mess, but the water can still drain through.

 – Funnel Liquids: Use them as a funnel to pour oil into your car, or liquid from one container to another.

 – Dusters: Great for dusting off screens or glass; they won’t leave lint behind like paper towel.

 – Covering Microwave Leftovers: Cover up leftovers in the microwave with coffee filters to prevent them from making a mess.

 – Soaking Up Greasy Foods:  These work wonderfully for soaking the grease off of bacon, French fries, or anything greasy that you might cook up.

 – Protect Items From Scratches: Can be used to store or stack dishes so they don’t chip on each other, or used to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

 – Snacking: Use as a disposable snack bowl to avoid dirty dishes.

 – Prevent Rusting: Place in your cast iron skillet to soak up any moisture that may accumulate and avoid rusting over time.

 – Make Tea Bags: Make tea bags for loose tea by pouring tea into it and tying it up with some string.

 -Deodorizer: Fill a coffee filter with baking soda and tie the top with string or a twist tie.  Place it into a closet, locker, your car, etc. as a deodorizer.

 There you have it, 10 great uses for coffee filters!  Have any more suggestions for using them?  Please share them in the comments section.  Buy coffee filters in bulk cheap and you’ll save money by replacing paper towels and other household items!

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26 Responses to “Unique Uses for Coffee Filters”

  1. Secure Hosting - March 25th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    The coffee filter is becoming the new dryer sheet! I’ve used it for the covering of food and a rust preventive, but I have never tried any of the others. I would be interested to see the funnel purpose, and will get on that deodorizer. Cheap and easy.

  2. Rug Cleaning Culver City - April 4th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    It’s amazing how you really learn new things each day! I know my friends who’ve used filters for potting, but I never imagined it to be a used to prevent rust! I’ve heard that you can use a dryer sheet (used or old) to prevent soap scum on your glass shower doors, so I wonder if coffee filters can serve that same purpose!

  3. Sally - April 8th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Brilliant ideas! We’ve used them before in nursery as snack holders.

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  5. Title Loans - May 3rd, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I never thought about using it to cover foods. Do they even come big enough to cover a plate? These are genius ideas and it’s amazing how the simple things are so universal. Along with coffee filters, there’s vinegar, baking soda, and even shampoo that all possess multi-purposes!

  6. Testosterone Therapy Los Angeles - May 24th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for all the tips. I don’t like wasting things, and since my mom no longer lives with me and she was the only coffee drinker in the house, I don’t need the filters anymore. However, they’ll make perfect snack holders, simply because I hate washing dishes.

  7. Conveyor Systems - June 2nd, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Ooh! There are great ideas! I can’t imagine that these filters are strong enough to hold oil, but then again, I guess it can hold pounds of water and coffee beans. Thanks!

  8. Uri Sheinbaum - June 14th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    These are great tips! I never imagined to use a coffee filter for funneling or snacking! Guess it would be cheaper to just stock up on these rather than on 7 different other items.

  9. Car Lease Return Los Angeles - June 24th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks for the ideas. I never thought about using coffee filters other than for coffee. I wonder if Starbucks and other major coffee chains know these tips.

  10. coach canvas bags - July 1st, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    the plant is very useful for our health

  11. Josh - July 28th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Wow I had the same idea to use the coffee filters to prevent rust. Crazy how minds think a like. These are some great ideas, I will have to give the rest a try!

  12. replica purses - September 8th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Great post I must say. Simple but yet entertaining and engaging… Keep up the good work

  13. Filipino Auto Lease Broker Los Angeles - September 29th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    How cool! I never thought to use them as tea bags but it makes a lot of sense… Thanks for the tips. :)

  14. Auto Lease Brocker Los Angeles - October 17th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    This list looks like it could have been created by a college student, when nothing is around… use a coffee filter.

  15. Dallas Cowboys jersey - November 2nd, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I would be interested to see the funnel purpose, and will get on that deodorizer

  16. marvin - November 7th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    nice ideas for coffee filters :=). good job

  17. SEO Los Angeles - November 17th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Those are some fun ideas. I have never thought of using a coffee filter as a deodorizer.

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