Coffee filters are a household essential for many of us who need a jolt to get going in the morning. But their simple shape and lint-free design makes them helpful in lots of other ways, too.
1. Place them between stacked plates.
Our home care expert Heloise loves this tip: Protect your favorite dishes from chipping and scratching by slipping coffee filters between them.
2. Use one as a snack bowl.
If you’re not keen on dirtying yet another dish, sub in a coffee filter for eating popcorn, crackers, or other small bites. The filter’s bowl-like shape is the perfect size and shape for a snack.
3. Clean windows and mirrors.
Since coffee filters are lint-free, you can swap them out for paper towels to give windows a no-streak shine.
4. Place one in the bottom of a flower pot.
Before you pour potting soil into your container, place a filter in the bottom hole, like Holly at A Baker’s House. This way, excess water can escape, but the dirt stays in its place.
A Baker’s House
5. Corral small pieces in one place.
Putting together an IKEA dresser? Keep all screws, nails, and other bits from rolling across the floor with a filter.
6. Dust your TV.
A coffee filter is great for grabbing debris from screens both big (your television) and small (your iPhone).
7. Line a colander or sieve.
If the perforations in your strainer are too large to catch small bits of food, line it with a coffee filter first.
8. Catch popsicle drips.
Snip a hole in the center of a coffee filter, and push the stick of an ice pop through it to prevent sticky fingers (and stained clothing and floors) in the summertime.
9. Grease a baking dish.
Use a coffee filter to coat a cake pan with shortening instead of a paper towel, which could leave lint behind.
10. Dry glassware.
If you spy that your glasses are still a bit damp coming out of the dishwasher, Heloise suggests reaching for a coffee filter. It will leave your stemware spotless and sparkling.
11. Prevent microwave messes.
Pop a filter over your leftovers to avoid annoying splatter when you heat them up.
12. Absorb excess oil.
Drain French fries or bacon on a filter to help pull away excess fat, or cut one into smaller pieces to use as a face blotter in a pinch.
13. Clean and polish stainless steel.
Just like coffee filters can leave your windows gleaming (no lint left behind!), they also work magic on your appliances and faucets.
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