The HH is the only one who drinks coffee at my house, and since we now have a fancy new coffee maker with a reusable filter, I have left over coffee filters lying around. I couldn’t stand just letting them go to waste, so I decided to figure out some ways to put those babies to use.
Here’s my top 10 ways to use coffee filters for something other than brewing coffee:
- Clean windows/mirrors. They are lint free and don’t break apart when wet.
- Lay a couple on a plate and use them to soak up excess grease when cooking bacon, homemade fries, etc.
- Cover plates/bowls with coffee filters when microwaving to prevent splattering.
- Use to apply shoe polish.
- Prevent soil from sneaking out of the bottom of planting containers. Place a coffee filter over the holes in the bottoms of your pot, plant as you would regularly. The plant will still have proper water drainage, but you won’t lose any soil.
- Use to protect nice dishes. Place a coffee filter in between stacked dishes you don’t use very often to protect them from chips, scratches, etc.
- Use them to filter used frying oil. Wait for the oil to cool and pour it through a coffee filter. You will be able to reuse the oil next time you are frying. How amazingly frugal is that?
- Put some baking soda into a coffee filter and set it in the heel of shoes to get the odor out. “Oh, Monkey Boy! Where are you?!”
- Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments to protect them during storage.
- Use as an alternative to paper bowls for snacks. They are way cheaper and hold snacks like crackers and popcorn perfecto.
If you had a bunch of extra coffee filters laying around, what would YOU do with them?