Coffee filters are a must in my house, and we don’t even drink coffee anymore. The reason we keep these handy buggers around is because they are useful for so many things. From assisting with vomiting kids when a bug hits the house to being the perfect tool for those drafty cracks in the window sill, coffee filters have come to the rescue several times over the last few years in our house. Here are 10 great uses for coffee filters.
Coffee filters are great for removing fingernail polish because they can take a beating. Unlike cotton balls or toilet paper, coffee filters can hold their shape as they are used to scrub away glitter and other nail polish from the hands and toes.
When the kids are sick, line the inside of the toilet bowl with coffee filters so when they puke everywhere the water doesn’t splash the vomit right back in their faces. The coffee filters act as a barrier to absorb the vomit so it doesn’t backfire into your kids’ faces and make an even bigger mess.
Coffee filters are great makeup removers. Add witch hazel or any astringent to a coffee filter and scrub away. The sturdy material absorbs the liquid and holds its shape as you scrub your face.
You can use coffee filters as heater vent filters when you want to keep dust from getting into the air. Simply tuck a coffee filter under the vent before turning the heat on. You can spray the coffee filter with a room deodorizer if you’d like for an added refreshing appeal.
When washing mirrors or windows, for a streak-free clean without debris, coffee filters are an excellent choice. They don’t leave behind fibers like paper towels do. Actually, in general you can use a coffee filter for anything you normally use a paper towel for, mess-wise since coffee filters are more durable and cheaper.
Coffee filters make for great craft projects. Cut them into snowflakes or cute little angels with the kids for a fun crafty experience anyone can enjoy. They are also great to use for wiping off paint brushes or for holding glue in various other art crafts.
Shove coffee filters in cracks in your windowsills or in the door handles of your car to keep out wind and drafts. Since it can be folded discreetly and will stay put, a coffee filter is a great option until you can get the drafty area repaired or caulked.
If you carry coffee filters in your purse, you can use them as blotters for oily shine on your face several times a day. Since they won’t leave fibers on your skin but absorb oils all the time (think of how they work for coffee?), they are way cheaper than those oil-absorbing sheets you pay for in the store.
Use coffee filters to pick up yucky things off the floor, like dead bugs, chewing gum, spit, and other household nastiness without gagging. A coffee filter is the perfect cheap barrier between you and that gross mess you don’t want to have to touch.
Finally, coffee filters are excellent to use to butter pans and baking dishes without getting your hands all greasy. Instead of using a napkin or paper towel, dip a coffee filter in butter or shortening and have a way less messy application to your pans ahead of you.
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