Wednesday, December 16, 2009

And now for something Totally Other

I got this list in my email today I found a couple of interesting ideas in here.  ONE is even sewing related.

Coffee filters.

You can buy a big package at the Dollar Store for almost nothing even the large ones.

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.

You can even use them in your coffee maker.


Diah Rothman said...

Gene, thanks, what some great infor!

Pat said...

GREAT list! Thanks for posting it.

Needled Mom said...

Great ideas.

Chris H said...

We don't drink coffee! What a shame, those filters sound very handy.

Chris Cruse at MadCreekDesigns said...

These are great. Especially the sewing tip.. I never seem to have what I need on hand but I never ever allow myself to run out of coffee filters.

Anonymous said...

My thought is the opposite of Chris H. who said they don't drink coffee so what a shame she doesn't have filters handy. We do drink coffee but use filters up quickly, so I don't want to use them for other things. The solution for us both is to go to the dollar store for filters just to use for all these great ideas! Thanks for posting them, who knew?

ooglebloops said...

I can't believe I've only thought of #3 and #10 on my own!!! LOL Great ideas!!!!!

hetty said...

Great list! Thanks Gene.

Tangos Treasures said...

Wow those are great ideas, thanks for sharing!

julia said...

Make angel Christmas tree ornaments, too. Oh yeah and as a coffee filter! Some great ideas, thanks.