The first coffee filter was invented by German housewife Melitta Bentz back in 1908. Today, the company that bears her name produces millions of coffee filters every year. But coffee filters have a surprising number of uses that have nothing to do with coffee. And you can buy a big stack of filters at most discount stores for next to nothing. In many cases they're more convenient than paper towels, and can work out cheaper. Without further a do here are my top 24 uses for the lowly coffee filter.
- Bowl Covers
- Window Cleaning
- Dish Protection
- Wine Filter
- Cast-iron Skillets
- Shoe Polish Applicator
- Cooking Oil Recycling
- Disposable Food Container
- Food Wrapper
- House Plant Soil Leaks
- Popsicle Drips
- Eyebrow Waxing Strips
- Grease Filter
- Razor Nicks
- Fabric Backing
- Odor Eater
- Kitchen Strainer
- Pouring Funnel
- Spoon Rest
- Christmas Ornaments
- Polish Remover
- Seed Nursery
- Pressed Flowers
- Disposable Snack Bowl
Coffee filters make excellent covers when heating things in in the microwave. Keep a few handy and pop one on the next time you need a hot snack.
Since coffee filters are lint-free they leave your glass, mirrors and chrome fixtures sparkling.
Place a coffee filter between each dish to prevent scratching and chips. Also works great to protect non-stick surfaces on cooking pans.
There's nothing more frustrating than a broken cork in a wine bottle. Simply pass the wine through a coffee filter. Cork is removed, wine taste is preserved.
Coffee filters absorb moisture and prevent rusting. Leave one in an iron skillet between uses.
Roll a coffee filter up into a ball for a quick and easy lint-free shine.
Use a sieve lined with a coffee filter to strain used cooking oil. Oil can be used again.
During food preparation a quick and easy container for dry ingredients or when chopping vegetables and fruit. Saves time on clean up also.
Coffee filters make convenient wrappers to hold messy foods such as tacos. Keeps clothes from getting stained.
Line the plant pot with a coffee filter to stop soil from leaking out of the drainage holes.
Poke a hole in the center of the filter and slide the popsicle stick through. Great on a hot summer's day.
Skip the expensive strips to wax your eyebrows. Can some from a coffee filter instead.
Put French fries, fried bacon, chicken fingers, etc in a coffee filter to soak out the grease.
Leave a few in the bathroom. They're great for dealing with "razor nicks."
Coffee filters make excellent backing for embroidering or appliquÃ©ing soft fabrics that is easy to remove.
Put baking soda into a coffee filter and place in a closet or fridge to absorb unwanted odors.
Coffee filters can be used to strain stock or as a holder for fresh herbs to put in soups and stews.
Cone filters make great pouring funnels when you need to add fluids to your car.
A quick and clean spoon rest when cooking and can be used to mop up small counter spills.
Wrap Christmas ornaments in a coffee filter for safe, scratch free storage.
Can be used to remove fingernail polish when you're out of cotton balls.
Dampen coffee filter and then place seeds inside. Fold and store in a plastic zip-lock until they sprout.
Place the flowers between two coffee filters and press using a heavy phone book.
Great for popcorn, chips, etc.