Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for $1.00, even the large ones. However, bleached coffee filters (the white ones) have been bleached with dioxin, so they are not really good to use for either coffee making or any of the other food processes listed below. Try to use the unbleached (brown) ones for food and drink uses and any applications on your skin (#1-16).
Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.
Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.
Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.
Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them.. It soaks out all the grease.
Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.
Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.
Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.
Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.
Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a zip-lock plastic bag until they sprout.
Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."
Don't use expensive strips to wax eyebrows. Use strips of coffee filters instead.
Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome. Coffee filters are lint-freeso they*ll leave windows sparkling.
Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
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.
Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.
As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.
Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors. Also can use Zeolite, if you have a source for it.
Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.
Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.
Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book.
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