What to do with Coffee Filters

coffee filtersWhen I was cleaning out my pantry, I came across a stash of coffee filters. Since I got my Keurig coffee maker back in the Spring, I no longer need coffee filters but I didn’t want to throw them out.

I already knew of a few alternate uses for them and remember making crafts with my kids when they were young but with so many coffee filters, I decided to do some research to find out what else I could use them for.

Here’s my list of what to do with coffee filters and if you have any tips to add, please leave them in the comments section:

  • Use as a spoon rest when cooking.
  • You can also use a coffee filter to sprout some seeds just by dampening it, putting the seeds in the filter, folding the filter and put in a plastic bag so it will stay moist.
  • Cover your food in the microwave with a coffee filter to prevent splatters.
  • Store a coffee filter in your cast iron skillets to prevent rust. You can also use these to protect your nice stainless steel pots and pans.
  • Use a filter and your favorite glass cleaner to clean windows, mirrors and television and computer screens. Since the filter is lint free, you won’t transfer the lint onto the glass.
  • Use a filter with shoe polish to polish shoes.
  • Weigh chopped foods by placing them in a filter and placing the filter on the scales.
  • Use as a taco holder, pita holder or to hold other messy foods like popsicles and icecream cones.
  • Clean your cable connectors to keep your television and internet running smoothly.
  • Recycle your cooking oil by filtering it through a coffee filter first.
  • Clean your eyeglasses with a filter.
  • Make a sachet by putting some dried flowers and herbs in the filter and then rubber banding the it closed . You can tie  a ribbon around it and use pinking shears to cut the edges to make it pretty.
  • You can make a tea bag with a filter by spooning some loose tea in a filter and then tie it closed with a string or rubber band.
  • Likewise, you can do the same with herbs, bay leaves, etc. for cooking. Just toss  your bouquet garni into your pot while cooking and throw it away when you are done. No hunting for the bay leaves.
  • Use to drain grease from fatty foods like bacon, french fries, etc.
  • Put a little bit of fabric softener on a filter and use as a dryer sheet if you have run out of them.
  • Use to clean a spill on upholstery and carpet instead of a paper towel because not only are they absorbent but they won’t leave lint behind.
  • Coffee filters are the perfect size for protecting your Christmas ornaments when packing them away.
  • Diffuse the flash on your camera to soften it when taking indoor pictures.
  • Filters make great little snack bowls for popcorn, pretzels, etc.
  • Use in place of cheese cloth for any straining chore.
  • Dry flowers by putting a flower between 2 filters and then flattening them in a book.
  • Line your planter with a coffee filter or two (depending on the container size) before adding the soil and a plant. It will allow the water to drain from the drain holes in the bottom of the planter without losing soil.
  • There are loads of crafts you can make with coffee filters too. My two favorite sites for this are: AHC Arts and Crafts and About.com.

I’d love to hear some more uses for coffee filters so do post your ideas!


9 thoughts on “What to do with Coffee Filters

  1. Great list! I loved the ones were you say to use it to diffuse the flash on your camera, very clever in deed. Also, loved the one about using them to cover your food in the microwave. SMART. From Members to Remember Event! 🙂

  2. I loved this! I don’t even drink coffee, but I bought some the other day for an art project and have some left over. They would work perfect for wrapping ornaments. I’ll have to remember that one! Found you through vB. 🙂

  3. Wow, that was really good. I don’t think I read you can use them in art projects. I loved the tea bag one and was impressed with the diffuser for camera! I love being able to see all this cool info! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow – I had no idea – these ideas are fantastic. I just got a Keurig and I do have some old coffee filters. I’m a new follower from VoiceBoks.


  5. I love being able to repurpose every day items!! Thanks for the great list. I don’t use coffee filters anymore but I have a box under the sink I haven’t thrown out. Now I have uses for them! Keep it up!

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