11 Unusual Uses for Coffee Filters




Coffee filters are better then paper towel, and a lot less expensive, you can buy 1000 at the dollar store for almost nothing! In this ible I will show you 11 unique ways to use coffee filters!

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Step 1: Bowl Cover

Cover bowls or dishes with coffee filters when cooking in the microwave, they make excellent covers.

Step 2: Cleaning

Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome.... coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling!

Step 3: Nail Polish Remover

Use them to remove nail polish when out of cotton balls.

Step 4: Protect China

Protect china by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

Step 5: Filter

Use them to filter things like lemon and lime juice so the juice comes out and the seeds stay behind.

Step 6: Apply Shoe Polish

Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

Step 7: Prevent Odors

Put baking soda into a coffee filter and place into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

Step 8: Make Tea

Use them to make your own tea! Put some herbs into the filter and tie shut with string!

Step 9: Spoon Rest

Use them to place your spoon/ spatula down on the counter while cooking, so you don't make a mess of your counter.

Step 10: Bowl

Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting up fruit or veggies.... saves on having extra bowls to wash.

Step 11: Disposable Snack Bowl

Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.

Step 12: Coffee Makers


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    19 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Make Coffee!! - Use a nice, fine, Drip Coffee brand. Heat the water to just under boiling. Put the spoon in, so the bag doesn't boil over, then put the bag in. Cover with something so it won't cool too much & leave for 5-10 min. - You can leave it soaking longer if you leave it on one of those tiny 1-cup hot-plates. Squeeze it out & add your sugar & cream (opt). Just like Fresh-Dripped. Yumm! :-9

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Coffee filters make great snowflakes. A round filter folds and cuts nicely. I you can use regular size filters or filters for a 4 cup coffee maker.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I use coffee filters to drain my oil after frying I put a coffee filter in a small strainer and place that into a cup of some sort and let drain gets all theose little things out of the oil.. learned that from my mama....


    7 years ago on Step 11

    I've used them to line flower pots when repotting indoor house plants so water flows into the saucer when watering from above but soil won't. They won't last forever, of course, but when they've decomposed enough that soil begins to flow through into the saucer, you'll know it's time to check the roots getting potbound. Your plants will appreciate it.


    7 years ago on Step 12

    I use them to help with drainage in the bottom of house plants, with or without small rocks or gravel. Works wonderfully


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I'm surprised this hasn't been pointed out yet, but you misspelled "Snack" on the title of step 11. You may want to check that out. :)

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I probably should have mentioned this first, but this is also a very nice instructable! I would have never thought of any of this. :)


    7 years ago on Step 2

    I used them to cover the intakes on laptops in the middle east ... kept 90% of the dust out but let the air through

    Coffee filters are good to place in the bottom of a planter to cover the holes before adding gravel or potting soil to keep soil from running out.

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    i use coffee filters to make home made cream cheeses by filtering sour milk, yogurt and alike milk products. The liquid i save in a glass is great to use in breads and cupcakes, it makes them super soft and fluffy.