Sunday, February 13, 2011

25 Uses for Coffee Filters

My friend Dee Ann sent me this e-mail and I thought it should be shared on this blog post. Some of the ideas for using coffee filters you probably already know, but some of them I had never thought of before. Coffee filters are really cheap.
#26 Uses should be............ If you have house guests that overstay their stay, replace the toilet paper in the guest bath with coffee filters. That will run the buggers OFF !
Coffee filters ..... Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 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.


My grandchildren have made butterflies out of a coffee filter, pipe cleaner, marker, clothes pin and magnetic strip. Color on the coffee filter with a marker, gather up the outer edges into the middle, clip together with the clothes pin, make antennas with the pipe cleaner and clip in the clothes pin with the coffee filter, attach magnetic strip to the underside of the clothes pin. This is a easy craft project for even the youngest children.

Do you have any other ideas for using coffee filters? Leave a comment on this blog post and share your ideas.


  1. I often use coffee filters in that plastic thingy - that you slide into the coffee pot. I usually put ground coffee in it too. :)

    Love these ideas! Especially the stinky sneakers one! ;)


  2. U can also use a coffee filter and "creamy" peanut butter to remove scratches out of a cd or dvd...look at me go. :-) Tiffiany