Surprisingly Genius Ideas for Using Coffee Filters

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Coffee Filters are handy for so much more than just your morning brew. Their simple shape and lint-free design makes them helpful in lots of other ways. Think crafts ideas, cleaning projects &  much more.

Surprisingly Genius Ideas for Using Coffee Filters

Coffee Filters is the other multi-use product.  For over 6 months or so, I have been using the filters from my previous coffee maker. Rest in Peace, old faithful friend. I am now the proud owner of a Single Cup machine.  I started coming up with some things to do with them instead of tossing them.

They are easy to use, disposable, environmentally friendly, and are also quite cheap. I am sure you must be having that extra unused box of paper coffee filters in your house. Even if you’re not a coffee drinker, you might want to consider picking up a package of coffee FILTERS the next time you go shopping.

They are extremely economical to buy and there are SO many uses for this coffee-making essential that have nothing to do with coffee!


I love being able to Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave.  They can protect against food splatter. Less cleaning up. Always a plus in my book. When you are done using it, simply toss it in the trash.

Cleaning With Coffee Filters

Cleaning windows and mirrors. They’re great for cleaning glass because they leave no lint behind.

When the weather starts to warm up and it is time to clean the outside of our windows, I use coffee filters. Be ready to be amazed.

Protect Fragile Items

Separate your good dishes by putting a coffee filter between each dish and stacking them neatly. It protects them from getting scratched. In fact, you can use this for other items around your house, not just fragile things, such as pots & pans.

Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust as well as protect other pots from receiving oil from the pan when stacked.

Serving Snacks

Coffee filters make quick and easy snack bowls for kids or messy adults. They can be your most eco-friendly choice for setting out candy or snacks. You can even use them to separate items on a large platter.  This is one of my favorite uses.

Don’t forget these also make great Pet Food Dishes. On the go, pack a few filters.

Make Dryer Sheets Out of Them

Put a couple of drops of fabric softener on the coffee filter, rub it around to spread the softener, and use it as a dryer sheet.

If you use eco-friendly filters (and re-use them as many times as you possibly can, which is quite a few), this method is cheaper than any eco-friendly dryer sheets.

Helps with Fridge Smells

Place baking soda center of a coffee filter, close it up, and use it in the fridge as an absorber. Uses less baking soda, than the full box and can be easily tossed.

Weighing out Food

Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on top of a kitchen scale. Viola! No need to dirty another plate. This comes in handy during baking seasoning. Measuring your ingredients can become a hassle. Not anymore. 

In Flower Pots

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. This is one of my favorite tricks. It will only last for the season before the paper eventually gives out, but seasonally it is a big helper. 

Draining Greasy Foods

Place a few coffee filters under fries or bacon on a plate to soak up excess grease. They’re the perfect shape and size to fit on a large plate! Plus the quality of the paper makes it an excellent absorbent. Say goodbye to greasy foods.

Making Crafts

The ideas of using coffee filters as crafts are endless. I have spotted a lot of good ideas on Pinterest from making flowers, and pretty snowflakes to wreaths. The list goes on and on. Let your creative spark run. 

DIY Tea Sachet

Have loose tea and want to make tea? Take a coffee filter and tie up that loose tea using a rubber band. Problem solved. Seep as usual. They do come in handy. 

Shoe Odor Absorber

Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert it into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors. Fill a coffee filter with 1/4 cup baking soda and simply tie off the other end to make a seal. To keep the shoe deodorizer working well, the baking soda will need to be changed monthly.

Filter Out Pulp

You can use a filter to help remove the pulp from freshly squeezed orange juice. I love pulp in my OJ, but my hubby says he prefers not to chew his juice 😉 

Polish or Shine Leather Shoes

You may not need to polish your leather shoes or boots, but you definitely will want to protect them in some way from excess water. In a pinch, you can use filters to add on waterproofer or polish, then toss when done. 

OH YEAH, they still work great as plain old coffee filters. Tell us is there a fun way you like to use coffee filters?

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  1. For organizing quilt block pieces – each block can be cut, stacked, and organized on its own coffee filter. Then pick up 3 or 4 filters and head for the sewing machine. Each block can be laid out before stitching so assembly is correct! A pattern I was using suggested organizing on paper plates. Filters worked great and saved and stored easily for my next project.

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