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10 Uses for Coffee Filters

They're a must-have item in the kitchen, of course. But lint-free, tear-resistant coffee filters are mighty handy in the workshop—and pretty much everywhere else.

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Coffee Filters

They're a must-have item in the kitchen, of course. But lint-free, tear-resistant coffee filters are mighty handy in the workshop—and pretty much everywhere else.

1. Prevent Rust

Place a coffee filter inside a cast-iron skillet to absorb excess moisture when it's not in use.

2. Keep Hardware Organized

Pile nails, screws, and fasteners into separate coffee filters while you're working, to keep them from rolling off the table.

3. Make an Air Freshner

Place a tablespoon of baking soda in the center of a coffee filter and tie it closed with twine. Stash the packet in the fridge to absorb odors.

4. Keep Windows Clear

Spray panes with glass cleaner, then wipe away with a doubled-up coffee filter. No lint, no streaks.

5. Fix a Wobbly Leg

Fold a coffee filter several times, cut to size if needed, and tuck it into the space between a loose table leg and the tabletop.

6. Strain Solvents

Got paint thinner with residue floating in it? Strain it through a coffee filter into a clean container, then safely dispose of the filter and residue after they've dried out.

7. Make Houseplants Less Messy

Line flowerpots and planters with coffee filters to stop soil from falling through the drainage hole.

8. Absorb Spills on Upholstery

Use coffee filters to blot liquids off sofas or fabric car seats. They won't leave lint behind like paper towels do.

9. Prep a Stain

To darken a stain, leave the can open for one week, then strain the stain through a coffee filter to remove surface dust before applying it.

10. Shine Shoes

Use a coffee filter to buff your favorite pair of loafers (or heels). For brown shoes, a used filter will work—just let it dry first.