Coffee filters can be used for more than filtering coffee. You will be amazed at the many other uses for coffee filters. These creative ideas are both money and time savers, and who doesn’t like saving money or time for that matter? Once you see the wide array of ideas you are sure to come up with a bunch more.


Here are a few ideas for putting your coffee filters to use:

  1. Coffee filters can be used as disposable bowls for snacks such as popcorn, chips or crackers, allowing you to save time.
  2. You can use these filters if you run out of paper towels to clean windows, and they do an excellent job.  To be honest, newspaper also works very well if needed.
  3. Heat up leftovers in the microwave and cover them with a filter. This will help keep your microwave clean.  Again, something like kitchen paper towels works perfectly too, might be a little cheaper, so have a think about this one.
  4. Use coffee filters to absorb grease from greasy foods, they do the job perfectly.
  5. Catch ice cream drips by using a coffee filter as an ice cream cone holder, it will absorb the mess.
  6. Use like a Kleenex when you don’t have a tissue, it will get the job done when you are in a pinch.  Get it?  Pinch, as in pinch your nose… ok, I will get my coat.
  7. Keep a few coffee filters in the boot of your car, and you will be able to check the fluids with ease and avoid the mess.
  8. Use them to clean your glasses, they actually work really well and will not leave any lint on the lenses.
  9. Make an air freshener by adding some baking soda and using a twist tie to secure the contents. Then put them in all the places you need to freshen up.  This is actually a great idea and works really well.
  10. Use as small bowls to divide ingredients to ease the mess in the kitchen and making cleaning a breeze.
  11. Use coffee filters to polish your shoes, this will keep them nice and shiny.
  12. Use them when you are packing breakable dishes, this will help protect them better than newspaper.  Great if you have no bubble wrap in the house or have not shopped at Amazon recently as they always tend to send tons of packaging you can re-use.
  13. Use coffee filters as coffee cup covers when you are re-heating coffee to avoid any spilling or splashing. This will help keep your microwave looking its best.  Or use a filter coffee maker with a hot plate to keep it warm all the time!  Just saying…
  14. You can use them to protect your counter when you are cutting vegetables, they will help make sure you are slicing the vegetables and not your counter.
  15. Coffee filters can be used to help diffuse the brightness of the flash on your camera. This will help ensure that you get the best picture possible.  Personally, I like this idea and it works really well, so if you are a photographer, give it a try.
  16. Great gardening tip – Put a filter in the bottom of your flower pot containers, over the drainage holes. This keeps the soil from leaving the container while still allowing water to run through it.
  17. Beauty tips – Soak filters in brewed tea or even just plain water and chill. Fold them and use as a cold compress for puffy eyes.
  18. A coffee filter is perfect for spreading oil or butter on a cooking pan since a coffee filter’s fibers won’t break off in your oils like a napkin’s would.
  19. Cut up a stack of filters, place them in a small tin and you’ve got a set of face blotters perfect for your purse and last-minute shine control.
  20. Make skirts for Barbies.  We love this idea at home.
  21. Line the bottom of biscuit tins and keep them nice and fresh.
  22. This is one of my favorites! Dampen a coffee filter with some white vinegar and a few drops of your favorite essential oil and use as a substitute for a dryer sheet in your washer/dryer. Your clothes will come out smelling fresh and the coffee filter reduces static.  Superb use and one of my favourites.

To Sum It Up

Coffee filters can be used for many things that you may never have thought of and trust me, I had not thought of using them for half of the ideas above.  So be sure to take advantage of all these extra household ideas, and you will indeed save time and money.