25 Uses For Coffee Filters

25 Uses For Coffee Filters

When you go to the dollar store, you will see them on the shelf, and though some of us have coffee pots that do not require those white coffee filters, we buy them. Why do we get them though? They actually have a ton of uses and take up such little space the fact that we don’t carry them should be discussed.

Personally, I had some left over from purchasing a coffee pot that did not require them. Then, looking through my cabinet one day I found them and wanted to know what I could use them for. This is what I found:

  • Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.
  • Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free, so they will leave windows sparkling.
  • Protect china by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.
  • Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
  • Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
  • Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
  • Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
  • Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
  • Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
  • 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.
  • Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.
  • Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters.
  • Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. The filters soak out all the grease.
  • Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."
  • As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.
  • Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.
  • Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.
  • Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.
  • Use them as a spoon rest while cooking, and to clean up small counter spills.
  • Use them to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.
  • Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.
  • Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.
  • 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.
  • Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book.
  • Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.


You can throw some into your go bag to start a fire, and there are many uses in camping like putting your food on them.


Is there something you use coffee filters for? If so, let us know!



  • Michael Schabow

    If you double them, can they be used for face masks?

  • Cinda

    This was great information. Also heard if a thin layer placed over nails and Nail hardener Ise they strengthen the nails.

  • Peter Perrino

    They are good to add an extra layer of Protection for face masks !

  • Kenneth Krieb

    I use coffee filters to ‘pre-screen’ water before running the water through my water filter. The coffee filters get the big stuff out of the water and prevents clogging up your water filter.

  • Meathead

    Filter lake/stream water before purifying it. Takes out the sediment and prolongs the life of the filter.

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