Coffee Hints


Saturday, 30 July 2016 10:42


REI Sporting Goods


Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

 As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliquéing soft fabrics.

As disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.

Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

Clean a restaurant grill. Pour left-over brewed coffee over a hot or cold grill and wipe clean.

Clean windows and mirrors.  Coffee filters are Lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave.

Cover spots on black suede. Sponge on a little black coffee.

Deodorize the refrigerator and freezer. Place a bowl filled with coffee grounds on the back shelf.

Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows?  Use strips of coffee filters.

 Dye fabric brown inexpensively. Soak the fabric in a bucket of strong black coffee. This technique is also a good way to cover up an un-removable coffee stain on a white table cloth.

Fertilize a garden or houseplants. Coffee grounds into the topsoil.

Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

Flavour spaghetti. Add one-quarter to one-half teaspoon of instant coffee to spaghetti sauce. Coffee gives store-bought spaghetti sauce brown colouring and a less acidic flavour.

Great in the tool room when separating nails and screws then use in to bottom of containers to remove moisture and prevent rust

Grow better melons. Raise melons off the ground by resting them on top of upside-down empty coffee cans pushed into the soil. The metal cans accumulate heat, making the fruit ripen earlier and repelling insects. Highlight brown or red hair. Rinse your hair with coffee for a rich and shiny colour.

Hold tacos.  Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

Holes: Prevent a Popsicle from dripping.  Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

Improvise a jelly mould. Use an empty coffee can.

Keep in the bathroom.  They make great "razor nick fixers."  Keep paintbrush bristles from bending while soaking in solvent. Put solvent in an empty coffee can, cut an X in the plastic lid, and push the brush handle up through the slit so the brush hangs in the can rather than resting on its bristles.

Keep toilet paper waterproof while camping. Carry a roll of toilet paper inside an empty coffee can.

Make emergency lights. Wrap reflector tape around a couple of empty coffee cans and store in the trunk of your car for emergencies.

Make stilts. String rope through holes punched in the closed ends of two empty coffee cans. Patch woodwork. Mix dry instant coffee with spackle paste until you achieve the desired brown tone, fill the crack or hole, and smooth with a damp cloth.

 Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

Prevent dampness in closets. Fill an empty coffee can with Kingsford Charcoal Briquets, punch holes in the plastic cover, and set on the floor in the back of the closet.

Protect a cast-iron skillet.  Place a coffee filter in the Skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

Protect baby tomato plants. Remove the top and bottom from coffee cans, place a can over each plant, and step on the can to set firmly in the soil. Remove cans when plants are a few weeks old.

Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken Fingers, etc on them.  Soaks out all the grease.

Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odours.

Recycle frying oil.  After frying, strain oil through a sieve Lined with a coffee filter.

 Relieve a hangover. Drink a couple of cups of coffee. Coffee acts as a vasoconstrictor, reducing the swelling of blood vessels that causes headache.

Repair scratched woodwork. Mix a teaspoon instant coffee with two teaspoons water. Apply to the scratch with a cotton ball.

Repel ants. Sprinkle dried coffee grounds outside doors and cracks. Coffee deters ants.

Spread grass seed or fertilizer. Punch holes in the bottom of an empty can of coffee, fill with grass seed or fertilizer, cover with the plastic lid, and shake the can as you walk through your garden.

Start a charcoal fire. Remove the top and bottom of an empty coffee can and punch a few holes in the sides of the can. Stand the can in your barbecue grill, fill it with charcoal briquets, add lighter fluid, and light. When the coals glow, remove the hot can with tongs and set in a safe place.

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

 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.

Store cat box filler in the trunk of your car for emergencies. Cat box filler, stored in empty coffee cans, can be used for traction under the wheels of a car stuck in snow or ice.

Store nails, screws, bolts, and washers. Coffee cans make perfect storage containers.

Transport live fishing bait. Keep worms in a coffee can fill with moist coffee grounds.

Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

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 it as a dye.

Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

 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 zip-lock plastic bag until they sprout.

Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

Weigh chopped foods.  Place chopped ingredients in a coffee Filter on a kitchen scale.

Wrap cookies and candies. Cover an empty coffee can with wrapping paper, fill with cookies or candy, cover with the plastic lid, then wrap.