Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Many uses for coffee filters

  • Print

Hi Reena,
Since most people have now switched to modern coffee makers, do you have any suggestions for the paper coffee filter? I’m sure there are loads of things we can do with them. Thank you,
Pearl

Great question Pearl!
Here are a few smart solutions for leftover coffee filters:
• Drop garden seeds in the middle of a filter, dampen the filter and fold to close, lay the filter inside of a sealable bag to allow for sprouting.
• Put filters inside plant pots to prevent soil spilling onto the floor.
• Fill filters with dry herbs and close with a twist tie. Drop herb packages into soup pots when making homemade soup.
• Coffee filters are good for polishing windows, TV screens and mirrors.
• After frying food, place a filter into a bowl and add food to absorb grease.
• Coffee filters make great taco holders.
• Fill coffee filters with baking soda and put them inside shoes to absorb odours.
• Instead of using paper towels to cover food in the microwave, use a coffee filter.
• Substitute dryer sheet: Put a few drops of liquid fabric softener or essential oils onto a coffee filter and toss into the dryer with clothes.

Dear Reena,
I am an elderly person, and over the years I have been given many ballpoint pens and refills. The see-through ones are full, however I can’t get any of them activated. Any suggestions on how to get the ink flowing again? Thank you for your help.
Rose Marie

Dear Rose Marie,
Begin by shaking the pen to loosen the solvent inside. Heat the tip with a hair dryer or hold it under hot water —doing this helps soften the ink. If you do not have the strength in your hand to scribble vigorously, ask someone else to take a crack at it, sometimes a few seconds of swirls on a paper or the bottom of a rubber shoe fixes pens.

Dear Reena,
I have beautiful handmade quilts made by my mother. She kept them in a plastic bag with mothballs. I would like to get rid of the odour. I don’t want to wash them and I can’t afford to have six of them dry-cleaned. These are to be given to my daughters and grandsons. Do you have any solutions?
Cecile

Dear Cecile,
Mothball smell is challenging to remove and even bringing the quilts to a dry-cleaner may not remove the smell. Without using a liquid solution, the smell will likely remain. Your best bet is to soak quilts in 50/50 white vinegar and water for five minutes. Check the colour to make sure that no colour runs. If the colour holds, repeat the vinegar and water soak, checking every five minutes to make sure the colour is not bleeding. Hang quilts in the sun to dry. Another option is to smear shaving cream onto quilts and wipe, but while the quilts will be clean, the smell will likely remain.

Feedback From Reader
Dear Reena,

I have a tip for removing smoke from the bricks on a fireplace. Our contractor told us the only solution he was aware of was acid. Having young children and a new carpet, we hesitated. One day I took a stiff, damp floor brush and toothpaste. A little scrubbing and the smoke came off. I wiped the bricks with a damp cloth to remove any toothpaste. I just used whatever brand of toothpaste we had at the time (it was something suitable for kids). Sincerely,
Gloria

CONTEST WINNER: Congratulations Muriel. Thanks to all who entered, you are wonderful!
Winning submission: "It was pouring rain, and I was complaining as I passed an elderly gentleman. ‘Yes, but nobody is shooting at you young lady’ he said. I was young then and I am now 69. I have never forgotten that and thank God every day that I do not live in a war-torn country. Canada is amazing!"
 
I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming. Missed a column? Can’t remember a solution? Need a motivational speaker for an upcoming event? Check out my website Reena.ca.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

Are you surprised drivers continue to flaunt laws against using cell phones while driving?

View Results