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6. As origami paper. Cut your newspaper into squares and get folding! Newsprint is great at holding folds. Just be gentle, since it’s a bit more prone to tearing than store bought origami paper.

7. In the fridge. Keep the bottom of the veggie drawer from getting nasty by lining it with newspaper. It will absorb liquid and odors.

8. For ripening fruit. If you’ve picked up some under-ripe peaches, avocados, or other fruit, wrap them in newspaper to ripen them more quickly. Paper bags also work for this.

9. Shine on. Give the shine back to your stainless steel sink by gently scrubbing it with wadded up, wet newspaper.

10. Compost it. Newspaper makes great bedding for a worm bin. Tear into strips and let those red wigglers turn it into gardening gold!


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Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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9:45PM PST on Dec 25, 2013

interesting tips...will use newspapers to ripen my avocados

7:37PM PST on Dec 5, 2013

Interesting ideas, thank you.

7:37PM PST on Dec 5, 2013

Interesting ideas, thank you.

5:41AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Thanks .

1:32PM PST on Nov 9, 2013

Good ideas,thanks for sharing

2:24AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013


4:53PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Great tips! Thanks!

7:48AM PDT on Oct 5, 2012


8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Will certainly try a newspaper out and see if it shines up my sink, never tried that one before.
I do put it on the bottom of the veggie crisper, always helps if something leaks.
Am not sure if I would want to use it as fuel in the fireplace though as the inks likely have a lot of chemicals in it.
So many different uses can be applied, delightful!

9:07AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

All great tips, especially the fridge & shelter ones.
I also use newspaper to cover forniture's upper sides (above the closet, for instance) and high shelves, so the dust remains on the newspaper which I change after some time, and it is easier to keep them clean.

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