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14 Ways to Reuse Coffee Filters

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14 Ways to Reuse Coffee Filters

Do you have a bit of a coffee habit? Don’t toss out those paper filters! Check out these cool ways to reuse them instead.

Motherhood doesn’t come with a lot of sleep, and lately I’ve gone from my old half a cup in the afternoon habit to drinking 2-3 cups of coffee per day. Life doesn’t stop just because your baby wakes you up in the middle of the night, I’m discovering. All of that coffee-drinking has me looking for ways to reuse my coffee filters.

Related Reading: 15 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

One option, of course, is to replace the paper filter with a reusable one. When we were using a conventional drip machine, we had a gold filter, and I loved it! Nothing to buy, nothing to store, nothing to dispose of. Now that we are making Chemex coffee in the mornings, though, we are back on the paper.

We’ve tried reusable Chemex filters, and they all kind of suck. The coffee always turns out too weak or way, way too strong. If anyone knows of a good reusable Chemex filter, I would love to hear about it. Reusable is always the best option!

If you’re also using paper coffee filters, check out these ways that you can reuse them!

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Becky Striepe

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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10:12AM PST on Jan 8, 2015

Nice ideas, a festive idea for next years holidays would be to turn your reusable filters into Christmas trees. Stack them on top of one another and add some decorations. They look pretty cool. I posted the image of our coffee filter tree on our Facebook. My page is Crucial Coffee Supply.

Also, if you're feeling guilty about the amount of waste you get when brewing constantly with paper filters you could go the stainless steel route even for your Chemex. No waste at the end of your brew and you get a real good cup of coffee from it.

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Thanks for the handy tips and ideas.

2:21PM PDT on Oct 15, 2014


12:31PM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Thank you

8:57AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Love the comments this one generated. Thanks one and all for your great suggestions too.

2:51PM PDT on Oct 9, 2013

Interesting! I will try to polish my shoes and compost it. Thank you for sharing.

4:36AM PDT on Oct 9, 2013

I think life's too short for many of these - I just compost them.

6:22PM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

I have a reusable filter, and a french press coffee maker. Both are great for not having a filter to throw away. However, the grounds are still there and can be composted or used to spread around the garden plants for various reasons. I hate having to put them down the garbage disposal, but sometimes that's the only thing left to do with them, having gone through all other uses.

9:14AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Priceless! Love these ideas! I really love paper crafts so there is an endless pool of ideas for re-using used paper coffee filters really. The only one that pops to mind though is ... used filter heart cut-out bookmarks! ^_^ After all coffee and books have a long love life together!

6:25AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

I place the used grounds right onto my flower garden instead of fertilizer. My flowers are thriving!
But I have to confess, that hanging used filters up to dry, is just a bit much for me.

6:05AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013


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