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14 Ways to Reuse Coffee Filters

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ways to reuse coffee filters

Many of these ideas call for used, dried coffee filters, and it’s easy as pie to dry them out! Just hang them from a string with a clothespin. Since coffee can stain, make sure that you have a rag underneath the filters that you’re drying or that you hang them over the sink or outside.

1. Compost them. Just like coffee grounds, you can add unbleached coffee filters right to the bin.

2. Make coffee filter flowers. Rinse and dry your old filters and turn them into pretty flowers! This tutorial calls for new filters, but used ones will work just as well.

3. Polish your shoes. Rub dark brown shoes with damp, used coffee filters to make them shine.

4. Assemble a mini notebook. Hang the pages to dry, then cut them up to make a miniature notebook. Follow these instructions on how to make a notepad. It calls for junk mail, but your old coffee filters will work just as well and give your book’s pages a tea-stained look.

5. Sew up some tea bags. Dry the filters, then cut into 3″ squares. Use your sewing machine to sew or hand-stitch three sides all the way around, fill with loose tea, then sew the open side closed.

Related Reading: Are tea bags really compostable?

6. Use as emergency cupcake pan liners. Were you mid-batter when you realized that you were out of cupcake pan liners? Cut up and cram pieces of a used coffee filter into your cupcake pan. For this tip, I’d choose a recipe that would go well with a little coffee flavor, just in case. Chocolate, vanilla, or orange would be great. Lime or lemon, maybe not.

7. Whip up an easy sachet – Dry out your coffee filter, fill it up with nice-smelling herbs, and seal with a rubber band for an instant sachet that will make your room smell great!

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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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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


8:22PM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

To the woman who said that filters remove the cholesterol from coffee, there IS NO cholesterol in coffee. Cholesterol is found only in animal products. Wherever did you get this idea?
We don't compost as such, but we do bury all of our plant garbage in our yard to use as fertilizer; the coffee filters get buried along with the grounds. We must be doing something right because when we dig up the soil, we also find nice some fat, happy worms in there! ;-)

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