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!