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Coffee filters do more than make coffee

Just like salt and marshmallows, coffee filters have a lot of uses beyond the obvious. Here are 10 that will have you heading to the kitchen to grab some.

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​Soften a flash

The flash on your camera can cast harsh shadows and bright spots on your subject. You can soften your flash by taping a coffee filter in front of it. Or, you can just hold a filter over the flash if you can't stand the idea of tape touching your camera.

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Make a fast snack bowl for the kiddos

When you're babysitting someone else's kids, you may not have any kid-sized bowls in the cupboard. Coffee filters are just the right size. Fill them with pretzels, chips, cut veggies or popcorn and toss it when they're done.

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​Prevent splatters in the microwave

Cover bowls or plates with a coffee filter to prevent splatters when you're heating up leftovers.

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​Store your china safely

Flatten out a coffee filters and place them in-between china when you stack them in cabinets. This will prevent scratching.

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​Filter wine

Cork crumble into your wine? Filter out the bits of cork by pouring your wine through a coffee filter nestled in your wine glass.

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Use it for slick spreading

When you need to spread butter or oil on to a baking pan, use a coffee filter. It doesn't leave lint behind like paper towels or cheesecloth.

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​Use them for gardening

You can put a filter in the bottom of your flower pots to keep soil from seeping out of the drainage holes when you water your plants. Just make sure that the filter covers the drainage holes. For bigger pots you may need to line the bottom with several filters.

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​Stop drips

Slip the stick of a popsicle through a filter to catch icky drips before they run down your hand.

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​Filter vodka

You can make vodka taste better by filtering it through a coffee filter several times. Just use a rubber band to secure a filter to the mouth of a jar or glass and pour it though. Using a water pitcher filter takes less time and produces better quality, though.

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​Use as a paper towel substitute

Out of paper towels? Coffee filters work great for cleaning glass and windows without leaving lint residue or streaks.

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