I’m a reporter so to say I value newspapers is an understatement. I appreciate being able to fold the paper and read while sipping on a cup of hot coffee. But other than recycling it, what can be done with it? The answer is LOTS. Some of the tips I’ve used myself and others I researched online. I wanted to compile a unique list for you with some tried and true uses and some maybe you’ve never heard of, so here goes:
- Turn off the barbecue, allow it to cool. Soak newspaper in water and place the sheets over the warm grill. Close the lid and walk away for about an hour. Afterward remove the newspaper and wipe off the grill.
Veggie drawer liner
- Line sheets of newspaper in the bottom of the vegetable crisper drawer of your refrigerator. The newspaper will absorb odors and keep the drawer dry.
Pick up broken glass
- Once you pick up the larger pieces then use several sheets of wet paper and blot the area to pick up shards of glass. The shards will stick to the paper.
- Individually wrap tomatoes, leave them out at room temperature. You can also wrap hard avocados to soften them.
- Use a few sheets of moistened, crumpled newspaper to clean up spills in the oven.
Catch car leaks
- Use layers of newspaper to prevent oil or other fluid stains on your garage floor.
- Place newspaper in a paper shredder and use the strands in gift bags.
- Place tightly wadded newspaper into a purse, hat or shoes to keep its form.
Deodorize food containers
- Stuff balled up pieces of newspaper into a lunch box, thermos or plastic food containers, seal it and let sit overnight. This can also be done to draw out musty odors from old suitcases, briefcases or duffel bags.
- Use newspaper to wipe clean mirrors and windows.
Dry rain-soaked shoes
- Stuff loosely wadded newspaper into the shoes, which will help absorb moisture as well as allow the shoes to dry much faster.
- Keep a pile of newspaper near the entryway during the winter to catch water from slushy, wet boots or place layers of newspaper on the floor mat inside the car to keep the carpet cleaner.
Preserve fruit longer
- Keep apples from rotting by putting them in a dry place and wrapping in old newspaper.
Prevent ice on windshields
- During the winter when there is ice or snow out, place newspapers on the windshield to prevent the windows from icing over.
Clean frying pan
- Before you wash your pan that was used to deep fry, wipe it with one or two wads of newspaper. The newspaper will soak up some of that oil and make it easier to wash.