Sometimes it’s the cheapest things that can be the most useful. And that’s certainly true with paper coffee filters!
Costing just a few cents each, easy to store, and long lasting; any smart prepper should keep a good supply of filters in their storage area.
Over at Back Door Survival, they’ve got a solid list of 29 prepping uses for coffee filters. Here are the first ten from their list:
1. Substitute rag or paper towel
Use a coffee filter as a makeshift rag. Unlike paper towels, coffee filters are lint free and take up very little space. They are also dirt cheap.
2. Keeping insects away from food
When cooking or dining outdoors, cover your plates and bowls of food with coffee filters to keep the flying insects at bay.
3. Pre-filter collected water
When collecting water, you will likely find some sediment, leaves, twigs or other undesirable matter in the water. Pre-filter collected water using a coffee filter then process as you normally would, typically by boiling or by the use of a filtering system.
4. Make a disposable plate or bowl
If you are bugging out or on the run, plates and bowls, even disposables, may be scarce. Dry foods can be eaten directly from a coffee filter bowl held in your hands. Heavier foods, even those that are moist, can be supported by a paper of plastic plate or bowl. When done, throw out the filter and your plate or bowl is still clean enough to use for the next meal. Saves cleanup and even more important, saves water.
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A makeshift bowl for dog food.
5. Keep small hardware items organized
Nails, screws and all manner of fix-it items are good to have on hand in your survival kit. Secure them in little bundles made of coffee filters. Tie off the bundles with some paracord since that will be useful too.
6. Keep your specs spotlessly clean
You don’t need fancy liquid products to clean your glasses and, as a matter of fact, some products can also damage the coatings on specialized lenses. (I know – it happened to me.) The next time you need to clean your glasses, try using a coffee filter with a bit of plain water. Your glasses will come clean and will be lint-free. You can also use a coffee filter to safely clean cell phone. E-reader and computer screens.
7. Protect your cast iron skillets from rust
Nothing can be more discouraging to the cast iron maven then to find a bit of rust on your well-seasoned cast iron skillet. You can help prevent this by putting some coffee filters in the skillet when it’s not in use. The filter will absorb moisture and prevent rusting.
8. Emergency toilet paper
No TP? No worries. A coffee filter will work just fine – just don’t flush it down a toilet – remember, this is for emergency use.
9. Pet pooper scoopers
Ditto for pet pooper scoopers. Coffee filter work like a little glove for taking care of your pet’s business. Great on the hiking trails or even indoors when Fido has a little accident. You can also use a coffee filter to wipe a messy tush – if you have to.
10. Keep potting soil where it belongs – in the pot
Before placing soil in a pot, cover the hole in the bottom with a coffee filter. This will prevent the soil from leaking out and yet will allow the excess water to drain properly.
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