Paper towels are a must-have in the kitchen for cleaning up spills, but did you know they come in handy for a few other things as well? Here are six creative uses for paper towels that can help you get through a day, and even save you a few bucks.
1. Keep greens and herbs fresh.
Lettuce, herbs, chard, and other greens tend to wilt in the fridge. Add a moist paper towel to the bag you keep them in and notice how much longer they’ll last. The paper towel holds moisture to maintain a comfortable humidity level without making the greens damp, which can cause them to rot.
2. Make your own baby wipes.
Water, paper towels, coconut oil and baby wash—that’s all you need to make your own wipes, saving you big bucks at the store.
3. Prevent frozen bread from getting soggy.
Ever stick a loaf of bread in the freezer for later, thaw it out, and discover that your slices are all soggy? Try adding a paper towel to the bag before freezing. When you do that, it’ll collect the moisture as the bread is thawing and wick it away, keeping your loaf nice and fresh.
4. Use as an emergency coffee filter.
Don’t you hate it when you go to make a pot of coffee and you discover that you’re out of filters? No worries—if you have a paper towel in the house, it can serve in a pinch.
5. De-silk an ear of corn.
Corn on the cob is delish, but it can be a pain to clean. Here’s how to make it easier: Shuck an ear of corn, then wipe it in a single stroke from top to bottom with a dampened paper towel. The silk will come right off.
6. Prevent cast iron skillets from rusting.
Place paper towels between your cast iron pots and pans in the cupboard—they’ll absorb moisture, keeping your cookware rust-free.
What are some creative ways that you use paper towels? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.