Kitchen Hacks - 19 Great Uses For Paper Towels
Paper towels are your kitchen staple, cleaning up spill after spill... after spill! But they have a lot more uses than you may realise that will save time and money. Check out these game-changing paper towel tricks to see how:
1. Drain the fat off the top of your broth by using a bit of paper towel to absorb it.
2. Wrap herbs and veggies in some paper towel to keep them fresh for longer.
3. Need to clean inside the cogs of your tin opener? Close the cogs around a sheet of paper towel and wind it through to get the grime off!
4. Wrap a sheet of damp paper towel around various bottles or cans and place in the freezer for 15 minutes to help them chill quicker.
5. Wrap a small piece of paper towel around the neck of an oil bottle and secure it with a rubber band to prevent drips.
6. Place just-cooked bacon on paper towels to soak up the excess grease.
7. Cast iron pans are expensive, and they require some tender loving care. After use, wipe them down with paper towels to remove oil and food, and consider storing them interleaved with paper towels if you're not hanging them up, ensuring that rust won't arrive.
8. Drop a few drops of essential oils on the cardboard tube inside of your paper towel roll for an instant kitchen air freshener.
9. Hurt yourself and no ice pack? Place a wet paper towel in the freezer for a few minutes, and then mould it around your sore hand for instant relief.
10. Place a sheet of paper towel under your empty gravy boat to easily catch spills when transferring hot gravy from the stovetop.
11. It’s time for dessert and you run out of coffee filters? Use a paper towel instead!
12. Place a damp paper towel on top of the salad in a bowl or in a freezer bag to keep it fresh for up to one week.
13. Need to sweep and run out of sweeper pads? Before and after the festivities, use a dry paper towel for dust or a damp paper towel with a multi-surface cleaner and mop away!
14. Ever wonder how to clean a waffle iron or similar small appliance because the darn cord is attached? Use a damp paper towel to clean your unplugged appliance!
15. Don’t discard left over pasta and rice - instead, reheat it with a wet paper towel on top to prevent coming out dry or hard.
16. Remove crayon marks and other wax by setting a paper towel over the wax stain and run an iron over it on low. The paper towel will absorb the crayon, while also protecting the iron. This works best on hard surfaces like chalkboards, but you can use it on upholstery and carpets too!
17. Ever stick a loaf of bread in the freezer for later, thaw it out, and discover that you have a soggy mess? Try adding a paper towel to the bag before freezing. When you do that, it'll collect the moisture and wick it away from the bread, keeping your loaf nice and fresh.
18. Clean stainless steel appliances in a jiffy before your guests arrive by spraying WD-40 on a paper towel and wiping them down.
19. To clean the microwave oven, place two damp paper towel inside, turn it on "high" for three minutes. The steam from the towels will soften the grime, then use the cool paper towels to wipe down the inside of the microwave.
On top of everything, paper towels are biodegradable and planet-friendly! Paper contains a lot of carbon, and that makes it great for the so-called "brown" content in your compost management system. After you've used a paper towel, compost it to help maintain the carbon balance in your compost and aerate the pile. The paper towel's fluffiness encourages air pockets to form, supporting the growth of beneficial microorganisms, so you'll have nice, healthy, beautiful compost.
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- Georgina Roberts