Coffee filters can be used for more than just filtering your morning coffee. In fact we found 14 different ways they can be used for survival purposes that you would never think of. If you can think of any other uses for coffee filters lets us know in the comment section. Check out the cool video below the article.
Article Courtesy Of WakeUpWorld.com
By Gaye Levy
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 water 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.
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.
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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.
11. Make an air freshener
To make an air freshener, fill a coffee filter with baking soda, twist-tie it shut (again, use a bit of paracord) and you are all set. The baking soda will absorb all kinds of nasty odors. Make several and tuck them into your backpack, shoes, ice chest, vehicle or tent and anyplace else that tends to get stinky smelly.
12. Make a cold compress
Soak filters in brewed tea or even just plain water and chill. Fold them up to fashion a cold compress when you have a headache or slight fever or even just to tame puffy eyes.
13. Make a bandage
If you have a small cut or even a razor nick, grab a piece off of a coffee filter and slap it on with pressure to stop the bleeding. Your coffee filter will work similar to a styptic pencil but without the stinging. Note: this is not a replacement for a decent first aid kit.
Read the rest of tips: http://wakeup-world.com/2013/03/03/28-ways-to-use-coffee-filters-for-survival/
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