11 Ways To Reuse Newspaper Around The House

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  1. Picture of Newspapers - Tipnut.comUse sheets of newspaper to wash your windows, glass table tops and mirrors. Just spray on window cleaner then wipe clean with a sheet of newspaper.
  2. Use in messy cleanup jobs like cleaning the oven, use sheets of crumpled newspaper to wipe up most of the gunk before wiping down with a soapy wet sponge.
  3. Pack newspapers in damp or smelly luggage, stinky plastic containers or smelly fridge to absorb odors. Great to do when packing away camping coolers for the winter, stuff them with newspapers so they won’t stink in the Spring.
  4. Roll newspaper tight and use as firestarters.
  5. Use to wrap parcels and gifts, the cartoon section is popular with the kiddos.
  6. Pack unripened fruit with newspaper to help them ripen quicker.
  7. Painting jobs: lay newspapers on the floor to catch paint splatters, wet sheets of paper and stick on windows when painting window trim, no more splatters on window glass to wipe up.
  8. Line trash cans, use newspapers to line worm bins, line the bottom of a cat litter tray before adding cat litter, makes cleanup easier. Also use to line pet cages.
  9. Lay sheets of newspapers in garden beds about 1/4″ inch thick before covering with wood chips, mulch or decorative rocks, will help prevent weed growth. Make sure to thoroughly moisten the newspaper before covering with the mulch so they stay in place.
  10. Make garden seed starting pots, see: How To Make Seed Starting Pots From Newspaper.
  11. Cook fish on a campfire (found at bottom of page).

See also 20 Things You Can Use Twice Before Tossing.

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Published: June 30, 2008

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6 Comments to “11 Ways To Reuse Newspaper Around The House”
  1. Beverly says:

    We shred our newspaper and use for the guinea pig’s cage, then put used stuff in the compost pile.
    Cheap and safe for our pet and excellent way to balance the kitchen “green” materials in the compost.

  2. Dennise says:

    Use newspaper to stuff washed tennis shoes. It helps the shoe keep it’s original shape.

  3. Pierrette Gosselin says:

    Spring Cleaning, once you’ve cleaned the top of your kitchen cabinets (open shelf facing ceiling) fold sheets of newpaper to the size of the shelf, and place all along the shelf. It collects dust and grease from frying. No more scrubbing.

    Next time you spring clean, it will be quick and easy. Just roll the dirty sheets of newspaper together, throw away, then give your shelf a fast wipe and replace with clean newspaper.

  4. Kelly says:

    we had ferrets until recently and we saved all newspaper for their litter box. we ONLY used newspaper, several layers and changed it twice a day. NO MORE PAYING for $$expensive$$ ferret litter! It worked wonderfully!! We also used it for our hamster until he passed away. We put newspaper on the bottom of his cage and then put some shredded paper from our paper shredder for him to nest in. VERY ECONOMICAL and easy to clean. Just roll it up and throw away. We also used it when we were fostering guinea pigs, underneath the aspen shavings. We had MANY pets with LITTLE expense! If you cannot use it around the house with one of these great tips, PLEASE recycle your paper, most local recyle agencies take paper-ALL FORMS- milk cartons, juice cartons, junk mail, cracker boxes, cereal boxes, any and all paper goes into a paper bag to set out at the curb for the recycle truck every week. You will be amazed how much paper gets recycled in ONE week. And to think all of that once went in the trash!
    I love all of the recycle crafts and tips on this website. I love having it all in one place !! thank you!!

  5. Tina says:

    I’ve always used newspapers for cleaning windows, it doesn’t leave linty stuff behind like paper towels do, and a spray bottle filled with a vinegar/water solution works great too. I put a layer of newspaper in the bottom of the veggie drawer in the fridge to soak up any watery stuff that leaks out of the veggies. Also, I put a layer of newspaper in the bottom of the trash bag in the waste basket to soak up any drips so you don’t drip all the way from the waste basket to the trash can outside and have something to clean up when you come back inside.

  6. janet says:

    Stuff wet sneakers, boots, etc. with newspaper. It will abosrb all the moisture and shoes will dry much faster!


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