Re-use your newspaper

A Dozen Value Added Uses for Your Newspaper at No Cost to You!

1. Deodorize food containers.  Stuff a balled-up piece of newspaper into a lunchbox or thermos, seal it, and let it sit overnight.

2. Ripen tomatoes.  Wrap them individually and leave them out at room temperature.

3. Pack delicate items. Wrap frames and figurines with several pieces of newspaper, and then crumple the remaining sections to fill extra space in the box.

4. Wipe away tough streaks on glass. Use newspaper with cleaning fluid to clean mirrors and windows.

5. Preserve antique glass.  Some older frames have finishes on the glass that can be damaged by cleaning solutions.  Remove smudges by rubbing with newspaper dipped in a solution of one part white vinegar and one part warm water.  Let air-dry.

6. Dry shoes.  Place crumpled paper in them overnight.

7. Wrap gifts.  Use the comics to wrap a child’s birthday gift, or try the wedding announcements for an engagement gift.

8. Cover plants during a frost.

9. Prepare a garden.  In the fall, mow a patch of lawn to make room for a dedicated bed.  Cover it with four layers of newspaper, then a four-inch layer of shredded leaves or bark mulch.  Hose it down.  Come spring, the compost blanket will have smothered the grass roots, and the bed will be primed for planting.

10.  Keep the refrigerator vegetable drawer dry and free of smells.  Line the bottom with the newspaper.

11.  Protect table when children are painting or gluing

12.  Use as a knee pad when gardening or scrubbing floors

13. Donate excess papers to your local SPCA or Humane Society.

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