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80 Uses for Old Newspaper

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Part of the FYI series by my mother.

Eighty Uses for Old Newspaper

1. use as umbrella when caught in rain.

2. protect car seats from muddy or clothing.

3. spread over outdoor benches to protect clothing.

4. put into loose shoes to tighten or if rough.

5. stuff in leather shoes to preserve shape.

6. stuff in wet shoes overnight to dry and deodorize.

7. crumple and place in suitcase for couple of weeks to remove stale odors.

8. use as mat when polishing shoes or doing messy work.

9. stuff hats to keep their shape.

10. stuff leather handbags in storage.

11. wrap around candle bottoms so they'll fit holders tighter.

12. store plates between sheets.

13. use as padding under a table cloth.

14. cover windows of new home until you get binds up.

15. cover furniture when away on vacation.

16. cover furniture when sanding or painting.

17. spread on floor underneath rug when shampooing.

18. dampen and spread over window-panes before painting.

19. use to dry and polish window after washing.

20. dampen a bit and use to clean computer keys.

21. make a hat to protect hair when painting.

22. fold to make a sheath for a knife before placing in drawer.

23. place in closed windows to eliminate wind rattle.

24. stuff under doors and in cracks to stop cold wind from coming in.

25. use as a bounce reflector when taking flash photographs or use to reflect sunlight

26. place a sheet in jar tops to tighten loose lids. (Memories of the 50’s canning jars)

27. line waste baskets.

28. make dress patterns from old favorite clothing.

29. protect table when children are painting or gluing.

30. use as wallpaper for a doll house.

31. make paper chains.

32. make paper dolls or party hats.

33. make Paper Mache handicrafts.

34. clean wind shield wiper blades on car.

35. wrap gifts with comics.

36. occupy children by letting them color and paint the cartoons.

37. make a child's play tent.

38. use to raise height of child at table.

39. use as a stepstool.

40. cut out articles and make a scrap book on a specific. subject of interest to you.

41. emergency pot holder.

42. use to remove heavy grease from oven.

43. emergency dust pan.

44. roll, secure in middle with elastic and fringe one end to use to get rid of cobwebs.

45. crumple and start fires.

46. use as a fan to make fires burn better.

47. sharpen pencils by rubbing the point on newspaper.

48. muffle a loud alarm clock.

49. muffle the sound of appliance or machine by using as a mat underneath.

50. place under heavy objects on wooden tables.

51. spread out between garden rows to discourage weeds.

52. use to wrap green tomatoes to ripen.

53. cover plants during a frost.

54. use as a knee pad when gardening or scrubbing floors.

55. roll and use as a funnel.

56. roll and use as a torch.

57. roll and use as a megaphone outdoors. (calling your kids?)

58. use folded sheets as a fan to keep cool.

59. use as sun shade at spectator events.

60. use as a mat for tired standing feet.

61. shred and stuff in vases to help support fresh flowers.

62. put under car wheels when stuck in snow, mud or sand.

63. line storage boxes.

64. line bottom of bird cage.

65. line shelves.

66. tear in strips for kitty litter. Sprinkle baking soda for odor.

67. line a pet's sleeping box.

68. swat flies with rolled up sheets.

69. use to wipe paint brushes.

70. use as mat for wet, muddy boots.

71. shred and use for packing breakables.

72. wrap and store Christmas tree ornaments.

73. wrap around ice cream or frozen food to keep frozen.

74. roll around water or baby bottle to insulate to keep cold or hot.

75. use as a blotter to protect table for crafts or in kitchen.

76. put inside coat for emergency warmth.

77. place on top of snow with bird feed on it.

78. place on windshield to prevent icing.

79. make a litter bag for your car.

80. crumple (no colors) and place in plastic containers or refrigerator/freezer to eliminate odors.

My favorites:

1. Place a folded newspaper on a refrigerator shelve to protect it from heat, spills and odor control when refrigerating full bowls of soup, tomato sauce, etc.

2. Line vegetable drawer for odor control and moisture (spoiling); place newspaper on bottom of drawer (paper towel around so it doesn't strain plastic), wash vegetables, lay a clean dry dish towel under food and one towel over food. Avoids dealing with containers.

3. Peel vegetables, then gather up peels on paper and put in a compost pile or garbage.

4. Lay a folded paper at the bottom of the recycling can and layer on same to catch drips from rinsing. (We do not have to separate our recyclables.)
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80 Uses for Old Newspaper  Part of the FYI series by my mother.