From cleaning up spills to serving as impromptu coffee filters, bamboo paper towels have many conventional uses. Their unconventional uses, though, can make help out in a pinch and make life much easier.
Although these tips apply to a traditional paper towel roll as well, we prefer to focus on the bamboo variety. The sustainable benefits of bamboo combined with the delicate strength of its paper make it the premier material for tree-free paper products.
Without further ado, here are nine clever and unique ways to use your bamboo paper towels!
Keep Veggies Fresh
No one enjoys opening a bag of spinach only to find that it’s slimy and rotten after just a few days. Luckily, a single paper towel placed within the bag has the power to prevent such tragedies. By absorbing excess moisture, this paper towel will keep your produce fresh for longer.
Strain Grease From a Pan
Although plenty of ways to strain grease from broth exist, few do so as simply as the paper towel method. All you need to do is place a paper towel or two over a clean pot and pour your broth. The broth will strain into the pot while the fat remains trapped on the paper towel.
Hold Your Cutting Board in Place
Not all cutting boards have grips to hold them in place while you chop, and a moving board puts you at risk for chopping a finger by mistake. Placing one or two bamboo paper towels underneath the board gives it extra traction and reduces unnecessary movement.
Get Wax Out of the Carpet
Whether the result of an over-excited candle or a crayon left in the car on a warm day, a wax stain can be tough to remove... without a paper towel. Place a paper towel over the stain and use a warm iron to melt the wax. The towel will absorb the melted wax and the stain will be a thing of the past.
Prevent Icing From Drying Out
When stored improperly, icing dries out fast. A paper towel can make all the difference. Place a damp paper towel in the bottom of a glass and place the bag of icing in the glass tip down. If you prefer to store icing in the refrigerator, simply wrap a damp paper towel around the tip before putting it into another bag.
Test the Viability of Old Seeds
You can even use bamboo paper towels to test the viability of old seeds! All you have to do is wrap them in consistently damp paper towels and see if they sprout after a few weeks. If they do, you’ll know you can plant the rest in your garden!
Soften Brown Sugar
After being stored in a sealed container for a while, brown sugar turns into a block, and blocky brown sugar is pretty hard to scoop. To remedy this issue, put a damp paper towel over the hard brown sugar and let it sit overnight. In the morning, you'll be able to break it up with ease.
Avoid Rust on Cast Iron
Storing a cast-iron pan that’s not totally dry can cause rust, and nobody wants to cook with a rusty pan. To avoid rust, simply place one or two bamboo paper towels in the pan before storing it. This will absorb any excess moisture still on the pan.
Clean Your Sewing Machine
Tuning-up your sewing machine leaves future projects vulnerable to being ruined by residual grease. The answer to this problem is not to forego sewing machine maintenance. Instead, threading the machine and stitching across a paper towel will do away with leftover grease and prevent stained projects.
Make the Most of Your Bamboo Paper Towels
Bamboo paper towels serve many purposes both conventional and unconventional. By taking advantage of these nine clever ways to use them, you’ll up your paper towel game significantly.
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