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5 Ingenious Uses for Paper Towels 5 Ingenious Uses for Paper Towels

5 Ingenious Uses for Paper Towels

When it comes to messes and spills, paper towels are the standard go-to. But that’s not all that this hardworking household staple is good for. Here are five smart ways to use paper towels that can save you time and money.

1. Keep greens fresher longer
Here’s a trick to keep salad greens from wilting within just a few days: Store your greens in a food storage container lined with paper towels! One or two paper towels will do the trick to absorb excess moisture, which can lead to soggy, slimy leaves. Choosing a sturdy storage container, as opposed to a bag, will keep leaves from getting smashed. The result? Fresh, crisp leaves for days on end!

2. Keep fresh-cut veggies and herbs moist
Enjoy snacking on fresh-cut carrots and celery? Keep these veggies from drying out by wrapping them in a moist paper towel before storing in the fridge. This method works great for fresh herbs, too. Simply wrap up the herbs in a cold, damp paper towel, then store in an airtight container or plastic bag. Easy-peasy!

3. Soften hard brown sugar
It’s happened to all of us – you reach for the brown sugar, only to find it’s as hard as a rock. Don’t head for the trash can just yet! Instead, place the sugar in a microwave-safe container, cover with a damp paper towel, then microwave for 20 seconds. Once removed, the sugar can easily be broken up with a fork.

4. Remove silk from corn
Corn on the cob is a summertime favorite, but the sticky strands of silk can prove pesky to remove. Fortunately, there’s a no-fuss, no-muss tactic: Gently rub the cob from one end to the other with a damp paper towel. The silk will slide off easily, without damaging the kernels. Voila!

5. Make an emergency coffee filter
When coffee is a must, but you’re all out of filters, a paper towel will work in a pinch! Simply fold up paper towel (instructional videos can be found online, if you want to get fancy), tuck into your coffee maker in place of a filter, and brew as normal. That’s it!


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