How To Recycle & Reuse Newspaper

recycle-newspapersHere are some creative ways to recycle and reuse your old newspapers:

1.   Use newspaper as an umbrella when caught in the rain

2.   Protect car seats from muddy or wet clothing

3.   Spread newspaper over outdoor benches to protect clothing

4.   Put newspaper into loose shoes to fill extra space

5.   Stuff in leather shoes and boots to preserve their shape

6.   Stuff in wet shoes overnight to dry and deodorize them

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

8.   Use as a mat when polishing shoes to protect counters or flooring

9.   Stuff newspaper in hats to keep their shape while in storage

10.  Stuff newspaper in leather handbags in storage

11.  Wrap a bit of newspaper around candle bottoms so they fit tightly in candleholders

12.  Store old record albums between sheets of newpaper

13.  Use as a padding under a table cloth

14.  Cover store windows when remodeling

15.  Cover furniture when away on vacation

16.  Cover furniture when sanding or painting, use as a drop cloth

17.  Spread newspaper on floor underneath rug when shampooing to absorb excess moisture

18.  Dampen and spread over window-panes  before  painting to protect them

19.  Use to dry and polish window after washing

20.  Dampen a bit and use to clean typewriter keys

21.  Make a hat to wear when painting the ceiling

22.  Fold to make a protective sheath for a knife

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 into shadow areas.

26.  Place a sheet of newspaper in jar tops to tighten loose lids

27.  Make unusual lamp shades (by covering your existing shades)

28.  Make patterns for clothing sewing projects

29.  Protect table when children are painting or gluing

30.  Use as wallpaper for a doll house

31.  Make paper chains (kids love this old-fashioned craft)

32.  Make paper dolls (a long forgotten past-time)

33.  Make paper mache crafts

34.  Make kites with your children

35.  Make party hats for the kids

36.  Keep children busy by letting them color and paint the cartoons

37.  Make a child’s play tent with sheets of newspaper stapled or taped together

38.  Use a stack of newspapers to raise the height of a child at the table

39.  Use a bundled stack of newspapers as a step stool

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

41.  Use newspaper as an emergency pot holder

42.  Use to remove heavy grease or spills from the oven

43.  Fashion an emergency dust pan from several sheets of newspaper

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

45.  Use crumpled up balls of newspaper to 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 a typewriter by using newspaper as a mat underneath

50.  Place under heavy objects on wooden tables

51.  Spread out thick layers between garden rows as mulch to discourage weeds

52.  Use to wrap green tomatoes to ripen slowly into the winter

53.  Cover plants during a light frost (won’t help for a hard frost though)

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

55.  Roll up newspaper and use as a funnel

56.  Roll up newspaper and use as a torch

57.  Roll and use as a megaphone outdoors

58.  Use folded sheets as a fan to keep cool

59.  Use as sun shade at spectator events

60.  Use as a mat for wet darkroom photographs

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 and use when packing fragile items

64.  Line bottom of bird cage

65.  Line shelves

66.  Line waste baskets

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 to keep frozen

74.  Roll around baby bottle to insulate

75.  Use to soak up spills when you’re out of paper towel

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 black and white sheets of newspaper, (no colors) and place in plastic containers to eliminate odors

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