11 Clever Uses for Newspaper

Once you're done reading the paper, don't just toss it in the recycling! Try one of these innovative ways to reuse your newspaper instead.

how to reuse old newspaper in crafts and cleaning

1. Remove adhesive on glass

Cover the surface in vegetable oil or baby oil. Let sit for 15 minutes, then scrape stickers or tape away with a metal spatula. To remove the greasy sheen afterward, wipe with vinegar using old newspaper, which is highly absorbent and lint-free—it's a great way to repurpose what you've read.

 

2. Freshen up the fridge

Got a bad odor in your fridge? Spray a few sheets of newspaper with water, then crumple them into balls. Tuck them into corners and drawers overnight to soak up bad smells. To prevent odors in the future, line your fridge drawers with newspaper and replace a few times a month. (h/t: Real Simple)

 

3. Wrap up a present

Choose an appropriate section or article, like the comics or horoscope, to give a present a touch of whimsy. You can also shred the newspaper and use it as filling for a gift basket.

 

4. Craft homemade envelopes

Never buy pricey stationery again: Follow these easy directions from blogger Kanelstrand to turn old newspaper into pretty, fun envelopes.  

 

5. Protect valuables

Are you mailing something fragile? Instead of packing peanuts, shred newspaper to use as packing material (it's cheaper and more environmentally friendly!) (h/t: Apartment Therapy

 

6. Prevent frost

Lay a few sheets over your car's windshield and secure overnight with the wipers—you won't have to de-ice in the morning!

 

7. Deodorize food containers

Stuff a balled-up piece of newspaper into a lunch box or thermos, seal it, and let sit overnight. (h/t: Real Simple)

 

8. Protect your garden

Lay wet newspaper in the garden, then cover with a thin layer of dirt. The paper keeps weeds from sprouting. When planting bulbs, make sure you leave a large enough hole in the paper that the plants can grow through.

 

9. Ripen tomatoes faster

Wrap them individually and leave them out at room temperature. (h/t: Real Simple

 

10. Dry wet shoes

When faced with wet shoes, stuff newspaper into the soles of the feet, and change every few hours until dry. (h/t: The Thrifty Couple

 

11. Make animal bedding 

For your caged or crated pets, try using old newspapers for bedding. It’s warm and healthier than sawdust or straw, since it resists bacteria and is nontoxic if eaten. (h/t: This Old House