If you enjoy reading the newspaper while you drink your morning coffee, don’t throw it away when you’re done. Save it and reuse it! There are a million and one uses for newspaper, and we’ve covered five of them below. Not only will you save yourself a few bucks, you’ll be helping the environment, too!
1. Glass Cleaning
Many homeowners agree that the best use of old newspapers is cleaning glass. Whether it’s doing windows, wiping down mirrors, or dusting computer or TV screens, newspaper leaves behind a shiny, streak-free finish that paper towel just can’t beat.
To do it right, mix one-part water and one-part white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the glass surface with the mixture (or dampen a wadded piece of newspaper with it) and wipe with a dry piece of crumpled newspaper. Use small circular motions for best results.
2. Pet Bedding And Litter
Newspaper is very soft and absorbent. It works well as litter and bedding for a number of household pets. Lay several folded sheets in the bottom of your cat’s litter box before filling with litter to help absorb wetness and odor. Shred it into thin strips to create a fluffy, warm bedding for small pets like hamsters and guinea pigs. Alternately, you can put a thick layer in the bottom of your dog’s kennel, too.
3. Seeding Pots
Since newspaper is biodegradable, it is a great material for making seeding pots. For this project, you’ll need newspaper, white glue, and a jar or cup. Start by tearing strips of newspaper about an inch wide. Pour glue into a bowl and dip the strips into the glue. Position the strips around the jar, overlapping as you go to completely cover the jar. Allow the glue/newspaper strips to dry completely, then remove the jar.
What’s left is a perfectly-shaped seed pot. Fill it with soil and plant your seeds. When the seedlings are big enough, plant the entire pot outside in your garden. The decaying newspaper will feed your growing plant for weeks.
4. Fire Starter
If you have a fireplace in your home, you know how hard it can be to get a fire going. The same holds true when making campfires, too. To make it easier to make a roaring, warming fire, use balled up newspapers as a fire starter. Simply arrange your wood as you normally do, but place balled up newspaper underneath it. Touch a match to the newspaper and watch how quickly the wood begins to burn.
Keep a box filled with pre-balled up newspaper next to the fireplace so you’ll never struggle with making a fire again.
5. Gift Wrap
Let’s face it, gift wrap is expensive. It’s a lot of money to spend just to have it torn apart and thrown away. You can save yourself a lot of money and create some interesting gift wrap in the process by using old newspapers instead.
To further customize the newspaper gift wrap for each person, try to choose a page that fits their personality. For instance, you can use the sports page for that sports lover friend of yours or use the fashion page for your fashionista sister. The comics make a colorful gift wrap as well.
Newspapers aren’t just for reading. They can be reused in many ways. From wiping glass surfaces to wrapping presents, old newspapers are more useful than you may have thought. Before you throw your newspapers away, consider reusing them as suggested above.