Today's news might be tomorrow's chip paper but did you know newspaper has other secret uses?
Newspapers are very absorbent - in order to absorb the ink printed on it - which means it can also absorb moisture and odours. This makes it extremely useful around the house. Discover 10 brilliant uses for newspaper...
1. Freshen food containers
Ball up a sheet of newspaper and place it into a lunch box or tuppawear container then seal it. Let it sit and any
whiffy smells will have dissapeared overnigth!
2. Ripen tomatoes
If your tomatoes aren't ripe yet and you want to speed the process up, simply wrap them up individually in newspaper and
and leave them out at room temperature.
3. Remove streaks and finger marks on glass
Use newspaper with cleaning fluid to clean mirrors and windows.The absorbent materials will help lift grease and stubborn marks effortlessly.
4. Dry damp shoes
Just run those smelly shoes through the washing machine? Don't ruin them by tumble drying, instead place crumpled newspaper in them overnight to soak up any moisture.
5. Keep a clean fridge
Keep the refrigerator vegetable drawer dry and free of smells by lining the bottom with newspaper.
6. Pack and store away fragile items
Wrap ornaments with several pieces of newspaper, then crumple the remaining sections to fill extra space in a box.
7. Wrap gifts
Using newspaper as wrapping paper can look stylish if you contrast it with bright ribbons and shiny bows. Or you could paint a sheet with food dye to give it a colour - wash effect.
8. Preserve antique glass
Old glass can gave finishes that can be damaged by cleaning solutions. Remove any dirt or smudges by rubbing with newspaper dipped in a solution of one part white vinegar and one part warm water.
9. Keep your home dry
Create a space for wet shoes and boots by keeping a pile of newspaper near the entrance. When everyone returns home from a wet or snowy day they can toss their stuff onto the newspaper instead of creating puddles everywhere.
10. Keep suitcases mould-free
Line unused suitcases with sheets of newspaper to keep your cases dry and free from damp.