1. Absorb funky smells and leaks in your vegetable drawer.

2. Block weeds from growing in your garden.

Lay down about 5-7 sheets of newspaper over a weed-prone area and spray with water to keep the newspaper from flying away on windy days. Cover with mulch or fallen leaves. The newspaper prevents weeds from germinating and feeds the soil as it breaks down.

3. Wrap presents using the comics or business and money sections.

4. Lay newspaper under a tablecloth to shield your wood table from spills and other damage.

5. Clean mirrors and windows.

6. Build the frame for a fort.

You only need newspapers, a stapler, and masking tape to build this fort. And yes, it’s totally sturdy enough to hold a light blanket or sheet draped over the top!

Learn how to make a newspaper fort here.

7. Keep the shape of shoes and purses when they’re not in use.

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8. Ripen fruit faster by wrapping individual pieces in newspaper.

Ethylene gas is released from fruits and vegetables as they ripen. By wrapping them in paper, you're trapping the ethylene gas and accelerating the ripening process.

 

9. Use strips of newspaper and rubbing alcohol to create nail art.

Paint your nails with a clear basecoat or a light shade of nail polish and allow to completely dry.

When your nails are completely dry, dip each finger into rubbing alcohol.

Evenly press a newspaper strip onto each nail, being careful not to shift the nail in order to avoid smudges. When you peel the newspaper strip off, you’ll see newsprint ink overlaid on your nail polish.

 

Paint over the newsprint with a clear coat and admire your clever manicure!

10. Sop up spills.

 

11. Absorb leftover food smells in a plastic container.

Stuff a piece of balled up newspaper into a plastic container and seal. Leave the newspaper overnight to neutralize odors.

 

12. Prevent mud and dirt from staining the carpet in your car.

13. Protect your table during messy seafood meals or kids' arts and crafts projects.

14. Catch drips and absorb odors in your trash can.

 

 

15. Dry wet boots quickly by stuffing them with newspaper.

 

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