Paper towels are a popular cleaning item today. They’re found in homes around the world and are used as an alternative to the rags that were used to clean surfaces.
But, despite their many uses, many people limit them to cleaning spills or absorbing excess fat from foods because these are their best known uses and what’s portrayed in ads.
The truth is that their uses don’t end there. Like many other household items, they have a few alternative uses to make chores and our lives easier. Want to learn more?
Remove corn silk from the cobs
The little fibers that cover corncobs are not easy to remove and can take a lot of time in most cases.
A simple sheet of paper towel can help to remove them without a lot of effort in a matter of seconds.
How? Moisten a paper towel and rub it across the corn. It’s that simple!
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Bottle of oil
After using a bottle of oil a few times, it will get greasy and make it inconvenient to pick up to use.
To prevent this, wrap a paper towel around the bottle and secure it with a rubber band at the neck. This way the oil will accumulate there and won’t reach the rest of the bottle.
Skim the fat off broth
Chicken or beef broth often has a layer of extra fat floating on the surface.
To remove it, simply cover a strainer with a paper towel and then pass the broth through it.
Prevent rust on cast iron pots
Cast iron pots and pans tend to rust easily when not treated properly.
It’s really important to dry them well before storing, and as an additional step, you can put a paper towel between them.
The majority of vegetables need to be washed and disinfected before storage or use.
The problem is that there is almost always a little residual moisture left on them after washing.
To quickly and completely dry them, take two sheets of paper towel and cover a container or salad bowl, then add the vegetables that you want to dry.
Test your seeds
Do you think your seeds might be too old to germinate? If you doubt they’ll grow because they’ve been stored for too long, try the following trick:
- Moisten two paper towels and put a few seeds in between the sheets so that they’re covered.
- Place them in a warm location and occasionally moisten them. If after two weeks they fail to sprout, it’s because they’re no longer any good.
One trick to keep bread fresher longer is to store it in the refrigerator. However, for it to be even more effective, it’s a good idea to wrap it with a paper towel to catch moisture, helping to prevent the appearance of mold and further prolong the shelf life of this food.
Absorb the moisture from brown sugar
In general, as the temperature increase, brown sugar releases its natural moisture, turning it into a hard mass.
If you notice this happening to your sugar, put it into a lidded container with a paper towel and the next day you’ll see how it’s returned to its original form.
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Fried foods with less fat
One of the main properties of paper towels is their ability to absorb substances. When it comes to fats and oils, it’s best to remove the excess.
If you want your fried foods to stay crunchy and remove extra oil, put a few sheets of paper towel down on the plate and let the fried items sit there for a few minutes to remove the excess grease.
Keep vegetables fresh longer
Do your vegetables start to go bad really quickly? To keep this from happening, wrap them in a few sheets of paper towel before storing them in the fridge.