10 Creative Ways to Reuse Old Newspaper
Since newspapers come out everyday, they tend to clutter up desks and garbage cans. What does one do to get rid of all of them? Contrary to popular opinion, newspapers have many uses that range far beyond starting fires.
1. Ripen Tomatoes
Wrap green tomatoes in newspaper and then put them in a closed box. Check the box every few days to make sure none of the tomatoes are spoiling. The tomatoes should be ripe within a few weeks.
2. Deodorize Small Places
Use crumpled up newspaper to deodorize most small, enclosed spaces. It will help freshen up anything from shoes to the drawers of a refrigerator.
3. Clean Glass
Newspaper is similar to paper towels and can be used in a pinch to clean glass. Some actually prefer using newspaper instead of paper towels. Just be careful not to hit any trim or molding since the wet ink may leave streaks.
4. Protect Flooring
Save time and protect the floor by putting newspaper down when painting a room or when kids are working on an art project.
5. Kill Weeds
Cover the offending weeds with newspaper and then a layer of mulch to effectively smoother the weeds.
6. Emergency Insulation
Wrap a few pieces of newspaper around a container of ice cream to help keep it from melting on a warm summer day.
7. Paper Airplanes
Use pieces of newspaper to make larger and lighter paper airplanes.
8 – Protect Fragile Items
Wrap glassware and Christmas ornaments in newspaper when packing items or moving.
9. Wrap Presents
Use the comics or pages with interesting headlines to make original and creative wrapping paper.
10. Make a Pinata
Dip strips of newspaper in a paper mache mixture and then layer them on a blown up balloon. When the layers are reasonably thick, stop applying newspaper and allow to dry. Once dry, decorate, fill with candy, and enjoy.