If you have home delivery, papers can really pile up fast. What are your tips for recycling unwanted newspapers?
If you have a fireplace/woodstove, get a paper log roller. They used to be readily available in hardware stores, however you can still find them sometimes at garage sales. The logs burn forever, although they do create a fair amount of ash. But what a trade off! Free heat for a more frequent ash cleaning.
I shread newspapers and use in my compost pile. I also lay layers of newspapers on top of soil in the garden ,keeps the soil warm, and keeps weeds down, I then put a thin layer of soil or mulch over the papers to it looks pretty. Humane society shelters, and " critter " dr's offices are always looking for newspapers. I also have pot maker that my daughter got for me, great for making paper pots for seed starting. I also use them to clean windows, works great and no streaks, and biogradable . I also lay down a few papers ,about an inch thick, in areas where I know slugs " hang out " , then just lift the paper and throw them away, or crush the slugs and throw them in the yard for the birds. Newspspers are great for crafting too, used the for paper machae, paint with primer and decorate whatever you have made with the machae. Use them on your crafting table as a base when you are crafting something messy, just wrap and throw away. Hope " you all " can use some of these ideas.
I use newspapers on my kitchen counter when I cut up juicy watermelon or cantaloupe. I also spread newspapers like a tablecloth when peeling/eating boiled shrimp. Put the shells on the table and when done you just fold it up and put it in the trash. You can use the Sunday comics as wrapping paper or use the other sections as padding when shipping packages to friends and relatives to keep them up to date on local happenings. Boy Scouts, churches and schools earn money from recycling newspapers. Boys Scouts will pick up the papers, churches and schools have recycling bins on church/school grounds. You could also teach your kids/grandkids how to make hats from folded newspapers. Always a big hit!
The SPCA needs papers for the homeless animals!
My daughter chose to have a Mexican themed birthday party a few years ago and we made our own pinata, as well as miniature pinatas with a hole left in the top to fill with goodies and we made a tissue paper tip to stick out of the hole for decoration. Each one was painted differently. The kids parents enjoyed them as much as the kids did!
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Newspaper - use for sopping up spills on the floor/counters, etc. instead of expensive paper towels -
Use a roll of newspaper to put in your boots to keep them upright -
If you have a shredder - or access to one - shed them to use as packing materials.
In a pinch newspapers are very good insulating material and can be used to supplement blankets, etc. - but remember, they are flammable.
Use to clean glass, etc. - no lint!
I use them to line my ferret's cage, which is a big 6 x 6 foot 'dog run.' Believe me, they use a lot of newpspaper!
I give them to my daughter and her husband who do not get the paper on a regular basis.
we donate ours to our local vet
We have a shop with huge windows and newspapers are the best for cleaning them up. Just use any generic window cleaner on the paper and away you go.
I use the black and white pages to line my veg. drawers in my fridge. I also use them to line the bottom of my dogs crates. It makes them warmer than just putting them on the tile floors and then I put clean towels over the newspaper for more warmth and comfort. I also save the "funny sections" for wrapping gifts. I use the black and white pages to block out weeds when I put mulch down. I just dampen the paper a little and then scatter the mulch over to papers. Then if I want to plant something later in that area it is easy to just slice thru the mulch and paper.
This past Christmas, I used all the colorful sale papers. First I ran them through the paper shredder. Then instead of wrapping gifts, I purchased inexpensive Gift Bags.I placed the gifts in the bags and covered them with a layer of the shredded sale papers. Very colorful.
Harlean from Arkansas
Maybe some of you have small dogs and use "piddle pads". I have 2 small chihuahuas and have changed them over from the piddle pads to newspaper and paper towels. They were not happy at first, as I think they can tell what is under their feet and did not want to use newpapers. (They are both over 2 yrs old and have always used piddle pads.) It took awhile. First I used newspapers and they would not pee pee on it. Then I put cheap paper towels over it and they will use it. I know... this is a strange tip, but it has saved me ALOT of money!
I make my own puppy pads with newspapers.I lay the newspapers on unfolded trash bags to prevent leakage. I tape the edges of the newspapers with strips of masking tape to the edges of the trash bag. When soiled I just roll up the pad and toss in the trash..I purchased the trash bags & masking tape for a dollar each at the dollar store. I make about a dozen at a time. They can be folded and stored for later use.
I use newspapers to clean my windows & windshield. Works great.
use the color pages of the comic section for kids giftwrapping.
Hey prairiefloozie, have you ever thouught of house training your dogs.
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