Save your newspapers

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by wolfman, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Most of these you probably already know, but wanted to share a few ideas and tips on your newspapers to get the most out of them with today's rising cost of living.

    Garden.
    Newspaper can be used in your garden to discourage weed growth and helps keep moisture around plants. Shred it and spread it out. Then cover it with compost mixture. Avoid adding the glossy advertisement sections, as it can contain harmful chemicals not good for your garden.

    Protect plants.
    You can also protect your plants by using newspaper to cover them in extreme cold weather or by using wet damp newspaper to transplant new plants.

    Wrapping gifts.
    Use colorful sections of the newspaper to wrap gifts. For example: the Sunday comics can be used to wrap presents for kids. The sports sections can be used to wrap up gifts for the sports fan in your family.

    Insulation.
    Rolled up newspaper stuffed under doors, in and around cracks makes good temporary insulation and help you stay warm during the cold season. If you are worried about it looking tacky, you can do it temporarily until you buy more fashionable insulation or only do it a night when no one else can see it.

    Glass cleaner.
    Wash your windows with your homemade or store bought eco-window cleaner. Then if you see streaks polish the glass with a piece of crumpled newspaper to help remove the streaks.

    Animals.
    If you have pets, hamsters, cats, etc., you can use newspaper to line around the litter box or bottom of the cage making it easier to clean. If you have birdhouses in your yard you can also line the bottoms of them with newspaper to make it easier to clean out.

    Absorbs odor.
    Newspaper can absorbs odor in shoes, food canisters, suitcases, trunks, drawers, etc. Stuff the newspaper where you need it. Give it a few hours or leave it overnight to absorb odor.

    Stuffing.
    Newspaper is great for stuffing. If you need something to retain its shape such as leather shoes or a hollow craft stuff some newspaper inside. This will help it retain its shape.

    Fireplace.
    Tie newspaper in a knot and use in the fireplace. Or you can make fire logs out of old newspapers. Roll sheets of newspapers up tightly in the shape of a log (don't use the colored print) and use them in your fireplace.

    Packing and storing.
    Newspaper is a good way to protect your precious items whether you are moving or just storing some stuff away. Stuff vases, glasses, or other fragile items with newspaper then wrap them in newspaper.

    Drop cloth. Whether you are painting, cooking or chaining the oil in your car you can use newspaper to make messes a little easier to clean up. Just place the newspaper where it is needed and do what you need without worrying about staining or messes.

    Oh yes and.Read the newspaper. The newspaper is a great source of information.
     
  2. Ulikedew

    Ulikedew New Member

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    If you use it in a bucket that smells from dead fish put the newspaper in the bucket slightly balled up.Replace every 12 hours till the smell is gone.
     

  3. zeboman

    zeboman New Member

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    We save them for pet bedding and to start fires.
     
  4. Ulikedew

    Ulikedew New Member

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    I forgot the most important extra need for newspaper.Camping and no toilet paper.
     
  5. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    And you can shread it and use for worm bedding if you keep your own nightcrawlers.

    My favorite use is cleaning the inside of my truck windshield
     
  6. zeboman

    zeboman New Member

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    It can even be used when sharpening knives also.
     
  7. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    Great post Walter!

    But it won't work for us. We haven't taken a newspaper in the last 15 years. We only subscribe to the online editions. :big_smile:
     
  8. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Walter thanks for sharing some good info. I can relate to the odor eliminator. Had a refrigerator that had odors, from stinkbaits. Washed the refrigerator out and added newspapers after several days odor gone.
     
  9. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Great for swatting flys and wasps with also.
     
  10. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    Reps to you for a very informative post.
    Bill in SC
     
  11. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    One more use,You can crumple newspapers loosly and stuff into wet shoes or boots,It will absorb moisture and help dry them. If very wet leave a few hrs and replace with fresh ones .