Ever since I’ve had a kitchen to call my own, wax paper has been a staple in it. It’s always been my go-to for keeping food from sticking and occasionally as the medium for preserving beautiful fall leaves! But other than those uses, it pretty much sits in a drawer. That is until I discovered these ingenious ideas for utilizing this inexpensive kitchen staple!
From speeding up snow shoveling time to getting a zipper unstuck, check out these creative ways to use it around the house.
- When you first cut into a new wedge of cheese, immediately remove the plastic and wrap the cheese in wax paper, which allows the cheese to breathe without it getting too moist.
- Use a sheet of wax paper on your floor sweeper – the waxy surface is great for picking up dust and dirt! Much cheaper than buying refills as well.
- Make a quick and easy funnel that liquids won’t penetrate.
- Wax paper keeps out moisture and light, so keep your favorite linens wrapped in wax paper to protect the fabric.
- When rolling out dough, place a sheet of wax paper over the dough and roll on top of the wax paper. No sticking and no extra flour!
- Don’t worry about dusting on top of hard-to-reach places. Just stick a sheet of wax paper on top of cupboards or the fridge, and replace the sheet whenever it gets dusty. Easy! :-)
- Line wooden cutting boards with a sheet of wax paper before slicing into raw meat to make sure any bacteria in the meat juice is whisked away when you’re done.
- To keep zippers from sticking (or to loosen one that’s already stuck), lightly rub the zipper’s teeth with a small piece of wax paper to get things moving again.
- If your pets get nervous during thunderstorms, it might be due to the static in their fur. Rub their fur with a bit of wax paper to get rid of any static discomfort. :-)
- If a photograph gets wet, lay it out to dry on a piece of wax paper. The photo won’t stick and should look just fine after drying out!
- If you’re struggling with removing and inserting a cork, wrap the cork in wax paper to make it slide easily without compromising the seal!
- Get any hard-to-remove gunk off of your can opener by running it through a piece of wax paper folded over a few times. Food bits will come off, and the wax coating will leave the can opener running more smoothly while it repels messes.
- Rub the end of your snow shovel with wax paper to help the snow slide off faster and prevent it from sticking. You can also do this to the bottom of your sleds to make them glide through the snow faster!
- A bit of wax paper makes for a cheap and simple fire starter! The wax paper burns slowly, so you’ll have plenty of time for the kindling to catch!
- Before microwaving a plate of food, cover it with wax paper to prevent splatters!
- After cleaning metal faucets, rub them with wax paper for some extra shine and a water-repelling coating.
Finally, keep in mind that wax paper can be re-used. It cleans up easily in most cases and can be safely reused many times unless there’s been a major tear or spill.
How do you use wax paper?