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5 Things To Do with Newspapers

The newspaper industry is dying, so put newsprint to use while it’s still around! Use those old broadsheets to dry wet shoes, remove oven residue, and more.

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Did You Know?

What we call newsprint-the type of paper used by newspapers around the world-was invented around 1838 by a Nova Scotia teenager, Charles Fenerty.

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1. Clean and Polish Your Windows

If you’re like most folks, you probably use a lot of absorbent paper towels for drying off your just-washed windows. Did you know that crumpled-up newspaper dries and polishes windows even better than paper towels? And it’s a lot cheaper too.

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2. Dry Wet Shoes

If your shoes get soaked after walking through the rain or slogging through the snow, stuff them with dry, balled-up newspaper to prevent any long-term damage. Place the shoes on their sides at room temperature so the moisture can be thoroughly absorbed. For severe sogginess, you may need to replace the stuffing a few times.

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3. Unscrew a Broken Lightbulb

To remove a broken lightbulb, wad up several sheets of newspaper, press the paper over the bulb, and turn it counterclockwise. (Make sure you’re wearing protective gloves and that the power is off.) The bulb should loosen up enough to remove from the socket. Wrap it in the paper and toss it into the garbage.

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4. Winterize Outdoor Faucets

If you live in an older home without frost-free outdoor spigots, it’s a good idea to insulate the outdoor faucets. To prevent damage from ice and cold temperatures, make sure you shut off the valve to each faucet, and drain off any excess water from the spigots. Then insulate each faucet by wrapping it with a few sheets of newspaper covered with a plastic bag. (Keep the bag in place by wrapping it with duct tape or a few rubber bands.)

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5. Remove Oven Residue

They may call it a self-cleaning oven, but when it’s done cleaning, you always have to contend with mopping off that ashlike residue. Don’t waste a roll of paper towels on the flaky stuff; clean it up with a few sheets of moistened, crumpled newspaper.

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