19 new uses for old newspapers



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Fifty years ago, the newspaper was the only way to get reliable news. These days, we’ve almost all switched to digital versions. But just because we consume news differently than grandpa did doesn’t mean classic newspapers aren’t worth picking up next time you’re out getting coffee.

Try out these 19 uses for newspapers:


1. Deodorize musty items

If you’ve ever wandered into an old bookstore (or your grandparent’s closet), you know the musty smell we’re talking about. To get rid of it, grab a newspaper. Crumple up the newspaper and place the papers in the bottom of a paper bag. Then, place the musty-smelling item (book, clothing item, etc.) into the bag. Let it sit for about a week. The newspaper will have absorbed the musty smell.


2. Keep produce drawers dry

Prevent rotting peppers and foul-smelling produce drawers in the fridge by lining the drawers with newspaper. The paper will absorb any excess moisture. Once a week, toss the old paper and line the drawer with a fresh sports section.


3. Pack fragile items

Moving pretty much always sucks, but it’s 10 times worse if you break something fragile in transit. Bubble wrap is the gold standard, but that stuff isn’t cheap. Protect breakable items on a budget by wrapping them in newspaper before the move. We recommend several sheets per item.


4. Wash mirrors and windows

To remove streaks from mirrors and windows, use newspaper instead of cloth to wipe away Windex. Not only will the newspaper remove streaks, it won’t leave any residue behind.


5. Wrap presents

If you’re out of fancy wrapping paper, use newspaper instead. Personalize the gift by choosing a section of the paper that fits the receiver’s personality. If they love baseball, opt for the sports section. Funny guy? Go for the comics. And for foodies, choose the food and drink page. 


6. Dry wet shoes

Rain happens. And after it happens, it makes your shoes smell terrible if you let them stay all soggy. To dry shoes quickly and prevent odor, stuff wet shoes with newspaper immediately. The newspaper will soak up the moisture and protect your kicks.


7. Protect your car

We love our pups, but four-legged friends are not exactly car-friendly, and sometimes your stuck without a blanket or mat to protect your seats. If you get caught in such a scenario, you can always grab some newspaper and cover your seats before taking a drive with your pet.


8. Create backup protection for your floors

Doormats do all kinds of good in terms of protecting your home. But when serious rainstorms (snowstorms) strike, your mat is about as useful as nipples on a breastplate. When the weather gets super nasty, don’t be afraid to spread out a few newspaper rolls over the floor around your door. It’ll protect your hardwood or carpet from rain, mud, sleet or snow, and create a convenient spot for guests to leave their shoes without causing a huge mess.


9. Make animal bedding

Instead of purchasing expensive over-the-counter animal bedding for your hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits or mice, just cut up newspaper. It’s safe and nontoxic, plus it’s inexpensive. Note: To keep your pet safe and clean, change your paper bedding regularly.