Add wax paper to the long list of items with surprising applications and usefulness well beyond their original purpose. Wax paper (as opposed to parchment paper) has a thin layer of wax on each side, and was designed to keep food fresh longer. Its both water resistant and non-stick — two attributes that make this handy item versatile and helpful, even outside the kitchen.
- Rub a sheet on the teeth of a zipper to discourage snags.
- Roll it up and insert in the neck of a bottle, and use as an impromptu funnel. The wax keeps the paper stiff.
- Rub it on bathroom and kitchen faucets to both buff the metal, and make them more resistant to future water spots.
- Layer the tops of kitchen cabinets with the stuff, and replace every so often instead of dusting that hard-to-dust spot.
- If you have a door that stubbornly sticks, rub the edges to keep it from jamming as much.
- Keep wooden salad bowls and cutting boards in good shape by giving them an extra layer of wax protection.
- Protect the fridge from spills by covering the shelves. It makes it infinitely easier to clean.
- Lost your wine cork after opening a bottle? Make an plug out of a wad of paper, and stick it right in there.
- Cover bowls and plates when you use the microwave to prevent splatter.
- If your shower curtain has trouble moving over its rods without squeaking or catching, a light rub with wax paper will help it move smoother.
- Use it as drawer liner in your dresser.
- Before you close up paint cans, add a sheet over the top of the paint to keep skin from forming.
- Swipe non-stick appliances , to give it a little more non-stickiness.
- Wrap up paint brushes to keep them from drying out in between coats.
- If you have drafty windows in winter, use it to plug up holes. Again, the wax wards off precipitation.
- Wrap up any delicate fabrics when you store them. The wax keeps out light and keeps colors from fading or turning yellow.
- If you are out of kindling, wax paper makes a good fire starter.
What other uses have you discovered?
Re-edited from a post originally published 10.10.2014 - NT