Last Updated on November 8, 2019 by April
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If you’re like me, the only time you have ever used wax paper was for baking. It turns out though that there are a TON of ways to get your money’s worth when buying the stuff. From Cleaning difficult to shine fixtures to even gardening, these are some of the most brilliant wax paper life hacks I have ever found!
Printing Images on Wood
If you are the artsy type, this could mean a super fun project.
If you have issues with dust on your hard floors, grab a piece of wax paper and attach it to your Swiffer. It’ll do wonders!
If you have a squeaking door that has seen better days, try using some wax paper to keep it unstuck from the frame.
Cheap Fire Starter
Feel like starting a fire on a budget? You only need a few items to do it!
Shine Your Facuet
Getting the faucets just right without some serious time and effort with glass cleaner is a rare thing. All you need to do is rub wax paper on your sink handles and you’re all set!
Sliding Shower Curtains
Keep your shower curtains functioning properly with some wax paper. I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to slide my curtains but they won’t budge. Even when they’re brand new!
Lining the Fridge
The fridge has to be one of my least favorite things to clean but this makes it so much easier. Once you are done emptying out the shelf, all you need to do is swap out the wax paper.
Cleaning Gardening Tools
To get stuck on grime from your gardening tools, be sure to rub them down with wax paper to loosen everything up.
To avoid dropping your tools everywhere, make a funnel to get them into jars.
Soft Glowing Luminaries
One last hack is an artsy project. Check out A Practical Wedding to find out how to make a soft glowing wax luminary to set the mood this Fall!
There are a bunch of hacks from this list I will definitely be trying over the next couple of days. I seriously have so much wax paper that I have been dying to get rid of. In case you’ve run out, you can get a great deal on wax paper from Amazon. Let me know which of these are your favorites and what hacks you want to share with everyone!
Just bought some wax paper today.. We use it to cover food in the microwave. Have also used it in a pinch to decorate a cake with frosting.
Yes! It is great for frosting. I have never used it in the microwave before though. What a great idea!
Always good to remove build up from bottom of your iron. Just run warm iron over wax paper a few times to make it glide smother. Be sure to iron on old fabric scrap brfore using on your clothing.
Hi, I love wax paper! I always get into a fight with cling wrap – and it wins! Wax paper is friendlier! I wrap sandwiches, muffins and snacks. My mom always used it to cover food in the microwave because cling wrap shrinks into the food and we’ve always wondered about the safety of it when it gets heated (plus I never buy it because of my previous comment! Thank you for the fire starter idea though! I’ve been using lint and bits of old candles and crayons melted into cardboard egg cartons – break off one “egg” of lint/wax as you need to start a fire. I use cheap vaseline if I don’t have old crayons or candles but wax paper is a great alternative! Love it! Easy for my teen son to make too!
Who knew wax paper could be so useful! Your fire starting method is so creative. I would have never thought of that.
Thanks so much for reaching out. : )
I’ll add one more tip I line the tops of my kitchen cabinets with wax paper,all the greasy dust sticks to it and I just change it out ! Quick and easy!
That’s such a great idea! Thanks so much for the tip, Carla. : )
I use wax paper in a pallet box with a lid when I paint with acrylics. I simply dampen paper towels, then lay wax paper on top of the towels, then my paints. This keeps your paints moist while you paint and in between settings.
Do you use the waxy side up or down when preparing your pallet? I use deli paper. Doesn’t seem waxed.
The pictures help but an explanation with them would be better and helpful. Especially the one using the printer. also the one using the swiffer mop, does it just dust the floor?
Hi there Thanks for a clear and visually helpful post. I just use wax from a lump of beeswax (sewing supply) for most of these “problems”. The issue with lint though … if there is enough lint in your home to make fire lighters, then it is clear that this post is NOT about saving the planet. The re-use, re-cycle issue I thought I was looking at is just not here. The best thing any of us can do is to stop using tumble dryers. If you are fire-starting on a budget, why buy wax paper? Use any junk mail, or newspaper tightly screwed up and some sticks from the next time you are out for a walk – kindling !! Job done