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2X4: Four Cool Uses for Cheesecloth

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Jessica
07.11.13

Sure, the primary use of cheesecloth is actual cheese making. But we think it’s worth having even if DIY cheddar isn’t your thing. This ultra-fine cloth is super cheap, durable and attractive. Here are four great home uses:

Photo 1: Cooking Classy

Cover Food. Unless you want bugs at your next barbeque, it’s important to cover your food. But plastic wrap can be an unattractive, sticky endeavor (especially on a hot summer day), and it’s not so great for Mother Nature. Use cheesecloth instead! Not only will your cheesecloth-cover prevent bugs from mooching your cheese dip, it can cover your barbeque wings at your next cookout, too. And the next, and the next (you get the picture).

Iron Delicates. Lace and silk may be prettier than your average cotton tee, but they’re also much easier to accidentally damage when you iron them! Keep your delicates safe by incorporating cheesecloth into your ironing routine. Simply place a length of cheesecloth in between the delicate fabricate and the iron, and then iron away. Tip: If you’re ironing delicates, it’s a good idea to clean your iron’s faceplate to prevent stains.  

Photo 3: West Elm

Make Curtains. If you’re looking for a breezy, inexpensive way to cover your windows during the summer, make cheesecloth curtains. Cut a large sheet of cheesecloth into 8-inch strands. Leave each strand au natural or dye them like the folks at House to Home Crafts. Tip: If you’re looking for a funky, ‘70s throwback look, try tie-dyeing them. After the dyeing is done, sew all of the strands together vertically. Then use clip-on curtain rings to hang them up! 

Catch Butterflies. Fact: The three best parts of summer are hot dogs, jean shorts and butterflies (not necessarily in that order). To take full advantage of the b-flies, make yourself – or a young one in your life – a butterfly net. Simply sew a large piece of cheesecloth into a makeshift bag and then glue or staple it to a circular hoop fashioned from a wire coat hanger. For a detailed bag-making tutorial, visit The Girl by the Sea. Bonus: Cheesecloth won’t break in water, so this net is perfect for catching small fish, too.

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