Along with eliminating paper napkins from our kitchen, we’ve also stopped using paper towels. It’s easy to eliminate paper towels and you’ll save – both money and resources.
Here’s how we did it.
How to Eliminate Paper Towels
- Move the paper towels out of plain site and make them less accessible. If they’re visible in the kitchen, they’re usually the first and easiest to grab.
- Use cotton wash cloths or “bar mops” in place of paper towels. You can make your own, cut kitchen towels or buy wash cloths.
- Keep a stash of paper towels hidden – but use only as last resort. (My stash is hidden – shhhhh – don’t tell! It’s in the pantry for really nasty oily or dirty spills – and for wiping off our cast iron skillet after it’s been washed.)
- Get enough so that your cloth towels can be washed often. Ours get washed on laundry day and then hung to dry on the laundry line.
I found this, not very interesting, basket at a second-hand store and poked a holes in the back to hang it on a hook.
The basket of wash cloths hangs where our paper towel holder used to.
These are 100% cotton wash cloths that I bought at Costco. Total cost was $8.79 for 15-each cloths. These are most likely for the bathroom but they work in the kitchen, too!
The last batch of “bar mops” I had were white. They turned into “50 shades of grey” over the past 10-years. These wash cloths don’t really “match” my kitchen decor but my kids said I couldn’t get white wash cloths again.
Want your cloths to be extra absorbent? Skip the dryer sheets and fabric softeners. Natural fabrics like cotton don’t require them and you’ll be keeping chemicals off your laundry and out of your home.
That’s it – paper towels gone from the kitchen! You’re saving money and resources – BAM!
What do you use paper towels for?
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