In my New Year’s Day post I hinted at “going paperless” this year and said I would share more later. Ready or not…I’m ready to share. :-) A couple of months ago I kept noticing how easy (too easy!) it had become in our house for us (I’ll take some blame here too!) to just grab a paper towel from the roll that sits right next to the sink whenever we washed our hands…or whenever we spilled something…just whenever. My thought process about this sort of thing usually goes something like this: “Well that’s a waste of money!!”, followed quickly by, “That is such a waste. Period.”
I decided to read up on “green” ideas for dealing with wasteful paper products in the home and found some interesting stuff. (FYI..none of these articles ever mentioned eliminating toilet paper…or I would not be writing this! Some things are sacrosanct! Toilet paper is one of those things.)
Since it’s a brand new year…I figured no time like the present to give it a try! Afterall, I’m very close to paperless already. I got rid of the dryer sheets, I got rid of the Clorox cleaning wipes, I’m TRYING to use reusable grocery sacks (I’m so forgetful!). Paper towels and paper napkins were really the only things I was still using on a regular basis in the kitchen. I wasn’t quite sure how I as going to find a replacement for those…when I found an inspiring blog post by Clean Mama about substituting cloth for paper. She simply purchased cloth towels and keeps them by the sink and on the table, just like regular paper towels and napkins.
While she bought her UNpaper towels from the Etsy shop, Love For Earth for $11.75 per dozen…I couldn’t quite bring myself to pay that much. Especially because I was certain I was going to need way more than one dozen! So I got these flour sack towels. Since these towels are huge (28″ x 29″)…I cut each one into fourths and ended up with 40 perfectly-sized towels for under $11.
My daughter decided to get into the act and cut and folded many of them into these cute little triangles. I also am going to leave them in this basket by the side of the sink (where the paper towel roll used to be) to encourage their use! And, believe it or not, it seems to be working!
As a matter of fact, I already washed and dried a 1/2 dozen of them because since I didn’t sew the edges on these…I was a little concerned they might get badly frayed.
Result: slightly frayed but just as serviceable as before.
Just out of the dryer. Wrinkly…some fraying. I could have just folded and put back in basket, but I decided to
give a quick spritz with water and used my hands to smooth out. Then folded. Perfectly fine for me.
I personally couldn’t see finishing all those edges on a sewing machine….(40 cloths x 4 edges each=160 edges!)…for a glorified paper towel. The thread probably would have ended up costing more than the towels! But that’s just me, you might love to sew and could whip them out in no time. In that case, I say go for it! :-)