By secretly replacing the large stash of paper towels in my house with a large stack of cloth napkins, microfiber towels, dishrags, skoy cloths I have effectively eliminated paper towels and paper napkins from the House of Brown.
I estimate that we’ve saved about $200 for the year. Not to mention the reclaimed storage space. (Do you realize how much space a 30 roll value pack of paper towels takes up?)
Here’s how you can stop using paper towels in 10 easy steps:
1. Stop buying paper towels – this seems obvious, but necessity is truly the mother of invention, and when they stopped being in the house, we started getting creative
2. Use cloth napkins at dinner – Bought mine at the dollar store, but you can also sew them yourself
3. Use microfiber cloths to clean up spills - these are REALLY absorbent and great for spills, drying dishes, exploding blenders, and cat vomit (don’t ask)
4. Use cloth napkins or to cover food in the microwave - I know. I know. “Stop using the microwave.” I’m working on it.
5. Use Skoy cloths – these are great for scrubbing and cleaning
6. Use dish towels – We use them to well, uh, dry the dishes. I also use microfiber cloths for this, they make the job go quicker.
7. Use newspaper to clean the mirrors and windows - It works really well, so do cut up t shirts!
8. Take a cloth napkin with you – I keep one in the car and one in my bag in case I get takeout and they forget to give me napkins, or my eyeliner starts running, or someone put their wet umbrella on a subway seat…
9. It’ll help you change your diet – You might not fry your food, if there’s nothing to drain it on right? (Although, you can still use a cloth napkin for this in a pinch.)
10. They’re easy to wash – Skoy cloths and sponges can all get washed in the dishwasher, microfiber towels, dishtowels and washcloths can go in the laundry
- Chicago Green Girl has some great green reasons on her site as to why you should STOP using paper towels.
You can buy skoy cloths, microfiber towel and more at the Savvy Shop!