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Do you find that in a search for convenience you are using tons of paper products? There are definitely seasons for paper plates, but how about all the other paper products that get used and thrown away on a daily basis? I don’t know about you, but I am constantly running out of paper towels. We seem to use them for everything. I am sick of the waste and the cost, so I decided to look into some alternatives.
In my search I found some great alternatives and creative ideas I would like to share with you!
Un- Paper Towels – you may have seen these popping up on Pinterest. I have to say I am intrigued by these. These tutorials are great!
Un Paper Towel Tutorial from Joybilee Farm – this tutorial shows you how to upcycle old materials to make your own absorbant un paper towels. She stores hers in a basket instead of making a roll with them.
Replacing Paper Napkins with Cloth
Paper napkins are easy to replace as well. You can sew your own cloth napkins out of old t shirts or sheets or you can splurge and buy cloth napkins. I like to hunt thrift stores for them. You won’t believe what you can find. I found a huge gallon bag of 25 restaurant “fancy” napkins for just a few dollars! I store mine in a basket in a drawer in our kitchen with our extra kitchen towels.
Here is a great tutorial if you want to make your own:
Homemade Cloth Napkins: An Easy Step-by-Step Tutorial by Chocolate and Zucchinni
Some extra tips:
Make sure you have a bin for just your kitchen towels and rags. I like to use a mesh laundry bag inside the kitchen pantry. Also, make sure that they aren’t sopping wet when you throw them in the bag or they will stink! If you need to wipe up milk or something very messy and sticky make sure you rinse your towels out good first, and then lay them over the sink to dry.
So what about all the extra laundry you will have to do?
It’s actually not that bad. Just an extra load a week if you have enough extra towels on hand. If not, maybe two. My 4 yo old is a pro at folding all our kitchen towels so it’s no extra work on my part. We do all of our laundry on the weekends, so we really don’t notice the extra load.