Tuesday Tips, Week 12

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Tuesday Tips, Just Another Great Post from Little House

Tuesday Tips, Just Another Great Post from Little House. I'm so humble.

This week’s Tuesday Tip, use cloth instead of paper towels! Just back from camping, so I’ll make this short and sweet since my brain is still enjoying the break from technology, email, phones, etc. I can still hear the sounds of the frog’s croaking in the stream….ahhhh.

Tip #12: Use cloth hand towels instead of paper towels.

Cloth hand towels can save money.

  • Purchasing a set of bar towels, or turning old shirts into cloth wipes, costs less than purchasing roll after roll of paper towel. I started using cloth towels instead of paper towels a few years ago to clean up counters, wipe down dish ware, and dust table tops. Since cloth towels can be used over and over again, after a quick laundry cycle, the overall cost is much less than purchasing a never ending supply of paper towels. Cloth wipes are also just as sanitary as paper towels as long as you change them out for a clean one and clean the dirty ones after usage! I also find cloth towels are much more functional and do a better clean up than paper towels.

Using cloth towels is much more environmentally friendly.

  • Cloth towels can be reused over and over again, versus paper towels. Reducing the amount of trash we humans produce is an important part of being “green.” Using paper towels to clean up counter tops or wipe down dish ware produces an unbelievable amount of paper waste. In contrast, cloth hand towels can last a very long time. Old t-shirts can also function as a dust cloth, another great way to repurpose old clothing.

Have you recently switched from paper towels to cloth hand towels? Do you find it’s easier to clean up using cloth towels?


Join the conversation and post a comment.

  1. Jackie

    We’ve almost completely switched from paper to cloth. There are only two areas where we still use paper: for very greasy cleanups (have you had luck not destroying the cloth for those kind of things?) and for my painting.
    .-= Jackie´s last blog ..Straying from the Path of Intention to Impulse =-.

    • Little House

      @Jackie- I’d have to agree with you there. Really greasy spills don’t absorb well into cloth. I do still use paper towels lightly for just these kinds of events.

  2. Mr Credit Card

    I must say that hankies for guys are cool! Used to always carry a handkerchief in my pocket when I went to work. Better than using the tissues!
    .-= Mr Credit Card´s last blog ..Caxton FX Prepaid Global Traveller Card =-.

    • Little House

      @Mr. Credit Card – A great addition! I’m constantly blowing my nose (allergies) and notice that the amount of tissues I use is ridiculous. Maybe I should switch over to cloth for this purpose too!

  3. Everyday Tips

    We still have paper towels on the counter, but I almost exclusively use cloths in the kitchen. As a matter of fact, I just looked in our pantry and was surprised how many rolls of paper towel we still had sitting there.
    .-= Everyday Tips´s last blog ..Opportunity Cost – Trading Financial Gain for Security =-.

    • Little House

      @Everyday Tips – It’s wonderful to hear others using more cloth than paper.

      @Kevin – Your girlfriend may find she prefers cloth for clean ups after being introduced to them. Good luck 😉

  4. Kevin

    I’m going to try to switch to cloth. It’s a great idea to keep costs down. Hopefully my girlfriend is ok with it 🙂
    .-= Kevin´s last blog ..Don’t Miss Out On Easy Savings Cont. =-.

  5. FinEngr

    Side question – what do you think of cloth diapers??

    I like the theory, but may be too grossed out in practice.
    .-= FinEngr´s last blog ..“Enough” by John Bogle – Money Section (Ch 1-3) =-.

    • Little House

      @FinEngr – A fantastic question. A friend of mine just became pregnant and she’s ecstatic. She’s really into the whole organic, no chemical thing and is thinking of cloth diapers. If not cloth, then the Seventh Generation bio-degradable ones. I think my mother had me in cloth, I know they can be a pain, but there must be some benefits (besides environmental) ;).

  6. Money Funk

    Haha, funny you bring up cloth diapers. My mother used them on us kids. The funny thing is… she still has cloth diapers {some odd 30+ years} that she uses for dust rags.

    *LH, we use cloth in the kitchen/cleaning pretty exclusively. But we still have paper towels on our counter, too. I’d like to rid of that habit too. At least, the papertowel consumption has gone down. 🙂
    .-= Money Funk´s last blog ..Money Funk goes Comic =-.

  7. Mysti

    I bought cloth towels that were made from cotton from cloth diapers (got them on Etsy) and LOVE them. I still use paper towels for a few things….cat puke, drying fruit. Super greasy thing. Otherwise, I love my cloth!
    .-= Mysti´s last blog ..A Light Bulb Moment =-.

    • Little House

      @Mysti – Thanks for reminding me to check Etsy for cloth wipes and diapers (those may come in handy for wiping up kitchen spills!)

      @Money Funk – I hear ya! My paper consumption has gone down too. Now all I have to do is switch to cloth hankies for my constantly running nose (as Mr. Credit Card suggested) and I’ll be golden. On a side note, I’m not quite ready to go paperless in the bathroom though. 😉

  8. eemusings

    I grew up in a household that never used paper towels or any of those products, so we’ve continued the trend 🙂
    .-= eemusings´s last blog ..SOS: Costume party =-.


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