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?