Replace paper towels in your home and save money (and the environment). Most kitchens today have a roll of paper towels on the counter; some homes go through a roll or more every single day. That’s a whole lot of money to spend and a a lot of garbage being produced.
Why Should Your Replace Paper Towels?
- They don’t clean as well as the alternatives.
- They aren’t reusable so they continue to be an expense over and over again.
- They are not environmentally friendly. They fill up our landfills and use trees (though some are made from recycled materials).
Now before you get all up in arms, I am not saying you should NEVER use a paper towel. I still have them and we use them. But we have greatly reduced our dependence on them.
How to Replace Paper Towels In Your Home And Save Money
Let me start off by saying that we DO still use paper towels in the house. For things like grease or pet accidents – paper towels are my go-to; but we don’t use them for everything anymore.
Replace Paper Towels as Napkins
One of the big things we used to use paper towels for was as napkins. This is a simple solution – go cloth! Even if you are the best seamstress you can make a cloth napkin. But check out the no-sew options too! Look for fabric that will wash well and be easy to remove stains from. Great thing? You can buy a fabric you love! Remember to check out the sales in your area for the best deals.
The other option is to purchase a set or two of ready to use cloth napkins. You’re still going to have a great savings over disposable.
Drying your hands with paper towels is fast but wasteful. I use the Norwex Kitchen Towel in our kitchen now and I love it. I have always used a kitchen towel but found you had to change them a lot because the got funky fast. I won’t go into a big sales pitch here but these are definitely worth a check out.
Replace Paper Towels for Cleaning
Cleaning with paper towels seems like the most sanitary way to clean but they are so wasteful. And often paper towels just move bacteria and germs around instead of actually removing them.
Again we switched over to using the microfiber cloths from Norwex and couldn’t be happier to not only get rid of paper cleaning but toxic cleaners too.
- Old tees that you aren’t wearing anymore
(I would recommend sticking with a 100% cotton)
- Cloth Diapers
- Burp Clothes (I like these better than the diapers because they aren’t as thick)
Make a DIY Reusable Paper Towel Roll!
If you love an awesome DIY you might want to try this NO SEW project – Unpaper Towels. Or check out this video for instructions in a sewing version.
It really isn’t that hard to replace paper towels in your home and save money (and do a solid for the environment to boot). There are so many options! Have you given up paper towels? What are you currently using?
Looking for other frugal ideas for your homestead? Let me hook ya up! 😉