Monday, November 16, 2009
A couple months ago I decided to stop buying paper towels. At Target, I saw a pack of washclothes that were $3.50 for eight. I bought two packs and put them in the kitchen drawer with my kitchen towels. Then, I spent $1 and bought a small bucket to keep in the cupboard behind the trash can.
Instead of reaching for a paper towel, I reach for a cloth rag. When the rag is dirty, I throw it in the bucket, and then throw the bucket of rags in the washing machine every few days with another load.
I wish I could say that I completely stopped using paper towels, but we still do use them for things like bacon grease. I have, however, significantly reduced the amount of paper towels we use! Instead of going through 2 - 4 / month, we now go through 1 every couple months.
The next step for us is getting rid of paper napkins. I have cloth napkins -- we just have to get in the habit of using them!