I recently had to purchase two rolls of paper towels for my daughter’s PK-3 classroom. As it has literally been years since I’ve bought paper towels, I was shocked – SHOCKED, I tell you! – by how expensive a roll is! I could not believe the grocery store charges $2-$3 dollars for a roll of flimsy paper destined for the garbage can.
We completely gave up paper towels nearly 10 years ago. I still remember the exact moment: we were living in our small vintage apartment in Evanston and I was smooshing the garbage down into the can to fit in more paper towels. “What am I doing??” I remember asking myself. It just seemed so silly, so wasteful, so unnecessarily indulgent. At that moment we quit cold turkey and we’ve never gone back.
We have a reliable stash of reusable cloth towels that do the job just fine, thankyouverymuch. Since I do at least one load of laundry a day, I always make a quick sweep through the kitchen for dirty towels that can be tossed into the wash. We never run a load of just towels – they always “ride free” with whatever else I am washing. Keepin’ it green.
My favorite towels are simple blue striped commercial grade bistro towels. A pack of 13 costs just $16.99 – about the same as I’d spend in a couple weeks on paper towels, but the reusable ones last muuuuuuch longer. These 100% cotton towels are super absorbent, heavy duty and easy to clean. I use them to wipe down the counters, pick up cereal messes, dry hands, clean faces. They are truly just as all-purpose as their paper counterparts – but with much less expense to our budget and the planet.
Here’s the link to buy them in case the paper towel blues are getting you down, too: http://astore.amazon.com/homemademothe-20/detail/B00H1HYZ9C
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