Paper Towel Alternatives


Since the washing machine doesn’t care whether one washes ten hand towels or forty, it’s economical to replace paper towels with reusable bar mops and cloth napkins.

Bar mops are small, 100% cotton towels that are super-absorbent and typically inexpensive. I keep stacks of them in the kitchen and use them for drying my hands, wiping up spills, and blotting dry washed vegetables.

As for napkins, I prefer to use white, since I can then wash them with the bar mops, saving time and laundry detergent.

Once used, all bar mops and napkins are tossed into a separate laundry basket. When the basket is full, its contents are dumped into the washer. If the whites start  looking dull, I might add a small amount of bleach.

The lot folds quickly out of the drier. If the napkins have a few wrinkles, I don’t worry about it. After all, I’m managing a home rather than a resort, and my goal isn’t to increase my workload. Instead, it’s to help the environment and the household budget, in this case by replacing paper toweling with a reusable alternative.

Published by cafsamsel

Carol Fullerton-Samsel is a nearly-native Floridian who lives with her husband of 25 years and three rescue animals. She has a passion for day-hiking and nature, and also enjoys writing. Be sure to visit the TenPaths YouTube channel, which is still in its infancy.

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