Photo by Salt Water New England

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Replacing Paper Towels

Photos by Salt Water New England

Some are reducing their use of paper towels through use of more reusable products. 


11 comments:

  1. I also use Swedish dishcloths for my kitchen counters and machine wash them after one use. They've lasted me almost two years now. Just don't put them in the dryer.

    To reduce plastic I make my own kitchen counter spray that's in a glass spray bottle. The vinegar and orange oil I use to make it are also in glass bottles. I use old-fashioned unscented Castile bar soap that comes packaged in paper to hand wash my dishes which cleans and rinses well except for anything extra fatty like roasts. This way I use just one plastic bottle of liquid soap every six months for dishes and zero plastic bottles for counter cleaner.

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    1. To clarify, I wash the reusable dishcloths after one use but machine wash my kitchen linens together once a week which includes vintage linens for hand drying my dishes.

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  2. Every week I wash a stack of dish towels, a stack dish cloths, and a stack of rags. I add old towels sometimes. The tradition, handed down from generations, predates my awareness of the world. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

    Although I use a plastic spray bottle, I also love the Mrs. Meyer's concentrate. I just mixed a batch of geranium.

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    1. As usual, I concur with the redoubtable Mr. Irvine. Of course old bath towels are very useful for drying a hand washed vehicle. Might add that a roll of paper towels & a hand towel are SOP in my 240 & Riceburner Land Cruiser.

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    2. Having never been called redoubtable I proudly shared this with my wife. Amen on towels in cars, especially older ones! My wife pointed out that our paper towels last a long time since we each have a cloth napkin with a napkin ring with our name on it. This is a tradition in our family that doubtless came from USN ward rooms in the 19th century or earlier. We have a longish line of naval officers.

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  3. We use cotton dish towels and wash them. We also have standard paper towels for other emergencies in the kitchen. We see no need to change this pattern.

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  4. Been cutting up my old holey clothing for kitchen rags for many years. Glad to hear being cheap is cool again!

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  5. Use cotton kitchen towels for most clean ups. But I haven't completely gotten rid of paper towels because I use them for really gross jobs -- occasionally my golden gets sick and that gets cleaned up with paper towels -- which I dispose of immediately! The price of having an always HUNGRY golden!

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  6. The Swedish cloth is hard to beat! Thanks so very much!

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  7. OXO Bottle Brush or Tot bottle brush to wash all dishes, quick/easy/more cost effective to disinfect putting brush head in jar of one solution of disinfectant: peroxide or bleach, or Lysol, etc., then eventually adding that jar as a booster to load of laundry to be washed.

    Waffle weave cotton dishtowels from the Dollar Store (ah yep) are the best here in the desert with hard brackish water put thru the softener water system.

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