5 Ways to Eliminate Paper Towel Dependency

5 Ways to Eliminate Paper Towel Dependency

I have two young children, a 6 month old baby girl and 2.5 year old boy. People are often shocked when I explain that both of them were/are in cloth diapers! The thought may make some break out into a cold sweat, but it seemed like the natural decision for our family, as cutting back on waste is priority for us.

As with all changes, it took awhile until we got into the habit, and now, we're tackling moving away from our dependency on paper towels.

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First, for those times where they are the best option, try these Recycled Paper Towels from Seventh Generation. Made from 100% recycled paper, they minimize the use of virgin wood pulp.

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Moving on from paper, are these biodegradable cellulose cleaning cloths by Full Circle. Made from plant based cellulose, they are not only reusable but dishwasher safe.

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Why not grab a pair of pinking shears and cut your own terry cloth cloths with this tutorial from My Merry Messy Life.

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Similarly, try these inexpensive sack cloth options from One Good Thing by Jillee.

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Lastly, for the avid seamstress, these plastic snap options from That Short Girl's Blog are fantastic!

There is something for everyone!

Happy Cleaning!

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PaperlessKitchen on Mar 21, 2013:

Thanks so much for featuring some products on our site! We look forward to working with you!

Anonymous on Mar 13, 2013:

Great blog and thanks for metioning my reusable paper towel tutorial.The Short Girl

MsChilePepper on Mar 13, 2013:

And don't forget cloth napkins!  My family has used them exclusively for years and they're great!  They don't need to be washed after every meal if you haven't been particularly messy, and they're just so much nicer when you are eating something messy, like barbecued ribs or corn on the cob.  We have a big basket full of assorted patterns and colors, some commercially made, and some homemade.  Most don't need ironing, either, as long as they're folded promptly out of the dryer.  Great for big parties -- just put the basket on the end of the buffet table and everyone can grab one!

Matt Allison on Mar 13, 2013:

Hi Guys, thanks for your comments and positive reinforcement, keep the suggestions coming!

Jessica on Mar 13, 2013:

Packs of organic cotton flat diapers are really absorbant, and can be easily cut up into smaller pieces.  But really you can actually just use old sheets, old t-shirts or really any old clothes that you have lying around.  Having a small "laundry basket" under the sink to toss the rags, dishclothes and tea towels in makes it super easy and convenient too.

I honestly never understood the obsession with paper towel, it just always seemed like a waste of money to me.

Scout on Mar 13, 2013:

I have always kept a 'rag' bag full of absorbant cloths for clean-ups (all re-cycled). Just include 'used' one with a white load. Works for everthing except bacon!

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