I'm almost misty-eyed over this one, but, alas, it's time for me to start, yet, another challenge----
*cue the dramatic music*
I'm going to try to live without paper towels. *tear*
I do love a paper towel. So handy, so convenient, so disposable. I know it's clean, it's the right size and will absorb some tough messes.
Oh, how I love thee.
But, then I started thinking......yes, thinking about paper towels.......and realizing that not using them might just be one of the most painless money-saving moves I could make---AND, it helps the environment, to boot!
I kind of poked around looking for statistics on paper towel usage, cost, etc, and really couldn't find anything too definitive. But, let's just say you buy a roll of paper towels for $2.00 and you use about a roll a week, (which, around here, isn't too unusual!!), that equals, about, $104/year. Yes, that's not a horrific amount of money, but it's used on something you throw away!! Couldn't you use that money more wisely???
So, even though I'm in love with the paper towel----I must set it free......at least, TRY to!
Here's how I'm hoping to do that:
- For starters, I am just going to STOP buying them. (Concept, huh?!)
- Next, I'm going to accumulate semi-nice towels, cloths, etc and stack them in a basket next to the kitchen sink. These are going to be used for wiping down counters, the stove, the sink, and anything else that needs to be wiped! Any time I would have gone to grab for a paper towel, I'll grab one of these ACTUAL towels! This sort of cloth can get smelly quickly, though, so I have to remember to change it out daily.
- For bigger spills and messes, I'll keep another basket of "rattier" towels under the sink for quick clean-up.
- I'll use old t-shirts, burp cloths, onesies, etc, for other clean-up projects, such as: windows, shining appliances, dusting, etc.
Now, obviously this will add to my laundry load, but it really won't add much---I have to do laundry anyway, so I might as well throw them in with the rest!
That's a pretty simple plan, but one I think will work! (We'll see......)
It's worth a hefty try!!!
Do you think you could live without paper towels?????
Why not give it a try......