Ditching Paper Towels. Does it Save Money?
We all want to find easy ways to save money. If a money saving tip is earth friendly that is better right? Paperless Kitchens are something worth looking into.
On Pinterest I see pins on how to make unpaper towels. Unpaper towels are Bird's-eye which is expensive. Terry cloth is another option but does not appeal to me.You sew fabric to the back side and add snaps. You snap them together and get them to look like a regular roll of paper towels
When I made unpaper towels, I thought the snaps will cause problems. With the snap sticking out it has the potential to scratch things. I also realized the materials could be costly. I decided not to use unpaper towels.
You do not have to sew unpaper towels either Etsy and Amazon sells unpaper towels.
Instead, I used Bird's-eye cloth diapers to clean instead. The reason I chose these is simple. Bird's-eye can clean any surface including glass and are super absorbent. I prefer these for glass.
You can also opt to use microfiber cleaning cloths. They are cheap and attract crumbs. They are not ideal for cleaning glass. I notice streaks and lint left behind. I prefer these for surface cleaning.
Another option is using old socks to dust. Cutting up old towels and t-shirts are a great way to up-cycle and save. You need not spend money if you cannot afford to buy microfiber rags or unpaper towels.
I use reusable cloths pretty much for everything except for the toilets. To avoid cross contamination, I use paper towels on the toilets. Some people will keep a separate bin for rags used to clean toilets. That can get confusing so I use paper towels on toilets sparingly.
Washing your rags or cloth is easy. I recommend because you are using cleaners and crumbs or dirt will be on your cloth to rinse before washing. When you do laundry, your machine adds water to what is already dirty. So microfiber will have things stuck to the cloth when you remove it. Do not dry microfiber on high heat that is all the special care microfiber needs.
Since I used reusable cloth for cleaning my paper towel usage has gone down. It can take several days to use a roll. When I use generic paper towels, we go through a roll every 1-2 days, brand name about five. Now a generic roll will last five days and brand name a week.
Paper towels even generic are about a dollar per roll. So By using cloth, I am saving about six dollars per week. That is about twenty-five dollars a month. That's near $300 a year!
If saving money is not motivating, you are saving a lot of paper. It's an easy way to go green without feeling like you're sacrificing a lot.
Whatever reason you use reusable cloth for cleaning reuseable is a smart and easy choice. Paper free will help the earth and your wallet.