Ditching Paper Towels. Does it Save Money?
Years ago on Pinterest, I started seeing pins on how to make unpaper towels. Made from Birdseye, which is expensive. You sew fabric to the back side and add snaps. You could link them together and get them look like a regular roll of paper towels. I thought that was neat; I pinned it with intentions of sewing but never did.
Then when I started thinking I better start using cleaning rags and unpaper towels I thought the snaps are probably going to cause problems. With the snap sticking out it has the potential to scratch things. I decided not to go in that direction.
I started using Birdseye cloth diapers to clean instead. The reason I chose these is simple they can clean any surface including glass and are super absorbent. Personally, 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 up glass in my opinion. I notice streaks and lint left behind. I do prefer these for surface cleaning.
There are other options like using old socks to dust. Cutting up old towels and t-shirts. You do not have to go out and spend money if you cannot afford it.
I use reusable cloths pretty much for everything. Except for the toilets. Because I do not separate my cloths, I do not have ones that are specifically for toilets. To avoid cross contamination, I do use paper towels on the toilets.
Washing is easy as well. I do recommend because you are using cleaners and there may be crumbs or dirt on them to rinse before washing. When you do laundry, it adds water to what is already dirty, so chances are the microfiber will have things stuck to it when you remove it. Just do not dry microfiber on high heat.
Since I started using reusable cloth for cleaning my paper towel usage has gone down drastically. 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 start going green without feeling like you're sacrificing a lot.
Whatever reason you chose to use reusable cloth for cleaning it is a smart and easy choice. It will help the earth and your wallet.