Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Living Without Paper Products in the Kitchen #green
Sometimes, taking steps to living greener makes it easier. Growing up, my parents were very frugal with paper towels, so I never really overused them. Instead of paper towels, I have a spot under my kitchen sink for rags. Whenever something spills on the floor, I grab a rag. I stocked up on hand towels so there are always plenty of clean towels to dry my hands with instead of using a paper towel. In fact, the only thing I mainly use paper towels for is to drain greasy foods.
Instead of using paper towels to clean with, I use a rag. Cleaning windows? I use newspaper, old sheets or a microfiber cloth.
When the children were small, I purchased small washcloths to wipe their faces with. Cleans up better than a napkin or paper towel. But as they got older, we started using napkins. After seeing my children go through two or three or more napkins a meal, I knew something had to give. I finally decided I was going to use cloth napkins. At first, the idea felt very formal to me. But before I even purchased them, I made up my mind that I was not going to worry about stains on them. After all, these weren't going to be napkins used for company, so as long as they were clean, I figured we could overlook any stains. So, I bought a stack of cloth napkins (enough to have till the next load of laundry) and we started using them. It's actually been a good thing. Since I don't worry about stains, it really is no effort to just toss them in the laundry. And actually, they wash up surprisingly well and I don't really have any major stains on them.
So, we did it. We are virtually paper free in the kitchen. Maybe I have inspired you to cut back or eliminate paper products in your home. Oh, and just think of all the money you will save!