I posted a few days ago about our need to cut down on paper towel use. I think I’ve been making some progress. When you get used to using convenience products, you just don’t realize how much you use them until you try to cut back or stop.
I’ve started using flour sack dish towels to dry fruits, veggies, and lettuce after washing. I’ve started using a small lid to set my spoon down on when I make coffee (I was using a paper towel, of course).
The one thing I gave in on was the cat barf. Paper towels for that.
I was wrong about something, however… I said that it would be hard to get away from disposables. Once I started paying attention to how much paper towels were being used, I started noticing other things. I could easily replace the scrubber sponges I used to wash dishes and clean the kitchen. I could buy or make fabric napkins. I have a bag of towels and blankets designated “hairy beast things”, and I could use some of those towels to clean up Ms. Cat’s occasional messes. I also realized what a slave I am to disinfecting wipes, which are probably not that good to have around the house anyway. Time to research natural disinfecting cleaner recipes.
Ditching all the disposables is probably one of the most money-saving things that we can do. Stocking up on kitchen towels is much more efficient than stocking up on paper towels. It can’t hurt to have some paper towels available, just in case clean water becomes scarce for a time, but it would be smart to reserve those for emergencies.
Does anyone have more ideas for ditching reliance on disposable products?
Just a Mom