Its really important to me to be eco-friendly and make good environmental choices.
I've switched our cleaning products to chemical free options: opting to use vinegar instead of glass cleaner and dryer balls instead of chemical filled dryer sheets.
Buying green cleaning and laundry products was an easy switch, but I recently decided I should start to limit paper waste as well. We don't use paper dishes or napkins; so I never bought those anyway- but we definitely blow through paper towels.
We use them for everything: cleaning, eating, hand drying, pet messes, human messes; whatever we can think of. But it usually takes a bunch of wadded up paper towels to clean up the same amount of water as just one fabric hand towel.
We already use hand towels in our bathrooms to dry our hands; so I started using them in the kitchen too. I've also chosen my "less pretty" older and worn towels to designate for cleaning the floors, bathrooms, and larger messes. My pretty hand towels remain elevated to "hand and dish use only"- because I can't even think about ruining something as pretty as these hand embroidered tea towels from My Inspired Farmhouse.
Reasons to make the switch:
- Conserve: Save the trees. Paper towels require cutting down a lot of trees. We all know how important it is to recycle; but unfortunately paper towels don't recycle well. They're hard to breakdown and actually require twice as much energy as whats needed to make a plastic bag.
- Reduce pollution: Creating these products releases toxic materials into our environments; if less people are using them, less need to be created.
- Money: I think this is a no brainer; washing reusable towels costs pennies to the dollars of buying new rolls of paper towels each week.
First: make sure you have a stockpile of towels. They don't have to be pretty; but there has to be a bunch of them; and they need to be accessible! To have an easy transition, you don't want to be frustrated and missing the paper towels.
We keep ours under the kitchen sink so they're accessible for hand washing, dish washing and drying, and cleaning product use. If you don't have a lot of towels; you can "downgrade" your current collection to cleaning status and buy a bunch of new pretties like these:
You'll be saving the cash on not buying more paper towels; so why not invest it into some pretty tea towels that match your decor? My favorites right now come from Heather over at My Inspired Farmhouse. In addition to that adorable blog; this amazing #girlboss has an adorable etsy shop with aprons and THE BEST little grain sack towels. She hand embroiders them!
Why don't you go follow heather on Instagram @myinspiredfarmhouse for a chance to win this adorable holiday towel?!
It's going to be part of our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway- Don't miss out!