Disposable kitchen towel – can you give it up?
Ahhhh, disposable paper towels in the kitchen. Man I LOVE these!
I used to get through one or two rolls PER WEEK!
Then I was challenged to give them up. Battling with OCD it was a tough call, but I did manage it.
I find myself slipping back on the bandwagon (I keep an emergency roll in the house) from time to time if I’m feeling depressed or anxious, but most of the time I manage to stay off the disposable kitchen roll and use washable cloths instead.
For this week’s “Change the world Wednesday” Small footprints has asked us to avoid using or buying paper towels for 7 days.
As I’m already doing this how can I join in?
Well Argentum Vulgaris has upped the ante by challenging us to eliminate serviettes from our lives. I don’t use those either and flatly refuse them wherever I go.
Ecolicious Mama challenged us to carry cloth napkins with us for times when we need a napkin “on the go” such as eating out or packing a lunch; Hmmm, this I do too – I usually carry around a flannel that has been wrung out and has a couple of drops of lavender essential oil on it – my instant ‘antibacterial wipe!’
Finally Liz & Gaby challenge us to not only switch to cloth towels but to reuse old clothing (T-shirts, etc.) instead.
So here’s what I’ve decided to do. I don’t want to be a party pooper and put my feet up in the corner so I’m going to do something I’ve been thinking about for a year or two.
I’m going to make and use wee cloths.
Yep, instead of reaching for a couple of squares of toilet paper after a pee I’m going to make my own reusable, washable cloths and use those instead.
Fortunately the bathroom is right next to the kitchen and when you walk out of the bathroom you pass the washing machine; so really, it couldn’t be easier could it?
I have a bag of clothes ready for the charity shop, so I shall have a rummage and see what I can cut into little squares. I don’t want to do any sewing, so I don’t know if I’ll find anything suitable. If not, it might have to be an old bath towel. I have plenty of holey ones in the cupboard.
I will NOT be using these for any other toilet business; that’s far too wacky for comfort, but I think I can try wee cloths in order to save toilet paper.
What about you – could you stop buying kitchen towel for a week or are you ready to take the wee cloth challenge?
Edit: I really rubbish at sewing and I know the idea of doing my own sewing will make me procrastinate and then fail at this challenge, so I’ve seen these on Etsy and have asked someone to make something similar for me from old scraps of material…