Some time ago, I tried a kitchen experiment by replacing paper towels with cloth towels. Here’s an update.
Not only have I saved money by not having to purchase paper towels, I’ve found that the cloth towels come in handy with things like washing dishes, cleaning windows, polishing furniture and…get this, washing the kitchen floor. The beauty is that all you have to do is throw it in the washing machine and it’s ready for the next use. The homemade laundry detergent is working wonders on these towels.
My entire family is now 100 percent on board. Although we still have store-bought sponges, I find that we’ve been using them less and less. The sponges tend to get gross and gucky (yes, I did say gucky). My 11 year old gets totally grossed out by a gucky sponge and will only use her index finger and thumb to pick it up while the rest of her fingers make a futile attempt to disengage themselves from her hand.
When the cloth towels get gucky, they are tossed into a basket for washing. Right before they get really gucky, I use them to wipe down the floor at the end of the day. It serves two purposes
- I get exercise by washing the floor by hand (or foot, depending on which muscle group is the group to be exercised for the day), and
- My kitchen floor remains clean because a nightly wiping down gets rid of the daily juice spills and other treats left on the floor.
This little experiment worked better than I thought. My sponges have been relegated to really ugly jobs like cleaning the bathroom. Approximately 95 to 98 percent of my kitchen is cleaned with washable cloth towels. I look at it as a win for the environment, a win for my pocketbook and a win for my household (win-win-win).