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Do You Use Cloth Instead of Paper Towels and Napkins?

Using cloth rags and napkins instead of their paper counterparts prevents waste before it happens, and is more environmentally safe, especially if you wash them in cold water. Americans go through rolls like clockwork but in Europe it's more common to use cloth. When I lived with a family in France, we each had our own cloth napkin with a designated napkin ring; we'd reuse it for a week or until it was soiled. Have you already picked up this habit?

radmama27 radmama27 9 years
Cloth all the way! Paper towels, what a waste!!
kmariem kmariem 9 years
We've been using cloth for years - saves money, too. In the summer I hang them on the line to dry - very sweet smelling.
omlove omlove 9 years
We use cloth napkins in the kitchen. Out here thats what people usually do. I feel it would be a waste to use paper napkins as so much of it would go in the trash everyday.
hottpink hottpink 9 years
hippiecowgirl - my hubby and I do the same thing! We had so many leftover from the wedding and didn't want them to go to waste!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yea....I am guilty of using paper towels! It's just so much more easier!
scottnjoel scottnjoel 9 years
We use cloth for dinner and paper for lunch and Breakfast. We're trying
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i am constantly surprised with how many people do not use cloth napkins/towels. i have never owned paper towels since i've been on my own (8 years). i like collecting nice napkins from my travels and use them everyday, plus have lots of rags for cleaning up. microfiber cloths are so great for cleaning just abotu anything! i love "mabu" cloths too.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I really want to make the switch, it's just taking longer than I expected.. I'm not sure if it's a resistence or just that I forget and keep buying the paper products lol
jillerin457 jillerin457 9 years
I could try to incorporate cloth into everyday life, but I'm pretty sure I could never break my bf of the paper habit. For cleaning, though, I only use cloth - and bleach the hell out of them afterwards!
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 9 years
other than a rag for dusting and a sponge for the kitchen sink or the bathtub, I cannot use a cloth or a sponge to clean as a general rule. The idea of the germs stuck all over it makes me sick, I like to use a new paper towel for each area. Not that this convo origionally got started about paper towels vs. cloths anyways, Lol.... ahh yes I use paper napkins. Bad me.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I've been buying cloth napkins lately because the paper ones are expensive and are a waste. The daily use one I get are from a local .99 cent store. I get three napkins for .99 cents!!! The linen and pretty cotton ones I use for special ocassions.
darkangel2305 darkangel2305 9 years
I feel weird about cloth in the kitchen with all the foods, water/liquids, and germs. I use paper towels, but I try to use each one until its to shreds. And when i use paper towels as napkins, I use them after dinner to clean up.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
We had 400 coctail napkins leftover from our wedding so we set the table with those for dinner or when we have company. I have microfiber rags to use when I'm cleaning so very few paper towels.
jasmint jasmint 9 years
I've given this a lot of thought lately (especially as I am running out of paper towels) and I think I'm going to pick up some cloth napkins this weekend. I find that more often than not, the paper towels I use are hardly soiled but they end up in the trash anyway, creating a lot of extra waste.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Yes, always. I find that nice cloth napkins feel luxurious to the hands and lips. They enhance my home-cooked meals. Also, because I enjoy the feel of nice fabric, I use vintage hankies to wipe my brow. I don't use paper napkins or kleenexes anymore.
KatieLake KatieLake 9 years
If I do use paper towels or napkins I throw them in the compost afterwards.
mini_pixie mini_pixie 9 years
when i was a kid, we always used cloth- my parents are cheap :) but since my hubby grew up with paper, we use them much more. plus he's a big labor-saver, and doesn't like to do laundry. he even uses paper towels in lieu of plates so he doesn't have to wash them!
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