But honestly, being “green” with my cleaning may have been the initial reason I wanted to try out unpaper towels but I stuck with it and replaced them completely because I love the way they work and how easy it is! They are absorbant, tough and clean really well. I also love not having to buy a huge pack of paper towels at the market. More room in the cart and less to carry.
While you are at it, you will want to make a kitchen wet bag to have a place to toss your cloths in until you are ready for laundry day.
Now you can buy these in various places for ridiculous prices but it is really simple to make them yourself. The key is finding the right fabric that is thin yet absorbent. I have found that birdseye cotton is the ideal fabric for your unpaper towels but others would work too. Birdseye cotton has a bumpy almost waffle weave and was used for classic cloth diapers – the kind your great grandmother probably used on her babies.
For edging, you can use a serger if you have one like I did or a simple zigzag stitch will keep the edges tidy too.
If you are unable to find birdseye cotton, cotton flannel can also be used. But really, you can find them here on Amazon, so you don’t have an excuse. But if still choose not to use this material, it won’t be quite as absorbent or thin but it will do the trick! If you don’t mind thickness, cotton terrycloth is also wonderfully absorbent and you could just use several extra rags for your towels.
It took a bit of time to get used to using them for messes, especially when they were so fresh and new! My husband would spill coffee and not want to “stain” them for example, so we had to remind ourselves that that is what they were for! I’ve found that they don’t actually stain much, that the messes wash out really well (not that it matters) and especially since you’ll probably rinse them before tossing them in the wash pile.
Any you? Share your eco-friendly cleaning tips, products and handmades here!