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3 Ways to Ditch Paper Towels

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When you’re out and about, it’s tempting to grab a paper towel to dry your hands after washing them, but is it really necessary? You can shake off the excess water and wipe your hands dry on your trousers to avoid using paper.

If drying your hands on your pants or skirt doesn’t appeal to you, you could keep a handkerchief or rag on you. Companies like People Towels even make handy towels designed to carry with you. Douglas Adams would be proud!

The only thing we still use paper towels for around here is cleaning the cat box. Cat waste is full of toxins, and I just don’t trust the washing machine to sanitize rags we used to wipe out the litter box. Do any of you use reusable rags for this? How do you go about cleaning them?

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Image Credits:
Paper Towel Tube. Creative Commons photo by CraftyGoat
Kitchen Towels. Creative Commons photo by Carissa Marie
Cleaning Supplies. Creative Commons photo by Chiot’s Run
Handkerchiefs. Creative Commons photo by maureen lunn

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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3:57PM PST on Nov 4, 2014

good to remember

7:26AM PST on Nov 4, 2014

Thanks

1:21PM PDT on Oct 31, 2014

thanks

5:13AM PDT on Oct 31, 2014

Nothing is useless

3:54AM PDT on Oct 31, 2014

Noted.

3:47AM PDT on Oct 31, 2014

I re-used them cleaning fat for the pan, thus water is not contaminated.

6:41PM PDT on Oct 30, 2014

All my cleaning products are reusable & natural except for paper towels & napkins, thanks for the great advice, I'll be trying to slowly phase them out now too.

12:59PM PDT on Oct 30, 2014

ty

8:15AM PDT on Oct 30, 2014

I use the microfiber cloths for just about everything. Also use cloth napkins and throw in the wash. A roll of papertowels last me about 6 months to a year. I hardly ever use them.

3:59PM PDT on Oct 29, 2014

Fabric napkins are so much nicer.

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