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In the Kitchen

For routine cleaning like wiping down the kitchen counter, you can use a sponge or a kitchen towel. Not only do reusables like this help save trees, they save you money in the end! If you want to be ultra eco-friendly, look for kitchen towels that are 100 percent organic cotton.

If you’re feeling crafty, it’s easy as pie to make your own kitchen towels out of any absorbent fabric you choose! Organic cotton or hemp are excellent for absorbing spills, and you might want to pick a busier pattern to hide small stains and blemishes.

This video tutorial is for making cloth napkins, but you can easily adjust the fabric dimensions to make two-ply tea towels instead. Rather than the 10″ W x 10″ H that the video calls for, just use a 34″ W x 25″ H piece of fabric instead.

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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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4:36AM PST on Jan 2, 2014

My cat is going out through her own small doors and doing everything on her own ;))

3:27PM PDT on Sep 26, 2013

Good tips,thanks for sharing

2:48PM PDT on May 1, 2013

Instead of using anything to clean the litter box, invest in a Cat Genie--the toilet for cats. Not only do our cats love it, but we do too. No more scooping or touching litter--it connects to your toilet and you flush the waste away. It's great and will pay for itself as the litter is washable. It's definitely worth the money. No one would ever know that we have 3 cats because there is absolutely zero litterbox odor. Check it out:

5:28AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013


11:18PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

hi everyone, please sign this petition and help

5:56PM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

what happened to stop using cloth because it retained germs?

11:21AM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

this is great. i'm trying to transition out of using paper towels. thanks!

12:13PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011


3:59AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

I use rags to clean my cats litter box, after washing it in my bathtub with hot water a chemical free detergent and vinegar.

3:50AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

I don't use paper towels.
In the kitchen i use dish towels.
Microfiber cloths are great for cleaning. Rags too.
I also use rags and cotton towels to clean my cats litter box and hamster house. I wash them in the washing machine, and reuse them for the same purpose.
I also try to avoid using paper napkins. In my house we use fabric napkins.

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