How many rolls of paper towels do you use a year?
We probably only buy 3-4 rolls of paper towels and reserve them for particularly messy situations. I usually forget they are even under the sink.
Otherwise, I have been using a legitimate, real towel for cleanups.
To get to this point, I have stocked our kitchen with lots of actual towels that get washed in the washer instead of tossed in the trash can.
In our small kitchen closet, we have one drawer devoted to “rags” or clean up towels and we keep one hanging underneath the sink. These are basically just old towels, be they old bath hand towels or old dish towels. Certain towels are used specifically for the bathroom and ones for the kitchen.
The second drawer holds cloth napkins and dishcloths. The third has hand and dish towels.
Having plenty of towels on hand keeps us from having to reach for the paper version, which we keep around for emergency back up.
After the towels are used, I let them dry on the washer door and toss them in the hamper.
A huge pro of using real towels in the kitchen is that it doesn’t necessarily mean more laundry. At the end of the week, usually on Friday or Saturday morning, I collect all the towels from around the house, wash them on hot, and replace them with clean ones.
The bath towels and sheets needed to be washed anyway, so it’s no more work for me, and no additional load of laundry.
We save money and landfill space. Win-win!