Zero Waste and Paper Towels | Don’t get me wrong, I love a good “quicker picker upper.” With pets, a baby, and a tendency to spill things often, having something easily accessible to clean up messes is a must for me. And how great are paper towels? Just tear off what you need, clean up your mess, and toss – oh so – effortlessly. Many other people think so too considering the average person uses 45 lbs. of paper towels per year.
We love our disposable paper products. Paper waste accounts for over 25% of total landfill waste.
- Show them the money savings. From personal experience, our household saves $100-$200 a year now that we do not purchase paper towels. And no, adding small rags to your existing loads of laundry isn’t going to cost you more money in water – I’ve compared our usages.
- Stop buying them. Everyone in the house will have to use cloth if the paper towels have disappeared.
- Simply communicate that you’d like to give this a try and that cutting waste is important to you. Come on now, couple support! 🙂 At the very least, ask them to just give it a try.
“What about cleaning the bathroom and wiping up all that gross hair?”
I personally sweep all of the bits with a small hand broom, then spray down my bathroom with my homemade cleaning solution and wipe clean.
“Do I have to purchase additional rags or make my own?”
That is completely up to you but I would suggest saving your money – I mean – they’re just rags. I personally use old wash rags because they are very absorbent. You can also take holey socks or rip up stained or torn t-shirts.
“What do you do when you are at work or in a public restroom?”
I always have a cloth napkin on me on the go. Avoiding waste is all about being prepared. If I don’t have a cloth on me I simply shake them dry.
“What do you do for cleaning up greasy or oily messes?”
I first sprinkle baking soda on the mess so that it absorbs the liquid, then I wipe clean.
“How many rags do I need for a family of 2 and a puppy?”
My rule of thumb is 3-5 per person/pet. Including pets I have a household of 10 so about 30 rags. Just a personal preference – it works perfectly for us.
“But cleaning up pet vomit – with cloth?”
Absolutely! And here’s why – not even a waste reason – with paper towels, my fingers always seemed to poke through to the dark side. Yuck. With cloth, that doesn’t happen. I wipe up the mess, my fingers stay clean, I shake off the particulates outside, and throw the rag into the wash. Easy.
“How do you drain oily food?”
On a baking rack that is on top of a baking sheet. Drains more oil that paper towels – and you know what that means – crispier potato chips!
Did I cover everything? I promise you, switching to cloth isn’t so scary. Just try it for little bit to test it out. I bet a lot of you will never switch back!
Do you have other questions regarding switching to paper towels? If so, comment below!