The napkins can usually be purchased for $0.50 to a $1.00 each depending on where you buy them. I once purchased a clearance priced set of 4 from Target for a $1.00. I made sure to purchase enough for when we have family over.
You can also make your own from old cotton t-shirts but keep in mind the type of fabric you use will determine the amount of absorbency. I would strongly recommend you refrain from decorating the homemade napkins with glitter or puff paint as that might defeat their purpose.
By linex_4 from San Antonio, TX
Yes, amazing stuff! They also work fine for getting spaghetti sauce out of carpets. The only problem with that is that you wind up with a spot that is a lot cleaner than the rest of the carpet.
I use them not only for napkins but also for face-cloth, pre-towel drop absorber, (yes, one of them catches all the drops and wetness on me after a shower, and the big towel is just for invigorating the skin), dish rag, for cleaning chrome and porcellain, and so on.
As long as you keep them out of the dryer and dry them on a line, they seem to last forever. Micro-fiber is not the cheapest per square inch, but sure seems to be the most cost-effective.
By DearWebby from Black Diamond, AB
Source: Years ago I learned of this idea from a friend of my mother.
By Shelly from Spring Hill, KS
I usually buy paper towels to use as napkins, but could I do without buying them and use something I have in the home instead?
By Alice from Ireland
Thanks to everyone for your suggestions, I have a lot of ideas now!
With best wishes,
I'm trying not to buy paper napkins and want to replace them with cloth ones. Even at Wal-Mart, they were more than I wanted to pay. I'm not a sewer, so I need a creative alternative. Thanks in advance.
I do the same as lieast. (her post is above.) I buy one color for my husband and another color washcloth for me, then we can use it 2 or 3 times before tossing it into the wash. I stack them in a little basket in the corner of my counter in the kitchen so we can each grab our own if I forget to put them out on the table with meals.
Save money and our planet. Use fingertip towels, bandanas, or cloth napkins instead of paper napkins. Use them a day or two or even just the meals for one day then toss them into the laundry basket. Keep plenty on hand. Keep a few sets of new ones for use when you have guests.
By Hope from Charleston, SC
I even buy my cloth napkins at the thrift store which saves more money and is recycling at the same time. (04/27/2007)
By Jessica from Jersey
By the way, be careful with red napkins. Mom got some from a garage sale and when they got washed, we had pink clothing... (09/20/2008)
By Hyena Cub
The problem with the paper napkins (and, believe me, I totally understand their convenience) is all the water and energy used to produce them plus they sit around in the plastic trash bag in the landfill unable to biodegrade.
Well, those are my thoughts. I hope they gave you some of the explanation you were looking for. (10/17/2008)
There is always room for 7 or 8 cloth napkins in my wash. I'm always usually scrounging for something to fill up my load anyway. I'm not using any extra water or energy than I would have already. Also it's teaching your kids to upcycle. (11/18/2008)
By Mary K
Penni, Hillsborough, NC (07/20/2009)