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If you feel that using sponges, rags and handtowels are unsanitary, simply put one in the microwave (damp---never dry) for one minute. It kills the bacteria. I NUKE my sponge before I use it each day.
I use a cheap toilet roll instead. It's very absorbent for mopping up grease, and will not scratch like kitchen paper. It costs 20p where kitchen roll costs about £1, and lasts longer. You can't use it for big cleaning jobs, but using kitchen paper for these is very expensive anyway and the job is better done with a cloth.
Funny, I thought I was the only one to do this. Well, I use to. Now, I've found something even cheaper. I don't know if there are Dollar Tree stores where you are. Here they sell a 160 count pack of large paper napkins for a dollar. They work really well. I like to wipe as much grease as I can from a pan before I put a soapy dish cloth in it. I try not to let any grease go down the drain.
We use paper towels in our house. I really don't like using a germy towel, so I buy recycled towels and if people only use the paper towel to dry their washed, clean hands off, we put them in a pretty little basket.
I use washcloths to clean up spills instead of paper towels whenever possible. This saves a lot of money and the washcloths can just be washed when doing laundry. Try it! You'd be amazed.
Every time I wash my hands and use a paper towel to dry them off, I use the fact that it is wet and give a quick clean-up swipe to either the splashes of water on the sink and counter top or another small spot of dirt that could use the ol' once-over.
To stretch the use of your paper towels, obtain a net bag. After using a paper towel to dry hands or wipe water off counter top, place the paper towel in the net bag to air dry.
If you use paper towels, think about going green and switching to rags. You can make your own non-paper towels with your own old t-shirts, baby blankets, flannel shirts, etc., or you can find them cheap in thrift shops.
I save a bit on paper towels and the trash they create when I am draining fried foods. Rather than using several layers of paper towels, I first place a few pages of an expired telephone book on the plate, then only one or two towels.
I buy the good paper towels, like Viva, and halve them. Half of one of these is better than two of the cheaper kind.
After washing your hands, use a paper towel to dry. Once you're done, use that same paper towel to clean the counter and sink and faucet. You'll always have a clean sink. By Vonetta
If you are going to use paper towels the most obvious savings are to always buy the "select-a-size" where there are already perforations for a half a sheet.
I recently read a tip from a reader who rinsed out her paper towels to see if she could use them a little more before reaching for another towel. I believe I can do her one better. I save the old towels, washcloths, dishcloths, etc. that are too thin or ragged for their original use.
I hardly ever buy paper towels any more. Instead, I buy packages of handi wipes from the dollar store. I buy a package of 8-10 for a dollar. I can use them for all my cleaning and in the kitchen and they last a long time. I just rinse them out and reuse. This has saved me a lot of money.
By Kim from Franklin Park
Auto supply store and stores like Walmart carry "shop towels" in a roll. They are blue and packaged like paper towels but I use them instead of Handi-wipes. They are thicker than Handi-wipes, and, like them, can be rinsed (I've even machine washed them by mistake...and they held together). I use Handi-wipes in the kitchen, but shop towels for all the cleaning when I don't want to use rags (that last even longer).