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By Susan from ThriftyFun
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.
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 them to Windex the TV, glass, clean out ashtrays, clean the sink area, clean up a spill, and the list can go on and on! Seems like I'm always finding a new use for them!
So I feel like am doing part, granted a small part, but I believe that if we all just make small changes, it will add up to something much larger! Small steps are easier for a lot of us to make and to stick with. By doing this little trick, I cut my purchasing of paper towels in half.
By Roamingeskimo from Vanceburg, KY
I'm much like aloham58. After washing and drying hands, I save the paper towel for later. Before I toss it I can use it again for either wiping away drops of water on the counter or splashes on the mirror. Or I hold onto the damp paper towel to wipe my hands when I'm eating a sticky finger food. I dust off items or clean my chihuahua's teary eye face or wiping up sticky stuff like jelly, honey or sugary liquids that may have dripped on the floor. My boyfriend got me started saving paper towels. He always stuffed them in his jeans pocket. Looks like he's wet his pants. lol. But I have to agree, why waste a perfectly good paper towel when you can put it to use elsewhere.
I use a cheap toilet roll instead. It's very absorbent for mopping up grease, and will not scratch like kitchen paper. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).