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We use cloth tablecloths everyday. I buy busy prints when they are on sale. It saves the table, especially if you have a little one who gets as much on the table as themselves. It is more sanitary than the vinyl ones that you can never get all the food off of.
Growing up, my mom bought inexpensive, busy prints of terry cloth and made table cloths and napkins out of it. For a while we each had different colors so we knew whose was whose.
We only use cloth towels for clean ups and it saves so much and does a better job. Cloth diapers are the best deal ever and my potty trainer uses cloth training pants with rubber pants at night. Investing in a few dozen heavy duty diapers has lasted all of our five children.
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DH and I switched to cloth napkins several years ago. I have enough napkins to use one a day and then I put them in with the load of towels I wash weekly. It may add a couple of minutes to my folding routine, but I think it's worth it. I bought some inexpensive thin white washcloths at the dollar store to use in the kitchen instead of paper towels. I make rags from old t-shirts and old towels and use them for cleaning very messy jobs. Sometimes I wash them and sometimes I toss them. I feel good we don't buy so many napkins or paper towels and saves the environment.
Good idea helps with going green. I use cloth napkins all the time. I have enough cloth napkins that I wash them once a month. Brought them at yard sales and flea markets.
Isn't having to wash cloth napkins and clean up cloths as expensive as just using paper? I have so much laundry to do as it is, I can't imagine washing napkins daily. I buy a big supply of paper napkins and hey they are cheap enough.....my time is worth something and I am othewise fairly thrifty and frugal....and I recycle a lot!
My mother bought us each a set of wash cloths and stiched our initials on them. We used these instead of cloth napkins and they were easily washed.
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