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Alternatives to Paper Towels

I have decided not to buy paper towels anymore. I am using several alternatives. For draining fried foods (bacon, chicken, fries) I use a cloth diaper. I had some new ones that we're never used for my grandson. After I put the food on the diaper, I wash (degrease with dish soap) the diaper after I wash the dishes and let it dry on the old paper towel holder.

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Dish towels, cut up old towels/sheets and old wash cloths are my other substitutions. I just think about when I grew up without paper towels, and how much I do not have to succumb to the imagined need for them.

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To save on paper towels, and land fill. Tie a hanging towel in the kitchen. They are hard to find, but easy to make. I use mine, when cooking and cleaning the whole time.

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April 1, 2011

If I give up paper towels, what should we use for quick pick ups, spills, etc.? I don't want to be passing germs using cloth rags, on items in the kitchen. Any ideas?

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May 8, 2009

What are some alternatives to using paper towels? - Nancy J.

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