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Reuse Paper Towels and Napkins

In our household, if you opt to use paper towels/napkins to dry your hands after washing then the paper towel/napkin should be used for at least another 2 times.

Here's how it works:

  1. Wash your hands and your hands are clean just wet, so you need a paper napkin to dry off.

  2. Once you finish drying off your hands, soak the napkin in water and squeeze excess water out.

  3. Allow paper napkin to dry on the counter and the following day, you'll have the napkin(s) to use.

  4. We usually repeat once again then the third time use to wipe down the tables, clean any messes/spills or accumulate for cleaning the restrooms mirrors, vanity and such. This process will only work if the paper towels/napkins are the durable kind. If they are the flimsy ones like the ones you receive from fast food restaurants, those won't work.

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October 22, 20170 found this helpful

When I wash my hair, before I blow dry it, I towel dry but then, I use be a paper dtowel and blot my still wet hair. Drys much faster. I also save the paper towel and reuse over and over.

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October 22, 20170 found this helpful

Yes, the paper towel is clean! No need to toss it out.

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January 14, 20180 found this helpful

This seems like a lot of work.

I get 8/1.00 handi wipes at the dollar tree. No tree has to die and I can get at least 2-4 weeks out of just one.


If you want to keep one dry for your hands, hang it over the oven handle and tie a pretty ribbon around it to keep it from falling off.

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April 22, 20180 found this helpful

Aren't your hands going to get wet again on step 2?

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May 14, 20180 found this helpful

Personally I rarely use paper towels now. We use a hand towel to dry hands and cloth napkins for use while eating. They only need to be washed occasionally, plus it is environmentally friendly, and easier on the budget.

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December 3, 20180 found this helpful

I do this too with my family! Unfortunately, my bf volunteered this information about us because he thought I wasn't making enough conversation with his friend. And his friend is a nursing assistant and said "Aren't you just wiping germs everywhere then?" I explained we wash our hands thoroughly, they're just wet so we dry them with our durable Bounty paper towels, soak, dry, and use for the floor or spills.


What's your take on this? Because after that, I felt kind of offended and wish my bf would stop trying to get me into conversations by volunteering information about me.

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