Instead of using paper napkins or short lived cloth napkins, I bought a stack of 8" x 8" micro-fiber cloths in the mid 90's. They can absorb 8 oz (1 glass) of water, each.
Yes, amazing stuff! They also work fine for getting spaghetti sauce out of carpets. The only problem with that is that you wind up with a spot that is a lot cleaner than the rest of the carpet.
I use them not only for napkins but also for face-cloth, pre-towel drop absorber, (yes, one of them catches all the drops and wetness on me after a shower, and the big towel is just for invigorating the skin), dish rag, for cleaning chrome and porcellain, and so on.
As long as you keep them out of the dryer and dry them on a line, they seem to last forever. Micro-fiber is not the cheapest per square inch, but sure seems to be the most cost-effective.
By Helmut from Black Diamond, AB
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