I've started my Spring cleaning! I don't have a very big apartment but over time there are definitely things that need organization and a good clean. I discovered that this can take awhile and that I don't like doing it all at once. So, I've started small. I've also decided not to use paper towels. In fact, I haven't bought paper towels for over a year. It was a switch I decided to take on because I think they are wasteful and, most importantly, I don't feel like buying them all the time. I've found, if paper towels are around, I will use them and use them often! So, I'm breaking the habit. I also noticed after I switched, I didn't miss them all that much either. They seemed like such a convenience because they were so easy to grab for cleaning mirrors, wiping up spills, drying dishes and countertops, and occasionally as napkins. If you are accustomed to using paper towels in your house and are ready to make the switch to a more affordable, less wasteful option then read on. Making the switch is easy. In fact, I'd say it is more convenient to forgo buying roll after roll of paper towels when there are so many options to use stuff we already have to do the same job. Now that's convenience!
For me, my first task was finding an alternative to using paper towels when cleaning mirrors or other glass surfaces. The easy solution is crumpled up newspaper (yes this includes the newspaper fliers you get and consider junk mail!). Before you think about recycling it, save a stack for the next time you clean. It will come in handy. Newspaper is a great alternative to paper towels for glass because it leaves a streak and lint free finish. After using newspaper to wipe my mirrors clean, I really wouldn't go back to using paper towels even if I had a choice.If you find yourself using paper towels for other things around your house, think about using old t-shirts, sheets, and towels that you no longer use for rags instead. Fold them up, cut them up, just keep them around because they are very useful for dusting and wiping floors and other surfaces. When switching from paper towels, consider having more kitchen towels on hand so you always have a clean towel ready. Sponges work great too for cleaning and can be used instead of paper towels for many purposes like wiping up spills. One more thing to consider is using cloth napkins. Keep them in a basket or drawer near the table and then throw them in the laundry at the end of the week after they've been used. You can even have a variety of napkin rings nearby so everyone in the house remembers which napkin is theirs. Get a good start on all your Spring cleaning this year and say goodbye to buying rolls and rolls of paper towels.
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