Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thrifty Thursday: Getting rid of paper towel...

Since we always seem to be mid-project in some room or another, I made a discovery while we were rearranging some furniture.  Somehow, in a tiny house with precious little storage space, we had an entire bureau full of towels, rags, washcloths, and other such absorbent things.  I have a 7-year-old boy, a husband, and 2 dogs.  I have messes.  
You know when you have one of those why-on-Earth-didn't-I-think-of-this-sooner moments?  Well, finding all of this absorbent material was one of those moments.  Paper towels are disposable, rather than reusable, and do exactly the same thing as all these things that I have for free and can wash and use over and over again.  Why should I keep paying for disposable paper products then?  I shouldn't.  So I don't.  Now this (pictured above) bin in our kitchen exists solely for the purpose of collecting cleaner-upper materials, and they're used in place of paper products for everything from shining up the bathroom sink to mopping up dog puke.

PS:  It helps if you have a utility sink somewhere in your house to rinse out particularly nasty substances before your washing machine is forced to battle with regurgitated kibble.  

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  1. Good for you! I love those epiphanies! Or, if you prefer, "duh" moments :) ! Since you have a growin' boy, might I also suggest that outgrown clothing (torn or cut up into handy sizes) can make WONDERFUL rags as well? I have a 16-month-old, and most of her outgrown clothes have gone to thrift stores or friends... but some of them were perfectly suited to continue their lives as rags! Andra

    1. That's a great idea! I've done that with many of Hubby's old t-shirts, but haven't ventured into the boxes of The Kid's outgrown stuff with scissors yet. I may just have to... :)