Thursday, November 20, 2008

Can I break my addiction to paper towels?

Seems ridiculous, I know, but I think paper towels are one of the greatest household tools of all time. A spill? Tear a couple off and wipe it up. Peanut butter splooge or syrup stick? Scrub it off with a paper towel. Dry a freshly washed apple. Catch potato peels. Wipe away milk mustaches and dab off scraped knees.

Is anything else as versatile, convenient, comparably inexpensive and just plain useful?

I'm not sure of the answer to that one. What I am sure of, though, is that our family goes through way too many rolls in a month. All those paper towels may biodegrade comparably quickly, but we're wasting a truck load (or several) worth of trees each year.

So it's time... time to break the addiction.

I have a stack of squares I cut from an old sheet, so I'm going to use those instead. I can use them, rinse them and toss them in an tupper (with a lid!) till the next load of laundry is tossed in. These days, that's at least every couple days.

I didn't think I'd be ready for this step for a while, so I may fall off the proverbial wagon. I promise to try really hard, though!

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