Archive for March, 2010

Rag time

March 3, 2010

Nicole over at Making It Lovely posted that she is trying to cut down on paper towel use and I commented with an idea she found useful. And if that lady, one of my favorite housebloggers, finds it useful, maybe you will too.

After Jacob was born, I know we could have started to order them by the ton – lots of messes! But eventually I grew sick of the waste and the cost, and have started moving to rags. The first step was to amass a collection of rags to use. Easy enough, I just cut any rough, stained or holy bath and kitchen towels in half, and plopped them in a basket on top of the fridge.

What started happening shortly thereafter is that we’d use a rag to wipe something up, and the throw it down the hall in the general direction of the laundry room. Not an improvement! So I hung a fabric tote bag from the handle of a door, and all rags went in there until laundry time, when they went in the wash, bag and all. I have two bags, so that when one is in the wash, the system doesn’t break down.

We still use paper towels, but much much less, maybe buying them once a month instead of once a week.