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  • Save on Paper Towels

    Here is a little tip I use in the kitchen to save a lot of paper towels. We used to buy them in the 8 pack rolls and go through the entire thing in about two weeks. Crazy. And paper towels are kind of expensive if you are constantly buying them.

    About a year ago I was folding those little kitchen towels and had an idea. I brought over this little canvas bin/basket (?) filled it up and put it next to the kitchen sink. No more using paper towels for drying hands, wiping counters, cleaning up spills etc. We just grab a towel and when we are done using it, we throw it in the "dirty" bag under the sink. I throw them in the washer and they are ready to use again.

    I have nice ones set aside to hang up but the ones in the bin are for everyday use. Of course there are times when it works better to use paper towels but by doing this simple thing, we go about two months without having to restock our supply.

    Also, since we can't recycle paper towels let's reduce the use! There are green paper towels out there, hmmm maybe something to consider in the future.

  • #2
    i just tear off a small piece that i need, don't always need the entire towel

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    • #3
      old clothes can be used as rags.

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      • #4
        Saving on Paper Towels

        We now buy the paper towels that are Custom Size paper towels, you can now tear off just a 1/2 size regular paper towel or more if needed. You could just tear a paper towel in half but in our household that would not happen, if it don't tear easily they use a whole one. lol. So having these custom towels are perfect. We have found we waste a lot less. These are one of the few things we purchase at our local warehouse store saving even more.

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        • #5
          Replace paper towels with microfiber

          We spend far too much on paper towels, so consider replacing them with microfiber towels. They are much more economical and better for the planet.

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          • #6
            Buying paper towels is surprisingly complicated. There are different numbers of rolls in a package and different amounts of square feet on every roll, so the cheapest price may not be the best deal. The best way to determine what to buy is to compare apples to apples based on the price per square foot.

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            • #7
              clever...

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              • #8
                Thanks for the tip

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                • #9
                  I agreed what's said above!!!

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                  • #10
                    Here is five tips for saving money on paper towels:

                    1. Whenever Possible, Use Cloth. Although nothing beats a paper towel for certain circumstances, for most others, dish rags work great. To determine this yourself, try going without paper towels for a week or two and see when you really miss them. Then make a rule to use paper towels only in those situations, and use dish rags the rest of the time.
                    2. Price Compare. Buying paper towels is surprisingly complicated. There are different numbers of rolls in a package and different amounts of square feet on every roll, so the cheapest price may not be the best deal. The best way to determine what to buy is to compare apples to apples based on the price per square foot. To do this, divide the price by the number of square feet listed on the package. So if a 100 square foot package of paper towels is $5, you would divide $5 by 100 and end up with $.05 per square foot.
                    3. Re-Use Paper Towels. Weirdly enough, most paper towels get used at least twice in my house. I find that most paper towels are capable of several uses before they are spent, so after dinner, I snag the paper towels from the table and toss them in a container to re-use. I will re-use a paper towel before I get out a clean dish rag. I figure this saves a little bit of money because dish rags cost money to wash and the paper towel is going into the garbage either way.

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                    • #11
                      This is nice about this post. This is really nice idea. I like it.

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                      • #12
                        I never use the entire towel, usually just a small piece.

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