Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Say "Goodbye!" to Paper Towels...

...and "HELLO!" To washcloths!!

I love when going natural and saving money go hand and hand. It's happening so much more than I had expected! YAY!!!

I am a neat-freak, and I HATE clutter on the counter. But this simple basket from Target doesn't annoy me because its pretty, and it takes the place of the paper towels that were already there. I keep it next to the kitchen sink and just grab one when I would have normally grabbed a paper towel. I love it!

When I first decided to use washcloths in place of paper towels, I thought I'd keep the paper towels on the counter just in case. When we were going through a roll in 2-3 days (I have a toddler, remember!), now it's been 2 weeks since I put the washcloths out and we are still on the same roll we were on when we started. It's so exciting, especially since the cost of the washcloths from Costco (pack of 24!!!) was the same price as a 12 pack of paper towel rolls.

I can't wait to see how much I've saved over a years time!

I love to hear about how you have made natural and economical discoveries, so please share in the comments!


  1. Aims I think you need to do another website on cheap wedding tips- how to plan a beautiful wedding, invite everyone you want and still stay on your budget...

  2. Faither, do you need a wedding planned in the near future?... ;)

  3. The blog looks great, Amy! I do use a wash cloth for clean up but I never thought about putting them a pretty basket like that. Do you use cloth napkins rather than paper ones? If so, how often do you wash them? Do you have a way to identify a person's napkin if you use them more thank once? Thx! :-)

  4. Faith: I hadn't thought of that! :) Maybe I'll do a post or two about inexpensive weddings, especially since it's that season. Teresa is doing a great job on keeping expenses down on hers, too, so we might have to combine our notes!!

    Bobbi: Thank you! I'm embarrassed to admit that we usually don't use either (paper or cloth napkins). We just wipe Toby with the washcloths after dinner (or during if he is especially messy). I do have some cloth for special occasions, though, and I feel inspired by you to start training Toby how to use them on a daily basis! :)

  5. What do you do with the used wash cloths after using as a "paper towel"? Do you throw them in the hamper right away? What about the very damp wash cloths if you don't want to do laundry daily but don't want to dump those in the hamper and get all moldy while waiting to do another full load of laundry? Would you hang those up and let dry then place in the hamper when ready to wash? That's what I do but I hate the eye sore of the hanging wash cloths. Ugh, what to do, what to do?!! :)

  6. May: I collect the washcloths on the end of the counter and every night take them to my laundry room. My mom has a great idea that I'd like to start implementing - she takes a small plastic waste basket and puts her wet rags in there until she does towels.

    All my bath towels are white, as well, so we end up doing towels about every other day or every third day, so I don't have too much time for mold buildup.