Two years ago I challenged my family to replace the paper napkins and paper products in our home. At first they looked at me as if I had 3 heads! You see, we used paper plates, paper towels and paper napkins ALL the time and I believe it’s because they didn’t want to wash dishes or towels.
So, the challenge began! Gone were the paper products from our kitchen. No more paper plates, no more paper towels and perhaps the most difficult for my family was the removal of paper napkins.
One of the major incentives in making this change was cost. Although initially it cost some money to stock up on cloth napkins and towels, in the end the savings was great! Unfortunately I didn’t calculate it completely but having 5 children at home 24/7 (we home school), you can imagine how much paper products they used daily.
When they were infants we used cloth diapers and my family and friends thought I was crazy. So making the change to cloth in our kitchen was no surprise to them.
A question that always arises is what type cloth napkins we use. Since we replaced all paper products it was essential to purchase cloth that would withstand many washings and also clean up spills effectively.
- Our napkins were replaced with cloth napkins
- Our paper towels were replaced with huck towels and micro-fiber cloths
- Our paper plates were replaced with ceramic dishes
One of the most important points to remember when using towels to clean, is to find cloths that are absorbent and will wash well. Huck towels are great for wiping down counters as well as using them for kitchen towels. Did you know that huck towels are used in hospitals because of their absorbency capacity? It’s true!
We use micro-fiber cloths to clean counters, sinks, tubs, windows and more. The great thing about micro-fiber cloths is that they are easily available and what was once thought of as an item used to clean your vehicles is now used in the home as well.
Making the switch is not as difficult as you may think. Having the cloth napkins and towels on hand is essential. We started with 2 dozen napkins and a dozen huck towels. We have since increased our supply and the cloth napkins that get ugly we tend to use to clean up as well.
It’s been 2 years and my family no longer protests against cloth napkins. They actually love when I surprise them with ‘new napkin colors’. And yes, that’s another advantage to using cloth; the varieties are great! Oh and perhaps one of the biggest incentives to using cloth is the environmentally friendly advantages.
Are you ready to make the change? It’s not as difficult as you may think.