I’m not gonna lie; this one is tough for us. The hubby and I both agree we should use less paper towels: super expensive, and super bad on the environment. When we do buy them, it’s in bulk and on sale, this almost makes it worse, because we know we’ve got about 50 more rolls in the basement, so use as many as you’d like! And even buying the brands made from a percentage of recycled materials, and tossing them in the compost after they’ve been used; it still isn’t good enough.
For the price of a package of paper towels, you can buy a package of towels or cloths that can be reused. The energy and water used to wash those cloths over and over, is nothing compared to the energy used to make paper towels (I won’t even get into the environmental impact of cutting down the trees, bleaching the pulp, etc.). Is there extra cost involved in that one load of laundry a week? Technically yes, but these towels are tiny, so just throw them in with another load you were all ready going to do! I keep a bucket in my laundry tub, so whenever I have a dirty towel or cloth, I just toss them in the bucket. Washing them is another story, sometimes damp and dirty cloths smell after sitting in a bucket for a week. A little vinegar in with the load seems to work well for us. Or I just toss them in with the cloth diapers, that way they are getting a cold wash and then a hot wash in my Rockin Green Soap. Fresh as a daisy! And ready for another week of messes.