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4. Use real towels instead of paper towels.
This was a hard one for me. For some reason, my brain just kept telling me to reach for the paper towels, and that there was no way a real towel could compete. But guess what? I was wrong!
After I finally began to re-train myself to stop grabbing paper towels, I really started to prefer it. I don’t need a huge wad of paper towels to clean up a mess anymore, because the real ones (no surprise, really) are so much more absorbent. I don’t need to keep grabbing new paper towels when I’m cleaning the kitchen, because I can do the whole job with just one rag. So. Much. Simpler.
Pro Tip: Find different types of cloths for different kitchen needs: absorbent towels for drying dishes and cleaning up spills, small flour sack towels for wiping the counters, and thin rags (that dry quickly) for cleaning off the kiddos after meals!
Lifestyle Benefit: You will save SO much money by following through on this tip! I generally spent about $20 on paper towels each time I bought them. Consider using this money instead to buy these kitchen towels and these dishcloths on Amazon. If you completely cut out the paper towels after that, it saves you $20 each time you would have purchased the paper towels – roughly $20/month x 12 months = $240 annual savings! Just think of all the other fun zero waste products you could invest in with that $240! 😉
Earth Benefit: This article from the Norwex Movement lists 9 astounding statistics on paper usage worldwide, including the fact that “If every household in the U.S. used just one less 70-sheet roll of paper towels, that would save 544,000 trees each year.”