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The Aha Moment That Helped Me Kick My Paper Towel Habit to the Curb - Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

The Aha Moment That Helped Me Kick My Paper Towel Habit to the Curb - Cleaning Tips from Kitchn
From The Kitchn - November 27, 2017

My name is Susan and I am a former paper towel abuser. I recycle and compost and use LED lightbulbs. I buy non-toxic cleaning products, sustainable clothing, aluminum-free deodorant, clean mascara, and organic tampons. The only thing bursting my eco-bubble was my Bounty habit. Yeah, I said itBOUNTY. No thin, gray, non-absorbent recycled paper towels for me. I liked my PT's plush and bleached. The Quicker-Picker Upper or death.

I was a walking hypocrisy, filling landfills all over New York with my evil, unenlightened ways. But now, I am proud to say, I am reformedand I have my friend Lauren and a pack of microfiber cloths to thank.

Here's how I rehabbed: While staying at Lauren's house for a week last summer, I watched her reach under her sink and grab a clean, colorful microfiber cloth to wipe the table and counters night after night. She let the cloth air dry, then maybe used it once or twice more after breakfast before tossing it in the wash. We practically never hit the paper towel holder the whole trip. The roll that was on the counter when we got there was the same one that was there when we left! I am not exaggerating! Lauren motivated me to literally clean up my act as soon as I got back home.

I am really shocked that it was not that hard for me to make the switch. I thought I would be thoroughly grossed out by reusing cloths on everyday family messes (and annoyed by more laundry), but that did not happen. The bulk of my former paper towel usage was always spent on the final spritzing and wiping of counters, tables, and the fridgesurfaces that I clean beforehand with a sponge, so they were never that dirty anyway.

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