It’s just too easy: a towel to dry your hands, a towel to chop an onion, a towel to jot down a phone message. Before you know it, you’ve gone through a roll (or more) in a week -- a wasteful habit, not to mention an expensive one. Read on to figure out where your paper towels are going ... and what you should be doing instead.
Invest in a few sets of tea towels that are pretty, but not overly precious. You want to feel good about leaving them out in your kitchen, but not afraid of using them to dry your hands. Hanging them from the oven door helps dry them quickly, which prevents bacteria from forming.
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We know -- it’s annoying to wash the cutting board for one little clove of garlic. But it’s worth it. Not only will you be making an environmentally conscious choice, but you’ll also have a more stable cutting surface -- resulting in even cuts and a lower chance of injury.
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So you’ve got the cutting board out ... but you can’t resist stopping to text, or diving back into the pantry for ingredients. We totally get not wanting to grub up the kitchen, but there’s no need to keep going back to the roll! Wearing an apron gives you a place to wipe your sticky fingers.
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In the moment, it makes sense to scrawl a grocery list or telephone message on a paper towel. But be honest: How often do those scraps actually make it to their intended use or recipient? A chalk wall or a note in your phone is a better way to jot down key information without the waste.
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Milk down! Milk down! Of course you don’t want to use your best tea towels to mop up a spill. Keep a rag under the sink so you’ll always have something to throw down in case of an emergency.
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If you don’t have a dishwasher, a drying rack will save you the time (and waste) of drying each individual dish. Even a cloth towel will become damp and unusable quickly -- and plowing through half a roll every night after dinner is just silly.
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The paper-towel-as-plate habit is one to be wary of -- it's tough to mindfully enjoy your food when you're wolfing it down at the counter! Preportioning healthy snacks in reusable containers will help you avoid the ol' "quick, let's nuke the leftovers" routine (we've been there too).
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C'mon, you can do better! These adorable DIY cork coasters take just minutes to make.
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It's tempting to use paper towels for washing windows and counters -- but there's usually an alternative, be it a rag or a sponge. Taking a few minutes to care for your cleaning supplies will save you money in the long run.
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The Paper Chaser
If you can’t quit paper towels cold turkey, do at least try to cut back. Just one square at a time, please -- better yet, go for select-a-size rolls that help you curb your consumption without thinking. Remember that if you’re wiping down a counter, you can likely rinse and squeeze a single towel a few times. It’s better to buy a slightly more expensive roll, where each single towel will go further.