As much as we may try to cut down on our paper towel usage, skipping them in favor of a washable cleaning cloths whenever possible (these microfiber cloths are our new go-tos), but sometimes, a paper towel is just the best thing for the job. When there's a juice spill on the kitchen counter or a wine spill on the living room rug, most of us turn to a paper towel without even thinking. As someone who admittedly uses paper towels more often than I should, I shudder to think how many trees perish as a result of my bad habit every year—not to mention, how much money I funnel into buying roll after roll of the stuff. Well, there's a brilliant product that could change all that: introducing, the Reusable Paper Towel Roll.
Here's how they work: whenever spills happen, tear off one of these durable paper towels and set it to work—the absorbent sheet can hold up to 16 times its weight in water. When you're done cleaning, rinse off the sheet and let it dry so it's ready for the next mess. If you don't want to wash it by hand, you can simply throw it in the dishwasher, making it perfect for those moments when a guest accidentally spills wine during a party and you want to clean the mess up quickly, all while reassuring them it's not a big deal and trying to check on the cookies in the oven. Just throw the used paper towels on the top rack of your dishwasher, and the dirty work is done for you.
Want to make sure the sheets are actually sanitized? Pop them in the microwave or boil them in water for about one minute. Voila—the germ-free sheets are ready to clean and disinfect your kitchen counters.
Buying the set of three rolls may sound like an investment at first, but when you do the math, these reusable paper towels could end up saving you money in the long run. Each set of three rolls costs $32, and each roll comes with 12 sheets, bringing the cost per sheet to about 88 cents. Considering that each sheet is designed to last for one week, that means you'll be spending less than one dollar on paper towels per week. And since data shows that an American family of four uses on average one and half rolls of paper towels every single week, your new green cleaning habit will end up saving you money. Invest in these washable paper towels and your wallet (and the environment) will thank you.
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