Our family gave up paper towels for everyday use years ago. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had guests look around my kitchen confused because they can’t find the paper towels to dry their hands after washing. It’s really not all that odd to me because growing up we always used dish towels for our hands, even as napkins at the dinner table.
I used to use paper towels for cleaning, but quit that habit when I discovered microfiber cloths (like these, which work awesome). Still, I keep paper towels on hand because there are three instances when I will absolutely break my paper towel ban.
1. Vomit – I cannot even think about vomit without feeling urge to do so myself. The thought of having to clean vomit out of a towel after cleaning up a vomit mess is enough to make me throw in the towel… and reach for the paper towels.
2. Pet Messes – As a cloth diapering momma, I have developed a strong tolerance for cleaning up pee and poop. But only when it comes from my human babies. Cleaning up pet messes is almost as bad as vomit.
3. Raw Poultry – Raw poultry just sorta freaks me out with the whole salmonella risk and all. If any touches the countertop, I skip over the kitchen towels and use a paper towel.
You see, I’ve heard other mommas say that they could never go paper towel free because they get grossed out by certain types of messes. But we all have deal-breakers when it comes to natural-living choices. These are some of mine. And you know what? I’m ok with that. I don’t feel guilty and I don’t let it stop me from doing what I can based on what works for my family. Being “green” doesn’t have to be all or nothing. That is probably one of the lessons I find myself learning most on this natural-living journey.
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Have you gone paper-free in the kitchen? What are your deal-breakers when it comes to ditching paper towels – or other natural living choices?