WFMW: Cloth Napkins

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It is Works for Me Wednesday, the Green Edition:


Do you know what works for me?

Cloth napkins. I decided to stop using paper napkins some time last fall. We have plenty of cloth napkins, and I got tired of buying (and throwing away) so much paper. Would you like to peek into my table linen drawer?



I knew you would be impressed! My cloth napkins are not fancy. In fact, the white ones are badly stained now and need to be replaced. (I would not suggest white napkins with boys, or human beings in general.) The red ones are going strong and we may add some more stain-hiding colors soon. I have a variety of cotton and indoor/outdoor place mats, which need to be washed almost as frequently as the napkins.

Did I mention that boys are messy?

Conveniently, cloth napkins are great for containing boy spills and covering boy laps. Plus, I like saving money and creating less trash. It makes me feel green.

I have not gone completely "paperless" in the kitchen, but the switch to cloth napkins has inspired me to use fewer paper towels. I have even started using rags to wash dishes instead of sponges that need to be tossed. (Although sometimes only a scrubby sponge will do, and this subject is not without controversy!) I mostly use cloth towels to wipe down the counters and to dry hands. I do laundry almost daily, so it is no problem to toss these washable napkins, towels and rags in with whatever is going.

This sort of paperless kitchen works for me - does it work for you?
How do you make your kitchen more green?


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5 Responses to “WFMW: Cloth Napkins”

  1. I use mostly cloth napkins too. When things are really gross I will use paper towels in the kitchen, but it is rare. I've been doing that for about a year or two, I just felt really wasteful too. Throwing them in with other laundry is what works for me too!

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  2. or human beings in general-ha! i feel the same about white carpet:)

    we switched over to cloth, too, and it is so much simpler than i thought it would be.

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  3. I wish I had a linen drawer! I'm in desperate need of some extra storage so I can get me some not-white napkins too ;) I've been using dishrags and towels instead of sponges and paper towels for a couple years now, and I don't even miss them. I keep a roll of paper towels for truly heinous things I don't want to ever think about again, but one roll certainly lasts a lot longer now.

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  4. There are at least 3 of us that did the same tip for wfmw today, it's an earth day thing I am sure. I love my red napkins!

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  5. I wish I had a linen drawer! I'm in desperate need of some extra storage so I can get me some not-white napkins too ;) I've been using dishrags and towels instead of sponges and paper towels for a couple years now, and I don't even miss them. I keep a roll of paper towels for truly heinous things I don't want to ever think about again, but one roll certainly lasts a lot longer now.

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