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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Greening up (or tie-dying) the kitchen
We go through a lot of paper towels. Or we used to. We used them for spills, as napkins, wiping little faces, and probably a bunch of other stuff. I've wanted to get away from being so wasteful with paper products (but not so far as to give up toilet paper!), but it seemed like cloth napkins were so fancy. We tired using Jaimie's flour sack towels but it always seemed like we'd use them once or twice and go back to the paper towels. We needed something specifically for napkins. But, if I had fancy kitchen stuff, then I'd have to worry about keeping it clean, and that would mean more time doing laundry. In another blog (sorry, can't remember which), I read that a mom sends her daughter to school with tie-dye napkins because the stains don't really show and it's fun for the school-aged child. Well, I just so happened to have tie-dyed handkerchiefs in a bag of tie-dyed shirts I made with my older sister several years before. So, we've been using our new "napkins" and it has been a successful transition away from paper towels. We keep them in a bread box on the counter, where we also keep the coloring books and crayons, so our toddler (who claims all contents of the box belong to her) decides who gets what color (she generally wants something with pink in it and Daddy gets something with blue). It doesn't even seem like using cloth makes a difference in the amount of laundry.