As a rule, I try to stay away from anything disposable. Yes, I know, I have three kids in disposable diapers, but I just haven't been able to bring myself to go the cloth diaper route this time. I've done it before, but I only had two in diapers then. Sorry next generation. :( Anywho, as a way to save on paper towels, we have some house rules on how to clean up stuff.
1. If you have to clean up a spill in the kitchen, use the dishrag we usually have draped over the sink
2. If you have to dry your hands after washing, use the hand towels we have draped over the oven handle.
3. The only time papers towels are to be used is when cleaning the babies' faces or hands.
In order to encourage the kids to follow these, rules, I store the paper towels in the top shelf of one of our cabinets above the sink to make them extra-inconvenient to reach, therefore, hopefully causing the kids to think twice before using them.
Another product we try to avoid using is napkins. Instead of buying paper napkins, we use cloth napkins for every meal. I found eight sets of eight white napkins for $1.99 each at the Thrift store. I have also found several different sets with colorful patterns for the same price that we use when company comes. Not only does it make us feel elegant, but we are helping the environment while teaching our kids good manners! I looked in my basement were we are currently storing all of our belongings so I could take some really cute pictures of my napkins sets to show you, but I couldn't find them. So.....here is a really cute Google image similar to one particular set I have. What about you? Do you like to use cloth napkins? I would really like to know...
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