Years ago, when I was struggling to make ends meet, paper towels were a luxury. I used to joke with a friend of mine, telling her when money was tight, “Paper towels are the first thing to go.” Now, I can afford to buy paper towels, but I’d still rather be spending money on something else. Why spend so much money on a disposable item? Still, I found myself reaching for a paper towel any time I wanted to dry my hands in the kitchen. I know, some people use dishtowels for that, but I only dry my dishes with dish towels, and I never seem to have enough of those.
Then, a couple of months ago I was in Walmart and spotted some inexpensive white wash cloths on sale. There was my solution. I could use these simple cloths to dry my hands. I bought two dozen. I know, I probably didn’t need quite that many cloths, but I had this adorable basket at home that I wanted to fill. 🙂
I hurried home, washed and dried the cloths, and then experimented with ways of folding them and storing them in the basket. Finally, I came up with the solution depicted in the photo above.
First, find a cute basket (I’m not sure why, but I just LOVE baskets!).
After the cloth is rolled up, place it into the basket, seam side down. Stack as many as you need to fill your basket (see – that is why I bought two dozen – ha!).
Then just simply place the basket in a convenient spot in your kitchen. These cloths are inexpensive, convenient, and I’m adding less trash to the landfills – always a good thing. I still use paper towels for certain things such as draining grease, but I have probably cut down on my use by at least 90 percent with this simple idea. Let me know if you try it!