Anyway, our (I was guilty of it too) constant use of paper towels was completely killing me, so I thought I would make some un-paper towels. I looked through Pinterest (of course) and glanced at Etsy. People had some really great ideas, but they were all fairly expensive to buy or make. I saw a set of 12 snap towels in a cute print selling for $50! I decided to figure out how to make my own in a cheaper way. I knew I wanted these qualities:
- bleach-able!!! (not very green, but I keep it to a minimum)
All of the available towels I saw were really cute, but did I really want some cutesy design when I would possibly be cleaning up chicken residue or cat puke with these? Um, no.
Then there was the question of how they would stay on a roll. Everyone seemed to be using some version of snaps or elastic to keep everything rolled tight. I racked my brain for a better idea. Snaps are kind of expensive and I didn't want to spend all that time sewing them on....So then I thought, why am I limiting myself to a roll??
And with that I quickly got these:
|The basket takes up just a little more room than our paper towel dispenser did and holds about ten towels at a time. I got it for $1 at Dollar Tree.|
I went for simple aaaannnndddd frugal. These towels are actually car washing towels so, they are super absorbent. Plus, plain white = bleachable/no cute print to fade! I got a pack of 60 from Costco for $20.
I washed them all, then selected 20 of them to be our un-paper towels. I differentiated the two (basically, which go to the kitchen and which don't) by doing a quick zig-zag stitch, in blue thread, down one edge of the towels. Like this:
The other forty towels sit above our washing machine for miscellaneous uses.
For the the dirty towels, I found another simple solution. I used a bin from Dollar Tree and hung it inside the cabinet door under my sink with 3M hooks. Super simple and now we have a way to collect them and carry them upstairs to go into the wash.
Price break down for the un-paper towels:
- Towels - ($6.75ish) I'm using a third of the 60 pack I bought for $20.00 from Costco.
- Basket - ($1.00) From Dollar Tree.
- Bucket for dirty towels - ($1.00) Dollar Tree, again. (I seriously LOVE that place so much)
- 3M hooks - had on hand
The lesson here is to get creative with your solutions, especially if you are tight on cash. Nobody ever said you had to buy a fancy, pre-made product to go green! :)
I'll be working on some more frugal crafting this weekend, so stay tuned.
How do you go green? Any nifty ideas??
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