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Old 03-14-2011, 05:10 PM
Location: SE Michigan
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Originally Posted by formercalifornian View Post
I haven't used paper towels or napkins in years. I have about twenty dishrags that I wash with the regular laundry.

I prepare a roast chicken once a week or so, and I can't remember the last time someone in this house was sick. So either we have profoundly vigorous immune systems, or my cleaning methods are sufficient. I wash the counters vigorously with soapy water using a clean dishrag before preparing meals and after doing the dishes. I handwash my cutting board the same way, because it's too large to fit in the dishwasher.

I do buy paper towels very occasionally, but mostly use dish rags. I rinse them in dilute bleach or vinegar (depending what they were used for.)
Also I use newspaper to clean windows and other glass surfaces; does a better and streak-free job.
I also wipe my hands on my pants a lot.

Three colds since 1979, nobody around here gets sick. We've made peace with our germs LOL.
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:09 PM
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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I use both, I am also one who uses a shamwow when cleaning around the kitchen while cooking.
I buy box of them from sams so far I havent went through all of them in two years.
I keep it very clean and pop it in the microwave to sanatize for 30 seconds..
Sometims feel a little guilth when using paper towels, but they have uses.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:47 PM
Location: 53179
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Originally Posted by 20yrsinBranson View Post
I was raised using paper towels. My dh, on the other hand was not. He uses a very nasty "dishrag" to wipe up stove and counter top messes and such.

He gets this from his mother who would sooner have her toe cut off than use a paper towel because it is "wasteful".

So, my question my frugal friends. Do you think that paper towels are "wasteful" and expensive or do you use them.



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Old 03-21-2011, 11:35 PM
Location: Happy in Utah
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I take my husbands T shirts after they have holes in them and turn them into dish rags. For some reason I really dislike buying paper towles
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:41 PM
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We use rag/sponge for most, but paper towels definitely have their place.

Have recently taken to using the paper towels where each sheet is half length. Can still pull two if you want for bigger but you'd be surprised at how often something you are grabbing paper towels for you don't need much full size, plus can use the half sized in place of napkins at dinner, just fold diagonally.
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