Friday, September 17, 2010
Paper versus cloth
Last week I went with my friend Angela to an estate sale. It was the perfect day to go, as far as I was concerned, because most of the items for sale were half-priced. As we walked around, Angela pointed out one of my favorite items to buy at estate and yard sales -- nice white linen napkins.
This is why -- I used to use paper towels for everything. I often used them for napkins. I used them to dry dishes and wash off counters. Sometimes I even used them to wash dishes. I took some with me wherever I went and even kept a roll in my car. I finally came to realize that I was wasting money and wasn't doing anything at all to help the environment.
I then pulled out my old cloth napkins and decided to break my habit of reaching for paper towels. I made room in my kitchen cabinet for a napkin drawer. I really didn't have enough to use all the time so I went to the dollar store and bought some really plain ones that were two for a dollar, I found some nicer ones ones on sale while shopping. We then started using them every day for every meal. It really was nice. I felt I was like indulging myself white saving money.
After that I found began to look for napkins at yard sales and estate sales. Surprisingly, the napkins I find have never been used. Sometimes I even find napkins with matching tablecloths still in the original packages. I now have stacks of napkins and I wouldn't go back to paper towels for anything. (I do use paper towels, just not often.)
They aren't really hard to wash and keep clean. I usually put the dirty ones in a pail in my washroom and I spray spots with a stain removal product. Sometimes I have a stain that won't come out and I no longer use those napkins for company. The hardest thing to get out of a napkin? Definitely barbecue sauce.