Life can get messy. That’s why everyone keeps a roll or two of paper towels handy, right? Sadly, those paper towels can get pretty pricey, especially for the high-quality kind. And if you go through a lot of them, you’ll spend even more. If you want to cut back on your spending — and on the paper towel waste — here are some cheap alternatives to traditional paper towels.
1. Cloth Diapers
Whether you have babies or toddlers around your home or not, cloth diapers can come in real handy for cleaning up spills or general scrubbing. They’re super absorbent, and they’ll save you money over time.
If you’re using paper towels to clean windows and mirrors, you’re missing out on a truly lint-free experience — not to mention spending to much. Newspapers are fantastic for getting that streak-free shine you’re probably missing.
3. Bar Mops
Bar mops are absorbent and super easy to toss in the wash. Rather than go through a bunch of paper towels every week, keep a box of these under your kitchen sink and use them for just about everything. So the next time you’re entertaining and someone spills some wine on your carpet, reach for one of these.
4. Old T-Shirts & Towels
Cut them up into uniform sizes and put them in a container under the sink. They’ll be just as handy as paper towels, with a lot less waste. Best of all, these won’t cost you an extra penny.
5. Reusable Food Service Towels
These are available in the industrial cleaning areas of some warehouse stores, or online. Made by Ecolab, these are machine washable and made of non-woven cotton. They have the same look and feel of a high-quality paper towel, but are totally reusable.
6. DIY Roll of Cotton Towels
You can make your own roll of towels that are washable and reusable, and keep them in a paper towel holder just like you would the paper kind.
7. DIY “Unpaper” Towels
Another DIY option is these unpaper towels. They’re easy to make out of existing flour sack towels, which you can buy at your local Walmart. You can turn each 28″ x 29″ flour sack towel into 6 unpaper towels.
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