Friday, June 18, 2010

I'm Going Green! And Frugal! Two Points For Me!

Okay, maybe I should calm down. Really, all I'm talking about (today at least) is the fact that I have successfully switched my household over to cloth napkins.

I decided to make the switch after reading about others' success in the blog world. Before, I always thought it would be such a pain to have to wash them. Plus using cloth napkins seemed too fancy for everyday.

However, after reading all those blogs, I finally got sick of throwing away paper napkins. Mr. 31 insisted that he needed two napkins for every meal, plus there was everyone else's. That's a lot of paper napkins going in the trash. That's a lot of waste that we're producing and that's a lot of money being tossed into the garbage.

So, I decided to dive into the stack of cloth napkins I keep for "special occasions" and give this whole green/frugal thing a spin. And, I've gotta say, I love it. I have a large supply of white cloth napkins, which seems weird because you'd think they'd get stained quicker, but they're great because I can bleach them.

My next mission is to switch my husband from kleenex to handkerchiefs. He's open to that - I just have to find good quality, soft, white ones (his request). I would also like to break my house of our terrible paper towel habit, so I'll be working on that in the near future.

The one thing I probably won't switch to in the paperless world: reusable rags instead of toilet paper. I just don't think I can go there. Sorry hardcore environmentalists and frugalists. Just can't do it.


  1. We use white wash cloths instead of paper towels. I bought a few of the biggest packs I could find at wal mart. We do keep a roll of paper towel around for certain messes, but it takes us months to go through one.

  2. Sam's and Costco also have large packs of terry washclothes and towels. I use them for everything. I do use paper towels for windows and mirrors mainly because I don't get a newspaper any more. I've been using cloth napkins for years and they wash up great. I'll admit I do keep a stash of fast food napkins on hand just for bbq chicken or ribs.

  3. @ Stacy - thanks for the tip! I think I'm going to try and make the switch soon, so I'll check Walmart next time I'm there.

  4. YAY for going GREEN!!! Thanks for stopping by today. I am your newest follower. have a great weekend.