In my recent quest to be more resourceful, waste less in money and resources, and find reusable products, I stumbled upon Unpaper Towels. Now, it is kind of a “duh moment” when we think of options to replace paper towels, just use a regular kitchen towel, right? But, I want to make sure that my replacements:
- Function similarly to the item replaced.
- Look similar if possible with the same shape, size, texture, and thickness.
- Take up less space, if possible.
- Cost as little as possible to make my funds go farther, preferably less than what paper towels cost.
Out of the thoughts above, COST is always my first priority, Because I’m Thrifty Like That, of course.
I ran across several Pinterest posts about Unpaper Towels and ran across a lot of really THICK and MASSIVE replacements. Some people are even adding snaps so they can go back onto the same holder by snapping together in a sort of bulky Hefty towel roll. Snaps adds a level of cost that I can’t live with. That just seemed like overkill.
So, I went with a much simpler idea.
What I love about them!
- They look like paper towels when laid out in squares. I actually made 2 sizes for the “select a size” purpose.
- They feel like a paper towel, not too thick or bulky.
- Cleaning with them is as easy as a paper towel.
- If they get stained or dingy I soak them in a little bleach water.
We’ve been using them for a couple month now and everybody is loving them!
My husband’s first comments when I showed them to him were:
Q. Isn’t washing them going to cost more?
A. They are so small and thin I will just throw them in with my regular loads of towels.
Q. They might look weird not rolled up like paper towels and where/how are we going to store them?
A. I decided standing them up folded in a little decorative box where the old towel roll was will work, close to the sink and easy to grab.
What is the savings?
Here is the basic break down:
I bought 1 package of Room Essentials Flour Sack Kitchen Towels 4-Pack for $3.99, more like $4.31 with tax.
I made 4 small and 14 large sized towels. The large size towels were about 30¢ and the small ones are 15¢.
I figure as a family we went through 1 roll of paper towels a month, spending about $12 a year because I buy the cheaper $1 rolls.
$12 for a year’s worth of paper towels – $3.99 spent on fabric = $8.01 in savings the first year
and $12 savings every year after that!
The best part is that we are not only saving money in our home, but wasting less trees for simple spills and cleanup in our home. I spent an afternoon making these and found it was easier than I thought it would be.
Stay Tuned next time for a Tutorial on how I made these. It is super easy and inexpensive.