Sunday, November 14, 2010
No more tissues
We switched to cloth products instead of paper about two years ago. Above you can see our stash of cloth napkins. I have a set of matching ones for special meals but these are our stained, mismatched, every day napkins. I do one load of laundry each day about six days a week, so whatever napkins we used the day before just go into the next wash load.
Above is our drawer of kitchen dishtowels and rags (for use around the kitchen) and we have a container in the cabinet full of old baby wash clothes that we use for wiping the hands and faces of little ones.
But recently I was going through the archives of one of my "newly favorite" blogs and found this post about using cloth. I have considered and thrown out the idea (at least for now) of using cloth for toilet paper and feminine hygiene products (I'm just not there yet - and maybe never). But one paper product I am now considering replacing are tissues. Tissues get so nasty with blowing noses and such I guess I just stayed away from using cloth. But I am considering switching. After all, how many decades did people use handkerchiefs? As long as they are washed in hot water the germs should not be a problem. So I think one of my new goals (once I find a job) will be to start checking yard sales and thrift stores for pretty, vintage handkerchiefs to replace all the disposable tissues in the home. One step at a time... and I think I'm ready for this step.