I don’t have a super long post for you today, because Krystopf and Atlas finally (after being fogged out and stuck in Halifax for a day) made it to Newfoundland this weekend and we only just got rid of them — I mean, bid them a fond farewell.
But I would like to know how you folks feel about paper towels. Have you managed to eradicate them completely from your lives? Do you know the trick to drying your hands in public using only one piece of paper towel?
We haven’t yet successfully eliminated paper towels from our household, but we’re working on it. I bought a pack of 8 rolls of these recycled unbleached eco-friendly suckers from Costco about four years ago, though, and we still have three rolls left. So that’s something. Currently we save our paper towel usage for draining bacon (though we could do that on a rack) and cleaning up dog vomit at 4:00 AM (though we could use cloths for that).
If you do a bit of poking around on the internet you’ll see a lot of people who come up with nifty solutions to the paper towel problem. Most of them involve using nice absorbent flannel sheets. In some cases, they’ve cut and hemmed the sheets to be the same size as a standard sheet of paper towel. And if you want to get really fancy, you can attach snaps or velcro to the corners and have them all attach to each other so it fits on the paper towel roll.
But that seems complicated. What I have are just plain flannel sheets, which my mother lovingly serged for me and gave to me when the Pie and I moved in together. That’s all you need. Makes a great housewarming gift, and you can use them for anything, including a makeshift receiving blanket for babies (depending on the size, of course).
I’m not really sure who came up with this particular pattern, but it doesn’t really matter when you’re wiping up spills. You can even pick up old flannel sheets at thrift stores and cut them up for this purpose. The best part of that is they’ve been washed so many times they’re already super-absorbent. The older it is the better!