This week, let’s learn some of the many uses for paper towels, other than to dry our hands or clean up spills. There are some great alternatives. I hope you learn something new, and if you want to add something else, please comment and share with other readers.
- Clean a porcelain sink. Line a white sink with paper towels and soak in bleach for a few minutes.
- Keep veggies crisper. Line your veggie drawer with paper towels.
- Draft stopper. Fold papers towels to 1 inch and tape them over the part of the window sill or sashing that is leaking in air.
- Clean the silk from corn on the cob. Dampen a paper towel and slide it over the ear of corn and it will come right off.
- Compost. Add paper towels to the compost pile.
- Avoid soggy bread. When freezing a loaf of bread, put a paper towel on top of the load before freezing. When it thaws the paper towel will absorb the excess moisture.
- Check is seeds are viable. If you have older seeds, simply wrap them in wet paper towels. Keep the towels damp and check in a week or so to see if the seeds are sprouting. If so, add them to your garden.
- Homemade baby wipes. Using a strong paper towel, layer them in a plastic container. Add 1 cup of water and 1/8 cup each of baby lotion and baby wash.
- Remove crayon marks and other wax. Simply place a paper towel over the wax and run your iron over it on low. Works best of hard surfaces but will also work on carpeting.
With all that said, to be frugal, for meal time, it’s much better to use cloth napkins instead of paper towels. I do this and love it. Just simply throw the cloth napkins in with the laundry and use them over and over.