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DIY Days: Ditch the paper, Use cloth

Hola all! Jenn here with a new DIY day!

Today’s topic is: Ditch the paper, use cloth!

If you are like me you have become painfully aware of how many rolls of paper towels your house goes through in such a short period of time. It was truly nagging at me.

Saving money has not been easy for me….well I guess that is better stated finding ways to decease spending has been hard for me. One of the things I noticed was how many paper towels we were using, I was going through an alarming amount! Between using them for cleaning, using them at meals, and using them to wipe up messes….it was ridiculous! I talked to my hubby about it and told him I wanted to switch to using cloth for cleaning and meals which lets face it, he’s a guy…he doesn’t really care.

I happened upon a dollar store that was going out of business where I found packs of washcloths which were only 0.75 each. I instantly bought them and started using them for my cleaning. At another dollar store I found the purple cloths in the picture below. They are more absorbent and more abrasive (they those “super” absorbent cloths). I prefer to use them on the toilet, and eventually will switch to using just those on everything as I buy more. They were 2 for $1.00.

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I LOVE it! It takes a little more wiping because they do not absorb like paper towels, but I have found it totally worth it! I use the same one to clean both bathroom mirrors, then one for each vanity, and one for each toilet. I use one rag for dusting which I can use 3-4 times before it needs washing. Once they have been used I just simply wash them with my whites so they get bleached 🙂

I found 4 pack of cloth napkins at the goodwill for less than $1.00 (sorry I don’t remember the exact amount). Then when talking to a woman about my new endeavor, she said she had some cloth napkins she didn’t use so she gave me 6! They do not always get very “used” at meals, so I can reuse them, sometimes…..depends on the meal. Once they are dirty I just simply wash them! Added bonus is they look nice on my table!!

-I still use paper towels for cleaning my granite countertops because I found the rags streaked them.

Let me tell you, within a month of using cloth I could tell how much less we used paper towels! I was so excited! A 6 pack roll of paper towels lasted us over 6 months!! I average less than one roll a month…..that is a huge difference than when I was using them to clean both bathrooms, dust, and for meals!

I have never been a fan of using paper plates for everyday meals, I always thought that was a waste of money. (Yes I know not having to wash dishes is nice, but how cost effective?) So I have never done that, but if you do I would suggest looking at how much you spend, compared to a little extra time washing or loading the dishwasher.

So if you are tired of having to use paper towels and tired of the frustration of realizing you are out….ditch the paper and switch to cloth! Your bank account and the environment will thank you!

**EEEKKKK I have to add I recently found DIY reusable fabric papertowles on Pinterest! They are fabric and you can use snaps or Velcro to fasten them together and you roll them around an empty paper towel tube and stick them on your paper towel dispenser……so excited!! Can hardly wait to try making these!

Don’t forget to do something to make some smile today!!

Until next time,
Jennifer

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One of My Favorite Things: My Foodsaver

Hola! Jennifer here with another of my favorite things:

My Food Saver vacuum sealer!

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Mine is a Food Saver V3425. This is my second vacuum sealer and I LOVE it! We bought this at Wal-Mart a few months back in an effort to save money. It is so simple to use! You can buy pre sized bags, rolls to make whatever size you need, and containers. Then you simply buy whatever in large quantities and separate how you need, seal, and freeze. I buy meat, veggies, and fruit in bulk (which is usually cheaper) and freeze them for later use. I have also used it to freeze homemade cookie dough for later use, and to freeze deer meat. And I am hopeful that our first garden will produce some veggies for me to freeze 🙂

The Food Saver systems come in different sizes and vary in price. So you can find the right one for you needs! If you have been considering a vacuum sealer I highly recommend it!

Hope you enjoyed this!

Don’t forget to do someone to make someone smile today!

Love,
Jennifer