In my quest to save money, I have stopped buying paper products (except toilet paper. Tim won’t let me take that plunge…). In addition to saving us money, I think my kitchen is actually cleaner. And I no longer need to worry about running out of something, trying to find a coupon, or waiting for a sale either.
- Clorox wipes
I have always felt these were expensive so I always bought them with a coupon. I also wasn’t thrilled with the chemical smell. This was the first item I stopped buying. Now I just use a wet wash cloth. If something is really dirty, I put some dish soap on the washcloth.
Growing up, we always had two sponges in the kitchen. One was for dishes and the other was for cleaning. Tim always thought I was weird for washing dishes with a sponge. Now, I use two washcloths in the kitchen. One is for dishes and the other is for cleaning counters, etc.
I use washcloths for small spills and hand towels for larger messes.
Napkins and tissues
I was buying store brand napkins every few months and puffs tissues because I always had a coupon. A few months ago, we decided to use some of our Discover card points and buy some cloth napkins on Amazon. We bought a pack of 12 white cotton napkins for less than $10 and didn’t pay anything out of pocket. I think if I were to do it over, I might pay the $3 out of pocket and get the colored ones instead.
We aren’t super messy eaters so we usually are able to use the same napkins for breakfast and dinner. I can use last night’s dinner napkin in the morning when I blow my nose from using my neti pot. Tim uses the same napkin in his lunch box for work for a few days.
- Baby wipes
Okay, let’s be honest. I have only ever bought wipes once when I was planning to use disposable diapers on vacation. But the point of this post is to tell you what I use instead anyway.
When I am changing Clarissa’s cloth diapers, I just spray some water on a washcloth. To clean her up after a meal, I wet a washcloth in the sink and use that to clean her hands and face.
So basically, I use a lot of wash cloths and cloth napkins each week. If the wash cloth is for Clarissa, I will wash it with the cloth diaper laundry. The other washcloths and napkins simply get washed with my towels (I do two loads per week).