I stopped using paper towels in the kitchen about 15 years ago, and now just keep a basket of white cotton detailing cloths (from an automotive store) in a basket under the sink. They work for just about everything (except draining bacon - I still use paper towels for that), and last for years... and years.... and years.
Cleaning is done almost exclusively with a damp microfiber cloth (or my damp tea towel after I've wiped down the dishes). I still use a chemical soap scum remover in the shower, but everything else is gone.
Wash and reuse those heavy zipper-type bags. I'll bet I use each bag at least 10 times before the zipper fails or it develops a hole.
The clothes dryer is hardly ever used now, as I bought myself an umbrella-type clothes line that I set up on the driveway on nice days, then take inside when I'm done (my neighborhood doesn't allow clotheslines).
Now, is this too creepy? I've ditched the TP for "wet" bathroom activities - just keep a basket of terry cloths on the back of the toilet. I'm the only gal in our house, so it works perfectly for me.
And on the subject of creepy - get yourself a Diva or some such menstrual cup, and stop worrying about having enough supplies with you when you travel, needing to change so frequently on heavy days, etc. I do recommend a panty liner with the cup, but it's easy to use and saves a ton of waste.
09/19/2012 - 4:01pm
Who uses reusable bags for meat... meat is more destructive to the environment than anything. Seems kinda silly.
09/20/2012 - 1:43pm
I have a good solution to all these problems... Stop worrying so much about germs. If you have a healthy immune system these things will probably not cause you any problems.
Germs have been around longer than humans and will probably continue living long after we are going. Stop obsessing over things like this and live your life!