This month I decided to tackle one of the hardest items on my life list: have a paperless kitchen. The idea seems more impossible now than it did two years ago. Not going to lie, I love paper towels. Really, really love them hard. But this month, with me cooking so much, I’m washing my hands like a surgeon on call during a full moon. I wash my hands before I start cooking, I wash my hands if I touch raw meat or handle eggs, I wash my hands after cutting something starchy or making something sticky like pizza dough or pumpkin bread. I wash my hands constantly and I use paper towels both to dry my hands and clean up messes on counters and stove tops.
I give guerrilla environmentalists two more weeks before they crash through my door, cuff me with hemp rope, and parade me through town with a green Tencel P sewn onto the front of my Old Navy t-shirt.
My research over the years on how a paperless kitchen should run gave me some ideas going into this month. I would need to greatly increase my supply of towels. I would need a basket to hold the towels. Some people have suggested a basket for dirty towels as well, but my laundry room is close enough that I can avoid the additional clutter. The voters are split down the middle on the issue of bleaching towels.
But in the end, I couldn’t pull the trigger without getting some advice first. I don’t want to create a system that won’t work. You all seem to know your way around buttermilk, so this should be no different!
- How many towels do I buy or make?
- Bleach or no bleach?
- Are the towels single use like regular paper towels? It seems like reusing the towel would just spread germs around.
- How do you store your towels? I have a small drawer to the right of my sink, but I don’t know how much it can hold.
- Do you ever use paper towels again, maybe for certain jobs?
- Any other tips or advice? Favorite vendors or products?
Finally, have you seen these un-paper towels? Probably, if you already run a paperless kitchen. How clever to add snaps to the towels so you can dispense them from a paper towel holder! This addresses my concern that a basket would take up space. I don’t like a cluttered counter despite the many, many, many posts in my William Morris Project that would suggest the exact opposite. Hah!
The above picture of un-paper towels is from the etsy shop Two Chicks and a Fish.