5 Sustainable and Budget-Friendly Alternatives to Paper Towels


Why You Should Reduce Your Dependence on Paper Towels

While paper towels are often thought of as a household staple, you can actually swap out your old standby for more Earth-friendly items. Paper towels cannot be recycled; therefore more and more waste is created with every spill you clean up.

Consider these five Earth-friendly options to minimize waste and maintain an environmentally-friendly household.


Five Substitutes You Need Instead of Paper Towels

1) Newspaper

After enjoying a morning of reading the newspaper, keep a stash of these handy readings that can also double as a household cleaning tool. Newspapers are ideal for cleaning glass surfaces, and the best part about using this handy tool instead of paper towels (beyond helping save the environment) is that they help produce a streak-free shine.

2) Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

When ditching the paper towels, opt for an environmentally-friendly option you can use again and again. Microfiber cleaning cloths are soft to the touch and gently clean porcelain surfaces such as sinks and toilets. Besides, you can reuse these cloths after loading them in the washing machine for a cycle.

3) Cloth Diapers

If your children are now potty trained, keep those cloth diapers on hand to use around the house. Cloth diapers feature a thick, liquid-absorbing construction that is ideal for big messes. You can even use them for mopping by hand or dusting.

4) Old T-Shirts

When you’ve finally convinced your spouse to give up that old, ratty T-shirt, store it in your cleaning closet to use instead of paper towels. T-shirts, especially worn T-shirts, often feature a soft structure that is gentle enough to wipe down your counters with or use to dust furniture.

5) The Un-Paper Towel

This unique and innovative invention may look like a roll of paper towels, but it’s actually a set of cloths snapped together. Store it on a typical paper towel holder, use to wipe up spills or clean your home, and then toss the sheets into the washer to re-use. All you have to do is snap the cloths back together and you have your very own Earth-friendly paper towel roll ready for use.


It’s inevitable that spills will occur in your home or even at the office. While it may seem more convenient to have a disposable roll of paper towels, it’s even easier to opt for these five Earth-friendly solutions. Clean up the kitchen table, wipe down bathroom sinks and even clean mirrors, and glass surfaces without the need for paper towels.


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Looking for more sustainable household swaps? Check out Sustainable Living 101: 3 Easy Steps to Help You Live More Sustainably.