Are you still using paper napkins at dinnertime? I know, I know – it’s tough to think about adding to the laundry pile when you have a busy, messy family – but I’d like to try to convince you to make the switch to cloth. Here’s the why and the how….
Why use cloth?
- Uses fewer resources – Paper napkins are a big waste of resources – especially those made from virgin paper and bleached with chlorine.
- Produces less waste – Take a minute to imagine a year’s worth of paper napkins in a big pile. Now imagine all the waste from cloth napkins – none!
- More durable – Cloth napkins won’t fall apart after a few wipes.
- Looks nicer – Family dinnertime is often the highlight of the day for us. Delicious, homemade food and colorful, cloth napkins make it even better!
Making cloth work for you
Buy ’em – You don’t have to spend a ton of money on cloth napkins. In fact, you can find great deals at places like Target or online at Amazon. Don’t rule out thrift or consignment shops either – they are a great source for gently used and even new cloth napkins. If you are looking for something unique or a little more special, check out cloth napkins on Etsy. These organic cotton ones caught my eye! Tip: keep a different set of cloth napkins for company since the family napkins may get worn over time.
Make ’em – Got a sewing machine? Handmade cloth napkins are super simple to make! Tip: buy fabric quarters (also known as “fat quarters”) at the fabric store. They are just the right size for napkins and it’s easy to get a bunch of different fabrics. And if you want to get fancy – add some rick-rack trim!
Clean ’em – Yes, using cloth napkins means more laundry, but what’s a handful of napkins in the pile? We wash ours once a week. During the week, we *try* to keep our napkins straight so we don’t share germs. Napkin rings help. Tip: keep an eco-friendly stain remover and this stain removal chart handy for zapping any stains before they go into the washer.
Are you ready to make the swap to cloth?
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