Stop Buying Paper Towels


What is an UnPaper Towel and how do you use it? UnPaper Towels are reusable cloth towels that are useful for cleaning up spills and wiping off counters. They wash and dry beautifully. A perfect paper towel replacement that is eco-friendly and cost effective. A dozen will hold up for a year or more.
Save some trees and the planet.
Start with Birdseye or Diaper cloth. It it amazingly absorbent and sturdy.
Cut into 12" x 18" pieces. 1 yard will give you 6 pieces.
Use a serger to give make clean edges.
Round the corners.
Serge over the start.
Use different colors for variety.

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  • Gail
    on Jan 21, 2018

    I have cloth diapers from my babies, 20+ yrs ago, both birdseye & gauze. Do you know how they came to be called Birdseye? The thread weave of old birdseye fabric looked like little bird's eyes in the weave. If you compare the old ones to the new ones of today, you'll be quite surprised at the thickness & absorbency of the old ones. It takes 2 to 3 layers of new ones to equal one layer of an old one. Don't misunderstand, both are good but if I'm going to use the new ones for cleaning, I fold & stitch the layers together. They are much more absorbent that way & I personally don't care much for prefolded diapers. Diaper service prefolded ones are 100% cotton & are very good & thick if you're lucky enough to find those.

    Wherever I am, if I find "old" diapers stained or not. I buy them, take home, bleach & wash, then use. And, I'm about to use them as diaper inserts all over again in diaper wraps for disabled hubby.

    Birdseye cloth on a bolt in fabric stores is 30" to 36" wide & is sold by the yard. It may be a thicker fabric than packaged diapers given it costs more per yard than a single diaper usually does, at least it used to be that way. You can also find diaper flannel on bolts & sold by the yard. It's also 100% cotton. Flannel however, does have lint that Birdseye & gauze does not, but is still good for a lot of uses. Gauze is also available on bolts in many colors & prints & can be used in same way as Birdseye but usually costs more.

    100% cotton muslin is usually economical by the yard & comes in white & natural colors. Check it out. This makes great dish, hand, & tea towels.

    This is all just some FYI some of you might find helpful & interesting. I buy paper towels about once every 6 months. Otherwise, it's cloth to the rescue.


  • Patsy St George
    on Jan 22, 2018

    good idea thanks 4 the tip
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