Disposable products are convenient but they are expensive and not good for the environment. Our grandmothers used very few if any disposable products and they survived! We can too.
There are 3 disposable products that I have eliminated from our house: Swiffer Refills, Paper Napkins & Paper Towels. This has saved us a lot of money and waste over the years. Here is what we have done to eliminate these money draining disposable products from our house.
1. Swiffer Refills
I love Swiffer sweepers, mops & dusters. I don't like the price of the refills or that they end up in the trash! I have ordered handmade reusable Swiffer refills from Etsy.com and I absolutely love them(I ordered from the seller here and here). Everything I have purchased is very high quality and I have reused and washed them over & over again.
I save a lot of money using the reusable dusters, mop pads & floor cloths and it simplifies cleaning. They are also good for the environment since they are reusable.
2. Paper Napkins
Cloth napkins can be very expensive to purchase so I had an idea. I started collecting fabric from remnant baskets at stores and from Thrift Stores & Garage Sales. This is a great way to get fabric cheap! My Mom then made this fabric into the beautiful napkins pictured above.
I have also purchased cloth napkins at Thrift Stores and Garage Sales for $.25 or less a piece. We now have a variety of cloth napkins to use everyday as well as some for holidays & seasons. There are not any napkin "sets" just a mish mash of fun and decorative prints. The point was not to have all matching napkins but to have enough to use for 3 meals a day.
3. Paper Towels
What disposable products have you eliminated (or would like to eliminate) from your house?
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