Cloth Napkins: The Basics

Let’s start off our little cloth adventure slowly, shall we?

Have you ever tried wiping your hands with a paper napkin after eating chicken wings? You know how you get those little pieces stuck to your fingers? Why anyone would subject themselves to such torture is beyond me. Cloth napkins are cheap, versatile, and oh-so-pretty!

We always had cloth napkins growing up. They’re not just for fancy dinners or company you want to impress, oh no. A face stuffed with pizza and beer deserve a sustainable option too. Quit wasting those precious pennies on something you throw away!

You can easily find cloth napkins at Target or Walmart. Or if you’re feeling extra earth-conscious, you can even make your own. For my husband and I, 10 napkins are more than enough. That’s plenty to last between washing plus enough for a dinner guest or two.

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Look at how pretty!

We have a laundry basket at the bottom of our basement stairs for used towels and washcloths. After each use we just throw the napkins on the pile. Once there’s enough for a load, everything gets washed. Easy peasy. The only thing I would suggest as far as washing goes is making sure any bits of food get thrown away before tossing the napkin into the laundry pile. Washing machines aren’t made to handle food, and you will end up with chunks (gross word, I know) in your machine. Just a quick shake over the trash can after use should do it.

Use those folded paper squares to make some snow flakes for the holidays instead, and invest in a nice set of super soft cloth napkins. Your face (and the planet) will thank you.

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