Top Seven Paper Towel Alternatives
1. Skoy – this Encinitas, California-based company makes a towel that combines cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp. Each Skoy cloth can absorb fifteen times its weight –what paper towel can do that? They are machine washable, compostable when finally worn out, and come in two sizes (7x7" and 12x10"). Available in white or bright, kitchen-cheering colors at www.skoycloth.com.
2. Mystic Maid Super-Absorbent Drying Towel – this blue cloth is extra-soft and long-lasting, as well as streak-and-lint free – avoiding the problem that paper towels have of leaving fibers behind on glass. Find at www.mysticmaid.com or kitchen supply stores such as Sur La Table.
3. PeopleTowels – made from 100% organic cotton, these 9x9" towels have groovy graphics to hip up the ecoconscious home. Find at www.peopletowels.com.
4. ShamWow! – you may laugh at the infomercials, but ShamWow is actually a good paper towel substitute. If you’re one of the types who doesn’t own a TV, buy them at Bed, Bath, and Beyond or www.ShamWow.com.
5. Cheesecloth – this loosely woven cloth, meant to separate the curds from the whey in making cheese, can also serve as a paper towel substitute. You can usually find it at stores that sell cooking supplies.
6. Cloth diapers – for sanitary and aesthetic reasons, don’t use them for their original purpose first.
7. REstyle Bar Towels at Target – what I’m starting to use right now. (I’m going to need to get over my taboo about permanent stains on kitchen towels – these guys are going to have them!) A pack of four is only $3.99 – at this price, you can buy plenty. Go to your local Target and check the kitchen section (so far, they are not available online).