Paper Towel Confession

by Landis Carey on May 3, 2012

Okay okay, I know what you’re thinking…it’s not even been two weeks since Landis had a baby and her conviction for cloth trumping paper has already flown the nest. Well, friends, the story isn’t as extreme as that, but I did feel it deserved a little confession.

It’s been more than a year since I ditched paper towels and switched our kitchen operations (you know, cleaning, cooking, etc) over to cloth napkins and super-absorbant kitchen towels. It’s been a great success and we’ve saved quite a bit because of it. I wash dirtied towels about twice a week and haven’t once looked back to the paper products isle…

…until last week.

Hubby and I arrived home with Baby Everett last Monday and what was it that I sent Hubby to Target for merely 24 hours later? Yes, friends, paper towels. Yup, you read that correctly. Hubby and I were both in shock at the request — he asked twice if I was sure, and I was, so let me explain.

In preparing for Baby Everett’s arrival we didn’t go so far as to purchase diapers and wipes. Wanting to start off with the same items we’d use in the hospital, we decided to stock up once we knew more. The plan was going along smoothly until we ran out of those paper wipes the hospital sent us home with — you know, the kind that look suspiciously like thick, giant, square paper towels. The hospital recommended using this type of product wet with only water for the first two weeks we were home with Everett.

So, there went hubby, off to Target to purchase paper towels in lieu of baby wipes. He must have felt guilty because he splurged by purchasing Seventh Generation. Sure, I could have cut up a few cotton towels into baby butt-size portions, but I’m not quite there yet. Down the road, perhaps, especially once our routines are a little more established and I’m not as sleep deprived!

Tell me, friends, have you tried living paper towel-free?

(Image: Landis Carey)

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Melissa Johnston May 4, 2012 at 8:41 am

Convenience can sometimes be a good thing! :) Hope y’all are doing well and you’re enjoying getting to know your little one.


Emily May 4, 2012 at 10:06 am

LOL! This is so funny because last night, as I was wiping down our counters with our new bar mop towels, I thought about you and your paper towel-free mission…. and lo and behold there was a post! : ) I’m happy to report that the Cantrell household has gone paper-free in the kitchen thanks to your inspiration! However, there have been a few moments where I’ve been a little helpless without. Exhibit A.) Marley projectiled his breakfast – mostly still in tact – across the kitchen floor the other day. Ummm, eww. Exhibit B.) A very large and disgusting bug of the Southern kind made its way into the house. After I smashed it to smithereens with a shoe I was like, now what? I really didn’t want to put that in a towel. Thankfully, there were a few remaining squares of our last roll of paper towels left… there are somethings that just need to go in the trash can! : ) We’re living and learning. Miss you, love you, smooch your baby for me. : ) Em


sos May 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm

landis, what i hoot! your blog and comments brought forth giggles! it’s amazing how babies can turn our best laid plans upside down. welcome to the real world :)

having gone PT-less about 2(?) months ago, we have not looked back, thanks to you. i am a microfiber towel nut now, they wipe and clean better than anything, and also use cotton towels but much less. confess though that kleenex mops up an occasional olive oil spill.

best to you and hubby and little everett


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