My Plastic-free Life - Topic: Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/ Simple:Press Version 5.6.7 Beth Terry on Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p671 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p671 Occasionally they fall off and end up at the bottom. But I just figure that since they were washed at such a high temp, the bacteria will have been killed. We also put them in the microwave sometimes.

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Mon, 09 Jan 2012 19:02:32 -0800
julsie on Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p669 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p669 That's impressive.  I've gotten good at using my cast iron skillets, but only with plenty of cooking fat. 

My clothes washer cleans the Skoy better than my dishwasher.  How do you keep them from ending up on the bottom in a puddle of slightly dirty water?

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Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:54:22 -0800
peaJayFish on Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p667 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p667 S.Assilem said:

What do people do to wipe up cooking out (as in a cast iron skillet) in place of paper towels? Currently I use trash clothes (old socks, etc) or a cheese clothe - I can't imagine washing an oil soaked clothe.

I don't use oil for cooking anymore.  At all.  Don't miss it one bit.  Food stuck to my pans all the time when cooking with oil, not a bit without.  "Needing" oil is a myth.  I had a hard time believing it, but it's true.  You just have to "engage" a little more with the process!

Speaking of, have you seen that horror called the "robo-stir" on TV?! Ugh! Prime pickings for the Plastic Wall of Shame (I'm sure it's already there).

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Sun, 08 Jan 2012 10:37:59 -0800
Beth Terry on Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p666 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p666 Do you wash your Skoy cloths in the clothes washer or dishwasher? We put ours in the dishwasher because the water gets much hotter in there to kill germs. We also sometimes zap them in the microwave. We've been using the same ones for a couple of years, and in fact I was planning to blog about how long they last. But I don't clean up heavy amounts of oil or gross things like cat poop with them.

I think someone might have mentioned Evergreen paper towels come packaged without plastic.

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Fri, 06 Jan 2012 14:12:06 -0800
julsie on Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p665 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p665 I love my Skoy cloths!  But they're starting to come out of the washer still nasty, so I might go back to paper towels for certain things.  I can't justify sacrificing a cloth that cost at least a dollar and has lots of uses left just to clean one greasy skillet or huge cat/dog/kid accident.  I keep wishing I could buy single rolls of paper towels with a paper wrapper, like toilet paper!

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Fri, 06 Jan 2012 07:36:34 -0800
Beth Terry on Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p664 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p664 We don't buy paper towels, but for the occasional super gross mess (cat misses litter box, for example) I just use some recycled toilet paper. We rely on Skoy cloths for everything else. /2008/10/skoy-cloths-theyre-plastic-free-and/

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Thu, 05 Jan 2012 13:38:14 -0800
julsie on Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p663 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p663 I haven't figured that out, either.  I think paper towels help us avoid the heavy-duty dishwashing liquid. 

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Thu, 05 Jan 2012 06:08:54 -0800
S.Assilem on Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p661 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p661 What do people do to wipe up cooking out (as in a cast iron skillet) in place of paper towels? Currently I use trash clothes (old socks, etc) or a cheese clothe - I can't imagine washing an oil soaked clothe.

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Wed, 04 Jan 2012 21:18:04 -0800
julsie on Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p658 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p658 Thank you so much!  I've made a lot of progress, but sometimes you just need to throw the whole mess away.  We have some home repair projects coming up, and I think disposable towels are inevitable for a little while.

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Wed, 04 Jan 2012 08:17:00 -0800
kanishka on Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p649 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p649 julsie said:

We can't seem to break the paper towel addiction at our house.  We use cloth for food spills and most household cleaning, but we have several pets, which inevitably means messes that my washing machine simply can't handle.  Thus the paper towels.

Has anybody ever seen them without the plastic wrappers?  Preferably recycled paper -- I'm not too picky, even the cheapies are good enough for cat puke.

evergreen paper towels from green bay packaging. available at greenline and letsgogreen.biz . my house mate can't break the habit yet, though she is trying to switch to all rags. she does a lot of painting and has dogs, cats.

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Sun, 01 Jan 2012 15:54:49 -0800
Melissa B on Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p647 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p647 How about clothes you don't want to use as rags? I have cloths for cleaning and some (old socks, ugly shirt bits, unders) for single use.

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Fri, 30 Dec 2011 11:05:40 -0800
AliceMartel on Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p494 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p494 I use rags to pick my cats' puke - well, it's mostly hairballs and some kind of liquid, most of the time.  I rinse them, dry them on the side of the tub, and when I have enough, I do a load.  I made the rags from old fabrics, t-shirts, etc.  I don't really use paper towels all that much, actually, very very rarely. 

The paper towels I have are from Cascades (12 rolls of 100% post-consumer natural brown paper towels), and yes, there is plastic packaging - hopefully, these paper towels will last years.

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Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:25:36 -0700
julsie on Paper towels http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p489 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/paper-towels/#p489 We can't seem to break the paper towel addiction at our house.  We use cloth for food spills and most household cleaning, but we have several pets, which inevitably means messes that my washing machine simply can't handle.  Thus the paper towels.

Has anybody ever seen them without the plastic wrappers?  Preferably recycled paper -- I'm not too picky, even the cheapies are good enough for cat puke.

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Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:34:14 -0700