Paper towels vs. cleaning rags

Paper towels vs. cleaning rags

Whenever there is a messy spill, you basically have two different materials you can reach for to clean up the mess up.  You can grab a paper towel, and throw it away once cleaning is done and over with.  The other option is for you to use a rag, and wash it for reuse afterwards.  Obviously, the more convenient option is for you to reach for the paper towel.  However, if you want to be greener in the way that you clean, then I suggest that you use the reusable rag on your next messy spill.

Washing a dirty rag does require you to use up some resources.  At the very least, you will need water and some sort of cleaning agent to get the rag sanitary enough for its next usage.  However, if you ask me, it still beats using a paper towel just once, and then throwing it away just like that.

What really makes paper towels the lesser choice is the whole production process.  Trees need to be cut down to make the paper towels.  Then there are the resources that go into the packaging.  Also, don’t forget about all the gas consumption that is required to get the paper towels to the stores for you to buy. 

Reusable rags can be used in all types of sticky situations.  You can use them to wipe down spills in the kitchen, or you can use them to help you clean out your bathtub.  Then afterwards you can wash them, and have them on standby for your next messy spill.