I usually only use paper towels for two purposes: drying my hands when cooking and cleaning, and blowing my nose. The latter is laziness - our bathrooms are up a floor or down a floor from the main floor of the house. Paper towels were always just closer. *B*, however, kept trying to use the bandanas that I wear in my hair as hankies. Not cool.
When we started talking about going natural, *B* brought up my paper towel usage. I know, I know, the paper towels. I kind of shrugged it off. But when the last paper towel came off the roll, I didn't go downstairs to get another roll.
It's probably about a week now. Maybe more. I haven't even taken the tube off the roll for fear of upsetting the groove.
Instead, I've relied on my tea towels to dry my hands. They're getting to be a bit saturated, and definitely need to be washed. But it was somewhat annoying to get up from dinner, walk over, wipe your hands or face on a tea towel, then sit back down. So yesterday, as we were walking through a shopping center, *B* and I noticed a new store opening: a dollar store. In there, were some cute packs of "dish towels" that looked to us just like cloth napkins.
Thinking ahead to future children and the possibility of friends dining with us, eight seemed like a good number.
We also grabbed two yellow bandanas as hankies. It's a color that I don't own, so it won't get mixed up with my stash. They're very pretty, and so far, have been effective.
The one thing I'd still like to do is make some "unpaper" towels. These are terrycloth backed fabric panels that snap together to form a paper towel-like roll. They are up to $50 (fifty dollars!) per roll on Etsy, but I'm sure I can make it for less than that. I found a tutorial here that I intend to use as soon as I have the money and time to make them.