If you think about it, using cloth napkins seems like a pain in the neck. After all, with cloth napkins, you have to wash them after one or two uses. You may be wondering if that doesn’t really up the amount of laundry you are doing?
Here’s My Story
When our daughter was little, one of her friend’s moms said she used cloth napkins. I thought I would give it a try, never imagining that many years later I would still be using (many of the same) cloth napkins.
Let me digress, I am lazy. I don’t like to cook, do laundry, or clean much. So I never thought I would stick with the cloth napkin habit.
Here’s how this exceptionally green habit stuck.
I had lots of cloth napkins, which I rarely used.
I stuck them in a handy drawer near the silverware. They are really convenient to access; very important.
If a habit is hard, it’s less likely you’ll stick with it.
Whoever was setting the table, stuck the cloth napkins on the table!
After the meal, if a napkin is dirty, I shove it in a basket to take to the laundry at the end of the day. I certainly don’t make a special trip. I might even throw a dirty dish towel in the basket!
I have a bunch of napkins so I never run out.
After I do the laundry, they go back in the drawer.
I have no idea how much money or energy we have saved using the cloth napkins.
I like using them because I’m messy and they are more absorbent than paper.
And less paper in the land fill is a good thing.
Finally, who doesn’t want more money? I haven’t bought more than a pack of paper napkins once a year or so.
Have you ever tried cloth napkins? What do you think?
Barbara Friedberg, MBA, MS is editor-in-chief of Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance.com where she writes to educate, inspire, and motivate for wealth in money and life. Learn about personal finance from a real life Portfolio Manager & MBA professor! Stop by the website and download a valuable free eBook, 20 Minute Guide to Investing.