Saturday, April 9, 2011

Worst New Product

I saw a commercial for an absolutely idiotic product the other day. Sorry to the people who invented these, but seriously?

Disposable paper towels for your home bathroom?

Don't we already use too much paper with our kitchen paper towels, our toilet paper, and our paper napkins? I have been trying to get away from using disposable products, not trying to find ways to bring more into my life. We do still have paper towels in our kitchen, and I use them occasionally for greasy or dirt messes in the kitchen, but I mostly try to use cloth towels, napkins, and cleaning rags. They do just as good or better of a job, don't fall apart in your hands, and don't need to be constantly replaced (costing money and natural resources). Why in the world would you want to add ANOTHER costly disposable product to your bathroom, when most people already have plenty of good hand towels? The commercial shows many people using the towels after not thoroughly washing their hands. OK, that is kind of gross, but shouldn't you only be drying your hands after you've actually cleaned them?

Perhaps there are too many questions in this post, but I really don't get it.

Even in public restrooms, I've found that I can often skip using a paper towel. I am the kind of person who usually just shakes my hands dry and/or wipes them on my jeans to dry them after using a public restroom. I did a highly professional, laboratory controlled (not really) experiment one time and found that my hands dried nearly as quickly from just rubbing them together as they did from rubbing them together under one of those air blower things. Try it out sometime and let me know what you think. I do use a paper towel on Sweet Pea's hands when she uses a public bathroom.

The other day I cut up some of Average's old holey boxer briefs to use as cleaning rags. I do the same with his and my old t-shirts as well. They work great, and when I use something like this I don't care if it gets stained in the cleaning process, because I'm not leaving it hanging up in my kitchen, the way I do with dish towels. I am kind of picky about my dish towels.

What do you think -- would you ever buy disposable paper towels for your bathroom? What disposable products have you found you can replace with re-usable?

2 comments:

  1. I totally agree! I saw that commercial for the first time on Earth day last year. Really? Great advertisement :(

    We use cloth everything in the kitchen. I do miss paper towels for grease but it keeps me from cooking greasy food.

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  2. We only use cloth - scraps from old t-shirts, worn out jeans, and lots and lots of holey socks. I have more than enough scraps now, so when we have a really gross mess (like something greasy) I use the socks, then throw them straight into the trash.

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