I haven't used paper towels in over two years, much to the irritation of my family when they're at my house. I don't TRY to irritate them. It just happens. :)
I use dish rags for everything. Even when I occasionally fry me some squash or green tomatoes. Hey, I AM a Southern girl after all. To me, paper towels are just an unnecessary, expensive waste of our resources, not to mention adding to trash in a landfill. So I've been saving a tree here and there and reducing my garbage for a couple of years now by just not buying them. Probably saved a buck or two, too.
BUT I worry about spreading germs around.
I was reading some eco-friendly sites today and I discovered these 100% biodegradable cloths that are made in Germany (gotta love Europe's eco-friendliness!) and completely break down in about five weeks. They can just be washed and wrung out or even put in the dishwasher and cleaned and reused. I liked that most of all. And get this. One cloth is the equivalent of 15 rolls of paper towels. Wow.
So I ordered the multi-colored pack with the flowers (of course!) and I cannot wait to get them! They are very affordable, too, about $8 for four.
**** UPDATE ****
I got them today, Friday, July 17th!! That was fast!!! I'm in love with them already. They are great for washing dishes and cleaning counters. I discovered that right away. And they are sooooo cute, too. Much cuter in person. Yay!!!