When you’re ready to ditch paper towels for good, reach for these 3 reusable alternatives


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At least 200 paper towels die every time I decide to do a deep clean throughout my apartment. The convenience of wiping away a mess then tossing it in the trash proves tempting, but given that the United States goes through about 13 billion paper towels each year, this cleaning method isn’t exactly “convenient” for the environment—now is it? In a world where an individual’s sustainable actions matter more and more each and every day, paper towel alternatives are now on-the-rise. And well, it’s about time.

If every American household found an alternative even for just one 70-sheet roll of virgin fiber paper towels, we’d save 544,000 trees each year. So just imagine what would happen if you gave up the single-use products altogether. Not only would you diminish your own environmental footprint, you would also save a lot (and I mean Benjamins) of money each year. Metaphorically speaking, you’re wiping wasted money and literal waste from your life.

3 paper towel alternatives for sustainable cleaning now until forever

LOLA Wowables Reusable Paper Towel, $20

According to the company, these babies are› 350 percent more absorbent than an average roll of paper towels. Plus, they come in coral, teal, and violet to make cleaning 350 percent more colorful.

Luckiss 100% Bamboo Dish Cloths Cleaning Cloth and Dishcloths Set, $13

For a more classic-looking dish towel, bamboo can’t be beat. This 12-pack will last you upwards of a year.

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Heavy Duty Eco Friendly Machine Washable Reusable Bamboo Towels, $9

This may look like an ordinary roll of paper towels… but it isn’t. Each sheet can be used and washed 120 plus times for month after month of sparkly clean kitchen floors, counters, and cabinets.

There’s a pretty compelling argument for eating for the environment, so why not try the “planetary health diet.” 

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