Swedish Dishcloths, Wowables, and 7 Other Finds to Help You Save Money on Paper Towels

updated Nov 23, 2020
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One of the easiest ways to go green and make your home more eco-friendly is to start with your kitchen supplies. There are so many ways to do it, whether it’s swapping out one-use plastic spray bottles for cleaning concentrates, using beeswax wraps instead of cling film, or switching to reusable towels instead of reaching for your usual paper towel roll. 

Your paper towels are a good place to start re-thinking your reliance on single-use products. Not to mention, reusable alternatives to paper towels can be a super fun way to customize your kitchen, too. Admittedly, they can take some getting used to, and although they may not feel as convenient as a traditional roll at first, they will in time (plus, the pay off for the planet and your home is worth it). 

Below, find a selection of options for replacing paper towels and bring yourself a step closer to green living.

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1. Swedish cellulose dishcloths

Made of biodegradable cellulose and organic cotton, the brand says that these cloths can absorb 20 times their weight. They also promise no odor, so you won’t be pinching your nose each time you need to mop up a spill. One of our writers started using Swedish dish cloths in her kitchen and said she’d “never go back to paper towels.”

Buy: Swedish Cellulose Dishcloths, $19.95 for 10

2. Reusable bamboo paper towels

These chic and simple bamboo towels are long-lasting, and absorbent, so you won’t have to dirty 10 of them when you’re scouring the cooktop or wiping down the microwave. 

Buy: Reusable Paper Towel, $12.95 for 20 at Grove Collaborative

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3. Bamboo kitchen dish cloths

Another bamboo option, these dish cloths aren’t just a viable option for a paper towel replacement, but they can be used to wash dishes, clean surfaces, and are even capable of being implemented into your skincare routine as a wash cloth. 

Buy: 100% Bamboo Kitchen Dish Cloths, $13.99 for six

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4. Wowables reusable & biodegradable paper towel

Biodegradable is an important trait to keep in mind when you’re sourcing everyday products for green living, and these reusable paper towels make the cut. They’re made of 70% wood pulp and 30% unbleached non-GMO cotton.

Buy: Wowables Reusable & Biodegradable Paper Towel, $19.99 for 30

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5. Tree-free paper towels

Composed of non-GMO certified bamboo and sugarcane, these tree-free towels make a strong case for standing in for the roll usually residing on your holder. They’re free of chemicals, plastics, inks, and dyes, and are 100 percent biodegradable.

Buy: Tree-Free Paper Towels, $6.25 for two at Public Goods

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6. AIDEA handi wipes

For those who appreciate a good bargain first and foremost, you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck with this 80-pack of reusable cleaning cloths. These can do everything from dusting to scrubbing — just toss them in the washing machine when you’re done.

Buy: AIDEA Handi Wipes, Multi-Purpose Towel Reusable Cleaning Cloths, $10.95 for 80

7. Unpaper towels

A rainbow of prints is a vibrant solution to any corner that makes you yawn. It helps doubly when the material is sustainable, like these reusable towels from Marley’s Monsters. They naturally cling together, making it easy to roll them up on your usual paper towel dispenser (without the snaps that many cloth paper-towel alternatives have).

Buy: Unpaper Towels, $54 for 24 from Marley’s Monsters

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8. Premium grade microfibre general purpose cloths

Small spills and dusty shelves have nothing on these multipurpose cloths. This set features rags that have a scrubby corner to get all the gunk off of all your surfaces. A sparkling kitchen is in your near future.

Buy: Premium Grade Microfibre General Purpose Cloths, $34.95 for four at Koh

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9. Washable reusable unpaper towels

Spun from organic cotton, these faux paper towels make cleaning so much easier thanks to their high absorbency. While they make for great wiper-uppers, they can double as napkins or dish towels, too. 

Buy: Washable Reusable Unpaper Towels, $18.95 for 10

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10. Arc white on warm grey sponge cloth

Chic and useful? This sponge cloth can sop up spills as well as clean surfaces without leaving any streaky lines. They’re 100 percent biodegradable and can be tossed in your compost bin when they’ve had enough use.

Buy: Arc White on Warm Grey Sponge Cloth, $5 from Ten and Co.

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: These 10 Paper Towel Alternatives Might be Your Next Kitchen Cleaning Staple