When my husband and I first moved to New York City from Europe, we were blown away by the variety of choices at the grocery store. I had never seen so many different types of kale! Even the household items aisle was full of fun surprises—specifically the crazy paper towel options. I’ll never forget when my mother-in-law visited and gushed over the tear-a-square ones we’d bought (I think it might have been her favorite thing she saw on her trip).
But after our initial enthusiasm over the many different types of towels died down, we realized that we were going through a lot of rolls every month. Our habit of reaching for one for every minor spill (hey, I’m a messy cook) was both expensive and wasteful. The solution? Going back to a Swedish household staple that’s super absorbent, easy to clean and compostable.
Introducing the Swedish dish towel. It works like a sponge (but better), mopping up liquid, cleaning dishes and drying countertops. The packaging claims that one towel replaces up to 17 rolls of paper towels and can be cleaned in the washing machine or in the top rack of your dishwasher up to 200 times. (I can’t confirm those numbers, but I can definitely vouch for how efficient it is.) It’s better for the environment, too, since it’s naturally biodegradable.
But won’t it start to smell? Nope. The towel air-dries quickly, keeping it bacteria- and odor-free. (Unlike that stinky sponge you need to toss every week.)
While I’ve had trouble finding these towels in grocery stores, they can easily be added to cart on Amazon. I like these ones for their cute motifs and reasonable price ($14 for a set of three).
No promises it’ll stop your pot of spaghetti from boiling over. But hey, baby steps.