Hi all, I’m currently writing an article on paper towels. We’ve tested them recently and plan on publishing the results soon. I have a few specialities that I use paper towels for, but I wanted to know what else people use them for.
Here is my top 7;
• Keeping greens and herbs fresh
• Cooking bacon in the microwave
• Adhoc salad spinner
• Wiping up spills
• Wiping away the moisture from raw meats
• Adhoc filter
• Straining grease
Does anyone else have any ways they use paper towels that are a bit of a hack for people to use?
Anything where hygiene says throwing it away after single use is a good idea - drying the cats litterbox after cleaning is one. Some brands seem to work well for glass/mirror cleaning, others leave it a little ‘dusty’ - I use it for bike and car mirrors and the mirror in the bathroom with home brand window cleaner …
I also use them for cleaning the wok/re-oiling and the same on the gas BBQ, as well as many of the above uses. They also get used regularly for wiping away excess liquid from the bag opening when vacuum sealing the trout I grow in the aquaponics system. Wet bags wont seal.
Folded up, they can be used to fix a wonky table leg.
They are also good for drying flowers (say wedding flowers or those one want for keepsake)…if the paper is replaced every day or two. At university, we used paper towels to dry plant specimens which is an extension of drying flowers.
Unbleached and unscented ones can also be used to filter wine that has had its tannins settle out. Create a small funnel and pour through slowly.
We usually only buy recycled ones as we don’t want to see trees cut down for a single use item like paper towels (likewise for toilet paper).
If we need a stronger wiping cloth, we revert to reusable and washable fabric ones.
Indeed, IMO only recycled product should be allowed to be sold for once-off uses like the above, and tissue paper. We’ve been buying bulk boxes from ‘who gives a crap’. Their paper towels are made from a blend of bamboo and sugarcane, with 50% of profits donated to a building more toilets for those who dont have access to one.
Almost exclusively use paper towels where oils or grease are involved, eg wiping out the frypan before washing, cleaning around the rangehood filters, etc.
For cleaning glass, mirrors, and the like, I’ve switched to using microfibre cloths. Still unsure whether washing and re-using them is better for the environment or not…
I use paper towels to wipe away moisture from raw fish before cooking it; cleaning windows; wiping away insect spray plus gathering the dead insects and polishing my granite benchtop after using Mr Sheen, to get it shiny.