Two years ago I took the plunge and switched to using cloth napkins 100% of the time in my house. I love them and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to paper. Cloth napkins are better for the environment and are cheaper than paper napkins over time. However, dishing out the dough for a set or two of cloth napkins might seem silly when paper napkins are so cheap!
Here are 4 money saving tips for switching to cloth napkins:
1) Shop at Thrift Stores – Save up your money for 1 nice set of napkins you can use when company is over. The rest of the time your family can use a mix-matched set from the thrift store.
2) Put Cloth Napkins on Your Wish List – If you get a set for your birthday or Christmas, then they’ll be free!
3) Recycle Old Fabric – Make your own napkins out of old t-shirts or fabric scraps. This would also be a great use for old receiving blankets! They might look a little silly, but does it really matter when your are just going to smear spaghetti sauce on them anyway???
And finally my favorite money saving tip of all…
4) Make Smaller Napkins Out of Large Ones – Have you ever really looked at how huge some cloth napkins are??? My napkins are DII Everyday Basic Napkins and they measured 20″ by 20″. That is a big napkin! (Perfectly acceptable for a fancy dinner out, but a bit over kill for my mac ‘n cheese lunch.)
I asked my mom to cut each napkin into 4 and hem the unfinished sides for me. Now they are the size of a regular folded paper napkin, which I rarely would unfold to use anyway.
I love my smaller napkins because…
- they are a more manageable size.
- I have 24 napkins now instead of just 6!
- I don’t have to do laundry as often.
- they were cheaper than buying 24 full size napkins.
Here is one last bonus tip for you: Don’t use fabric softener on your cloth napkins. Like on bath towels, fabric softener actually makes your napkins less absorbent.
Do you use cloth napkins in your house?
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