How many times do you rinse and reuse a paper towel before you throw it away?

United States
August 17, 2007 8:14pm CST
If you believe the paper towel advertisements, you could reasonably rinse a paper towel one hundred times before having to throw it out. But, realistically even the most durable paper towels are bound to wear out after just a little bit of use. Once I got hold of a fantastic brand of paper towels called Top Job (or at least I think that was the name. It's been years.) And, those paper towels were literally as thick as regular wash cloths. Very absorbent too. But, most of the paper towels that I buy from the regular grocery stores are thin and don't last long. However, I am peristent and try to make the paper towels last as long as possible. Most times I roll off five or six squares of paper towel and then clean my entire kitchen counter top before rinsing the paper towel. Then I wipe the refrigeratar out. And, if the paper towel stands up to one more rinse, I will hit all the dirty spots on the kitchen floor. So, I guess you'd say that I try to make a paper towel last as long as possible before I throw it away. With that being said, when it comes to cleaning up germy messes like chicken blood or cat messes, I am only able to use the paper towel once and then it goes into the trash. In those cases, I think it's perfectly acceptable not to reuse a paper towel for additional work, because I don't want to spread germs around my kitchen. So, how many times do you rinse a paper towel and reuse it before you throw it in the trash? What brand of paper towel is most durable and holds up to multiple uses?
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• United States
18 Aug 07
When I work on my crafts I use the blue "Shop Towels". They are extremely thick and absorbent. I wash and use them over and over again until they literally fall apart. Most of the time I can get a couple dozen washes out of them depending on what I'm doing. I always keep them around. I don't usually use paper towels in the kitchen though. I use old rags for everyday use. I'm an ecologist at heart and trying to save a few trees.
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• United States
18 Aug 07
Well, old rags is my little secret as well! I try to balance out my paper towel use with old cleaning rags whenever possible. Just the other day I had this very talk with myself. I wanted to use paper towels for some really nasty spill, but then convinced myself to go with the rags. I'm glad that I did. Hey, where do you buy "Shop Towels"? Would you mind telling me? I'd really like to try some of those, cause we are constantly having stuff to clean up around here. It's not easy running around after two cats and a kid that make constant messes. Don't worry, I'll teach her how to clean as soon as she gets old enough. Then she'll be mommy's little helper. You should have seen her the other night when I was washing the walls. She insisted on having a cleaning rag of her own so she could help out.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
19 Aug 07
I really don't use paper towels very often. I prefer to use a towel and then throw it in the wash. Usually the only time I use paper towels it's for something like draining grease when I cook fried chicken or something like that. Occasionally I will use one to clean up a cat or dog mess, but I prefer to use toilet paper or a baby wipe for those messes. So I guess I don't really use a paper towel for anything that would allow me to reuse it. The only time I have ever really used paper towels for cleaning, was when we moved out of our house on base. I was amazed at how many paper towels we used! We didn't rinse and reuse any of them, though.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
18 Aug 07
I have only tried one paper towel that can be used more than once after washing that is Bounty the others are just to thin and falls apart.
@KrisNY (7592)
• United States
18 Aug 07
I never rinse and reuse them- I guess I don't buy a good enough brand- usually the cheap store brand- unless I have a coupon and they are on sale- I use kitchen washclothes to clean up- and then toss in the wash-
@lucky_witch (2711)
• Philippines
18 Aug 07
I only use paper towel once and throw it. I only use it when I am out of my home and a fabric towel is not available. But most of the time, I use wet tissue than paper towel because it is more cheaper. And also I do not like reusing by rinsing that. ANd you are right there is a tendency of spreading germs by wshing it reusing it. So if possible use it only once.
• United States
18 Aug 07
I have to be honest. I love using paper towels. In fact too much, my husband says I waste them. I only use it once, and throw it out. I am afraid germs will be passed around.
@ranitam22 (1147)
• United States
18 Aug 07
I guess I don't buy the right paper towels because the ones I get I can wipe up maybe the counter and stove if I spill maybe some juice or something and that's it. I'm constantly getting new paper towels when I cook.