Here’s the result of mixing my love of crocheting with my love of pink things. Sweet, huh? I’ve decided to call them “eco-cloths” because they save $$$ and don’t clutter up the landfill like paper towels.

These are the newest dishcloths I made last week but I have probably made 3 dozen in various sizes and shapes over the last few years. I use these cloths for everything from washing the counters and sink to mopping up spills or using as a hot mat/trivet.

As a result I probably purchase maybe two—yes, you read it correctly, 2—rolls of paper towels per year. I just don’t see the need to waste all those paper towels when I can easily wipe up spills with my homemade eco-cloths. Exceptions to this are nasty, goopy spills such as molasses or syrup. Then I wipe up as much as I can with paper towels and finish up with a wet cloth and spray cleaner. As for doggy accidents, we just won’t go there.

I know not everyone can crochet or knit but you could easily re-purpose old towels for cleaning tasks by cutting them up and storing them under the kitchen and bathroom sinks. As for my old towels, I’ve given them over to Rick. He uses them in his man-cave garage for automotive and mechanical tasks.

Oh! Another huge advantage of these eco-cloths is the nubby texture, which is perfect for scrubbing areas like refrigerator door handles or around light switches. So, good-bye magic cleaning “erasers”!