Paper towel roll on kitchen bench.
Research report
17 April 2020

Why reusable paper towels aren't always right for the job

“Reusable” isn’t always “suitable”.

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Peter I.
20 Dec 2021
Is a new manufactured product ever a "Green Alternative"?

Or is that just a fuzzy catch-all buzzword? Greener, maybe, depending on the process but still it's manufactured, packaged and shipped and distributed. Truly green?
I only say this because there's surely a glaringly obvious alternative.
If the author is willing to set aside the paper towels' pro of: "Because I don't want to wash a dirty rag later" then perhaps an old, past-it-but-not-suitable-for-hand-me-down, cotton t-shirt cut into cloth-sized squares would be the even greener alternative. Maybe fully Green, even. With a capital G for OhMyGosh.

Renate S.
20 Sep 2021
Use two types

I use two yellow cleaning cloths, one for the kitchen and the other one for dirtier works. To ensure hygiene, I cut a bit on each corner on the "dirtier" one, to distinguish it from the kitchen one. It's that easy! Every two months or so, I boil the kitchen cloth with a squirt kitchen detergent for ten minutes. That needs a larger pan, because it has a tendency to foam and boil over, but it is quick and easy and they come out like new. It saves money on the long run and means less waste. By now my kitchen cloth must be near ten years old, and is still nice and yellow, like a new one. Try it!

J W.
23 Apr 2020
Typo?

Hi. I think you've substituted "Simply Care" for "Simply Clean" a couple of times and it makes the article really hard to read.

Consumer staff
23 Apr 2020
Re: Typo?

Hi J W,

Good spot and apologies for the error. We've now corrected this.

Cheers
Fonda - Consumer NZ staff