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Yes, there was a time before paper napkins. For anyone born after the 1950s, you’ve probably only seen cloth napkins at wedding receptions or on the holidays.

Napkins are a simple, frugal and green thing to change in your house. We dug out the cloth napkins we received as wedding gifts 4 years ago and made the switch to cloth around the beginning of this year. They get washed with our kitchen towels so it has not created extra work. I keep them in a basket we weren’t using on a cabinet next to our table, so there’s easy access.

Basket of NapkinsWe still keep paper napkins on hand for packed lunches, etc., but it has cut down dramatically on the amount we buy. It’s not only money-saving but better for the environment as well!

Where to find cloth napkins on the cheap:

  • Estate Sales and Garage Sales
  • Thrift Stores
  • Freecycle
  • Target Clearance End Caps
  • The Linen Closet–Why should your cloth napkins only come out for the holidays? If you don’t have any, raid your grandmother’s linen closet!

One Response to “Bringing Cloth Napkins Back to the Table”

  1. Amy Rutledge says:

    Using cloth napkins makes a nicer dining experience also. We have been doing it for awhile.

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