The thought has crossed my mind to make the switch from paper to cloth napkins. We’re kind of big napkin users in our house…I can’t stand eating a meal without a napkin available for greasy fingers or the random lip crumb. So we go through a lot of paper napkins. It seems like such a waste throwing all that paper away, but I’m not really sure the switch to cloth would be feasible in our household.
Does anyone have anything to say on this topic? Do you use cloth napkins on a regular basis? How often do you launder the napkins? After each and every use?
I’ve used cloth napkins in restaurants of course, and at some nicer dinner parties at people’s homes. I really can’t imagine having to launder a cloth napkin after every use. I do have a stash of them…wedding gifts never used, and a few other sets that I’ve accumulated over time. The one instance where I used cloth napkins on a regular basis was when I lived with my host family in Spain. They only used cloth napkins, and their system went something like this. Each person would have their own cloth napkin, and that would be theirs for the week. The napkins were identified by different napkin rings…I think my host father’s napkin was always tied in a knot so he’d know which one was his. Anyway, after about a week all the napkins would be laundered and a new set would be brought out for the next week. Could I make this work in my house?? We could try it I guess. I just feel like the napkins would get pretty nasty by week’s end.
Your thoughts on this one- much appreciated!!