If you are like me, you have a mother who wants to buy you stuff. She needs a hobby. That stuff often includes packs of paper towels. I don’t know why she thinks I need so many paper towels. She said she uses a lot.

So, I started using more – thinking she was just going to bring more.

It felt wasteful. So, I stumbled on an ad for Bamboo Kitchen Towels. It seemed like a good idea and I’m always up for trying something new, especially if it makes me feel less guilt.

Bamboo Paper Towels

The towel roll is standard so it fit my current kitchen roller. It felt heavier and had the textured look of a towel I might use to clean my car. Shamwow!

I tried them for the first time last night. I cleaned up my countertops and even got some sticky stuff off of the floor, put the towel in the sink and rinsed it off with a heavy stream and it is still in tact. I set it on top of the faucet and let it dry. It is ready to go. Almost like new.

Good, I suppose. My brother-in-law said they are panda food but he was just kidding.

Bamboo grows fast and can be cut without killing the entire plant. So, that is better than cutting down trees I guess. When producing fabric from bamboo, there can be some environmental issues with processing. I’m not likely to go out and buy any bamboo clothing anytime soon.

Click for an interesting article about bamboo textiles.


Overall, I was impressed by the kitchen towel and unless I learn about some reason why I would not want to re-use the towels, mold or something like that, I will continue to use them and see how long this one roll lasts. Based on the condition of my current roll, having used one sheet when I probably would have used a few paper towels, I’m sold so far.


DAY 3 EDIT: After using the towels for a few days, I am surprised at how absorbent and durable the towels are. The only issue I see so far is that the towels take a while to dry and if I want to clean up something with a dry towel shortly afterwards, I will need a new towel or revert to paper towels/other towels.

POSSIBLE SOLUTION: A countertop towel dryer. I need to invent it but it might look like this. You might say that you can just put it on your oven handle but, in my house, my dog always grabs those towels to play with so I stopped putting towels there. Kids might be a similar consideration.

Edit after a few months. What started out as an idea that I would be getting rid of paper towels forever has now changed. Other than the fact that drying the towels is a problem, I didn’t find them very effective and so I’m back using regular paper towels.


I grew up in Baltimore and currently live in the Rodgers Forge community just north of Baltimore City.

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