What I accomplished yesterday...
I've been saying for a while that I was going to try to cut back on paper product use and disposable stuff. Cotton is the component of nearly every kitchen towel and rag in existence. It's not necessarily *the* most absorbent in t-shirt form, because there's not a lot of lift or pile, but I figured they'd make good cleaning rags, napkins, and paper towel substitutes.
When I cut them up, I maintained as much of the torso in one rectangular piece as I could. The yoke and sleeves will be cleaning rags.
Once they were cut up, I bleached them. Long hours of wear in summer heat in an environment as dirty as a jail tends to leave white t-shirts not so white.
I think they're cute. They sit in a basket on my dining table, which is almost as convenient as the roll of paper towels on top of the stove. When they get dirty, I just toss them down the stairs to the basement where the laundry is. I suppose I could get really anal and put an empty basket out for dirties, but that just seems like a waste of counter space when I could just throw them down the stairs all lazy like.
I have read several blogs where people wash and reuse their zippie bags. My problem has been getting them to stay open to dry thoroughly. I don't like the idea of the damp trapped in the bag potentially growing molds that I can't see, but could still infect our foodstuffs.
I thought about one of those cute little drying racks that I've seen a few bloggers using, but didn't want to buy one or spend money on materials to make one myself. So this was my solution. I have several spools of hemp twine that I use now and then for random crafty stuff. I used a staple gun thinking that would be tight enough to hold the hemp to the cabinets, but it wasn't. So I tied little nooses around the staples. It won't hold anything heavy, I don't think. I might be able to use it as a make-shift delicates drying spot for when it's rainy out, but I can't dry something in the dryer. I haven't tested that theory, yet, but it's definitely strong enough to hold my baggies. It also lets them drip right into the sink, so I don't have to worry about putting a towel down under them. Pretty convenient, I think.
Now, I just have to get B to throw them in the sink instead of the trash.