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 I was wiping up my spilled bean & bacon soup and I started thinking about before paper towels were common. I was also thinking about when there was no plastic bags at the stores and everyth
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REMEMBER NO PAPER TOWELS?

posted at 3/2/2013 11:25 AM EST
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 I was wiping up my spilled bean & bacon soup and I started thinking about before paper towels were common. I was also thinking about when there was no plastic bags at the stores and everything was in paper bags and they so did not work to line your garbage with. You were fine until it leaked! Or you lived upstairs and on the way down the stairs to throw the trash away the paper bag decided to break and the trash was all over! And in the old days your sandwiches you took to school were wrapped in wax paper. Then there were baggies but they only had the fold over top. I love the zip baggies! Laundry soap used to be only powder and then we had liquid and now we have a little ball that you just throw in the washer. How things change!

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posted at 3/2/2013 1:16 PM EST
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oh yes the paper bags        they were very good to drain your browned h.b. on with  and cool the cookies on and use to bread chicken and other meats   and perfect to store and carry your recycled newspapers in
i still have the brown lunch bags and use them for lot's of things           even for small gifts (they can be painted on or glued to 
i also still buy the gallon baggies to line the small garbage can i put my used coffee filters in     and any leaky garbage i have or smelly meat wrappers gets wrapped in a couple of grocery bags and kept in the freezer until garbage day       helps keep the animals away
also in my fridge i keep a container for a neighbors dog  and all food leftovers go in there along w/ things like pickle juice, etc left-over broth and i add some stale bread and feed him a couple times a week
also any time we go out to eat  all plates are scraped into his doggie bag     causes some funny looks sometimes

see you could do that for the cats you feed

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posted at 3/2/2013 1:59 PM EST
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i remember useing wax paper .brown bags for my books. coating chicken in lunch bags with flour just about everything you have said miss the old days

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posted at 3/2/2013 4:07 PM EST
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oh yes the paper bags        they were very good to drain your browned h.b. on with  and cool the cookies on and use to bread chicken and other meats   and perfect to store and carry your recycled newspapers in i still have the brown lunch bags and use them for lot's of things           even for small gifts (they can be painted on or glued to  i also still buy the gallon baggies to line the small garbage can i put my used coffee filters in     and any leaky garbage i have or smelly meat wrappers gets wrapped in a couple of grocery bags and kept in the freezer until garbage day       helps keep the animals away also in my fridge i keep a container for a neighbors dog  and all food leftovers go in there along w/ things like pickle juice, etc left-over broth and i add some stale bread and feed him a couple times a week also any time we go out to eat  all plates are scraped into his doggie bag     causes some funny looks sometimes see you could do that for the cats you feed
Posted by nellie v


 Aww, Nellie you remembered that I feed the kitties!  :>)

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posted at 3/2/2013 4:20 PM EST
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 When I was in grade school we were made to wrap our school books with paper bag or things like contact paper, unpeeled, to help keep the books in good shape. Now-a-days the kids get new everything it seems. The school books I used were ancient! I still use newspaper to hold peelings like from peeling mandarins or cucumber. I still use newspaper for cleaning windows and things like stuffing in a pair of shoes that have gotten wet. I use a lot of it when I do crafting also but the way the world is changing soon there won't be any newspaper to use as people will be reading it online. I just love to read real paper and books. The library is my favorite place to go. If someone can't find me that's where I am! I'm glad that it's one thing that won't be changing in my lifetime!

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posted at 3/2/2013 5:25 PM EST
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Vicki,

I still use paper bags and contact paper to wrap my kids' school books in!  Every year when they start after summer break, they
bring home "homework" for me for about a week.  I have to wrap all of their books.  It is my least favorite thing about them going
back to school.

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posted at 3/2/2013 7:39 PM EST
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I must be the only person in the country that does not use paper towels or paper napkins.  I do not even have paper towels in the house.  I have lots and lots of small bar type towels.  I use them for everything.  Easy to wash and dry.  I have some that I use just for cleaning, when a towel gets holes in it it gets used for cleaning. I figure I have saved a bundle not buying paper towels.  I also like using them as "napkins" they don't stain and will sop up a spilled glass of milk or water better than a real napkin and faster than a paper towel.
I use the small plastic bags that I get at the store as my garbage bags, I use about 1or 2 a week.  With 2 of us I do not have a lot of garbage most of it is recycled. 

Vicki S...I read your comment about the newspaper.  I just can not read a paper on line.  I want to sit down and read the paper and work the puzzles...very difficult to get the pen marks off the computer screen :)

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posted at 3/2/2013 10:08 PM EST
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I must be the only person in the country that does not use paper towels or paper napkins.  I do not even have paper towels in the house.  I have lots and lots of small bar type towels.  I use them for everything.  Easy to wash and dry.  I have some that I use just for cleaning, when a towel gets holes in it it gets used for cleaning. I figure I have saved a bundle not buying paper towels.  I also like using them as "napkins" they don't stain and will sop up a spilled glass of milk or water better than a real napkin and faster than a paper towel. I use the small plastic bags that I get at the store as my garbage bags, I use about 1or 2 a week.  With 2 of us I do not have a lot of garbage most of it is recycled.  Vicki S...I read your comment about the newspaper.  I just can not read a paper on line.  I want to sit down and read the paper and work the puzzles...very difficult to get the pen marks off the computer screen :)
Posted by nikki p


 Nikki I just love your sense of humor! It kind of matches mine! There's been a few people that don't "get" my sense of humor but most do. You've cracked me up on several occasions!

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posted at 3/2/2013 11:44 PM EST
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I do buy paper towels but prefer to use rags for really messy cleanups since the paper towels usually just fall apart(doesn't matter which brand).  When towels or sheets wear out I cut them up into squares to use for dusting or cleanups.

Sure hope newspapers never go away completely or my husband will have nothing to do all day lol.  He spends a lot of time with that paper, reading the articles, doing the sudoko, crossword puzzles, etc.  After he's done they either get recycled or I use them when I'm repotting plants, doing crafts or starting the charcoal for the grill.

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posted at 3/3/2013 6:53 AM EST
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One of my dear friends told me this story. When she was a young girl, a friend was at her house for lunch. When she saw that my friends set the table with cloth napkins she told her mom that they must be rich. Mom's reply: "We aren't rich, we can't afford paper napkins."

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posted at 3/3/2013 8:24 AM EST
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I remember all lthose things too.

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posted at 3/3/2013 11:16 AM EST
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nikki,
you're me
but i have been forced to buy paper towels and an upright dispenser for my guest bathroom since my son started mowing
but, i used to be able to find those 100% cotton terry towels in the automotive section for 5.00/30
but no one has the cotton ones any more and the others are just not absorbent
i still have a lot that i bleach and keep using and that's what i wipe my hands and everything else with

i can't read on-line  and will probably never buy a kindle       i now read the paper while riding my stationary bike   and sit and do the puzzles  on a clipboard
and vicki,
i too love the library  but it has changed a lot-----------not many paperbacks, and i have a problem holding books

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posted at 3/3/2013 2:06 PM EST
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 When I was in grade school we were made to wrap our school books with paper bag or things like contact paper, unpeeled, to help keep the books in good shape . Now-a-days the kids get new everything it seems. The school books I used were ancient! I still use newspaper to hold peelings like from peeling mandarins or cucumber. I still use newspaper for cleaning windows and things like stuffing in a pair of shoes that have gotten wet. I use a lot of it when I do crafting also but the way the world is changing soon there won't be any newspaper to use as people will be reading it online. I just love to read real paper and books. The library is my favorite place to go. If someone can't find me that's where I am! I'm glad that it's one thing that won't be changing in my lifetime!
Posted by vicki s


We also had to cover our school books with brown paper.  My mother fried doughnuts frequently and always drained them on brown paper.
I certainly hope they don't do away with real newspapers or books.  A person can go blind tryiing to read everything on the computer.

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posted at 3/3/2013 2:47 PM EST
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Those were "The Good Old Days".....but we didn't know that!!  I do use paper towels to a small extent, and I use the newspaper (which I would hate to give up!) to wrap garbage in....clean the windshield and our glass doors & windows.  The Library is my second home.....I refuse to get a Kindle, or any other contraption like that!  I have to have that book in my hands.....the only way to read a book.  Thanks for all the things you mentioned.....it brought back good memories!  What I often wonder is.....what are the "kids" of today going to be doing in years to come.  Somehow, I think I don't even want to know!

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posted at 3/3/2013 4:30 PM EST
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very good reading loved it all

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posted at 3/3/2013 7:31 PM EST
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every time i go to the vet     i take several bags of newspaper (no slicks) they use them in the cages  he has a large animal clinic in back  and i just drive around there and someone unloads them for me

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posted at 3/3/2013 7:49 PM EST
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nikki, you're me but i have been forced to buy paper towels and an upright dispenser for my guest bathroom since my son started mowing but, i used to be able to find those 100% cotton terry towels in the automotive section for 5.00/30 but no one has the cotton ones any more and the others are just not absorbent i still have a lot that i bleach and keep using and that's what i wipe my hands and everything else with i can't read on-line  and will probably never buy a kindle       i now read the paper while riding my stationary bike   and sit and do the puzzles  on a clipboard and vicki, i too love the library  but it has changed a lot-----------not many paperbacks, and i have a problem holding books
Posted by nellie v

If you have a restaurant supply in your area look for "bar towels"  They are small, no more than about 13 inches by 18 inches.
Or you can check resale shops for washcloths.
I got lucky...I was helping a friend clear out an old family storage unit and I found bags of the bar cloths so I have a "lifetime supply".  I use them for everything. 
As for the paperback books, look in resale shops most of the time they are around half a dollar or less. 

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posted at 3/3/2013 7:58 PM EST
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I remember also.

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