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Some Thoughts About Napkins


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We use cloth napkins 99% of the time and cotton dish towels for messy meals (bbq, etc.). I believe that it is much more environmentally friendly than paper. I just throw them in with my regular laundry - I don't bother pre-treating for stains.

I have to confess, though, that I am an owner of a linen rental company. What I use at home on a regular basis, are napkins that can no longer be rented due to stains, holes, etc. Same thing for the cotton towels - those you would see in a restaurant kitchen. I used the "unrentable" ones, and when they are done, they end up in my rag bag. We are not fussy about the condition of the napkin - and it's ok if it gets ruined further by our kids.

When we have company, I pull nice stock from my warehouse. Renting napkins is a pretty inexpensive way of dressing up the party and not having to worry about the laundry.

If you live in a city with a party/linen rental company - I would suggest giving them a call and asking them about their ruined napkins and towels. We actually give ours away to friends and family - other places may charge a small fee. If you live in Boston or Seattle, pm me and I can hook you up!

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