This post is sponsored by Maxima
Paper towels are a must have in the kitchen for wiping up spills. For hygiene purposes, I use a paper towel to clean away things I don’t want to linger on my kitchen sponge, like raw chicken juices or messes on the floor.
I’ve been trialing the Maxima Paper Towels for a few months now, I’ve found it to be very durable and absorb well. It is tough enough for oil and grease, can be used wet and/or dry and can be utilised in all different areas of the home like the kitchen, bathroom and the carpet. Each sheet is 4ply which makes it strong, preventing it from breaking during use and absorbs spills fast. Maxima Paper Towels are available in Woolworths stores throughout Australia for RRP $3.50.
With special thanks to Maxima, I’m delighted to give one lucky reader the chance to win a years supply of Maxima Paper Towel plus a $100 Woolworths voucher. Continue reading to see how you can enter. Please note this giveaway is now closed.
To help reduce the amount of paper towel to lessen the impact it will have on our landfill use a good quality paper towel, like Maxima, so you only need to use one sheet to clean up spills. For small spills whip up the mess on one side of the paper towel, then fold it into quarters (you’re folding away the spill) to clean and dry your surface.
9+ uses for paper towel around the home
Paper towels are most commonly used for wiping up spills but did you know there are many more uses for the good old paper towel? Here are some additional uses for paper towel around the home:
I use a homemade Carpet Cleaner which works wonderfully on our new carpets and is very budget friendly! The key is not to rub the carpet this will damage the carpet pile and can spread the stain further. Blot the paper towel to absorb liquids.
I find I get drips coming out of my honey and golden syrup bottles, which can result in a sticky mess on the pantry shelf. To make cleaning easier, I put a folded sheet of paper towel under these sticky bottles to prevent any mess from getting on the kitchen bench after use and on the pantry shelf.
A simple way to prevent oil dripping down the side of the bottle is to wrap the paper towel around it (I use two sheets folded), then secure with a rubber band.
Soak up excess oil
After you have finished cooking meats in the frying pan, place them onto a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
Clean gunk around taps
The base of sink taps can get a build up of dirt and gunk. If cleaned regularly you can wipe away the dirt with a paper towel and all purpose cleaner. But if not cleaned often it may be a little harder to remove. Dip a paper towel into a solution of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water and wrap the towel around the base of the tap and sit to soak for 30 minutes then wipe away. If the stain persists, try using gumption and elbow grease.
Absorb meat liquids
Often when a recipe says to brown the meat a common mistake (and I do it myself often when I am rushing) is overcrowding the pan or putting the meat into a cold pan. This then causes the meat to water out and lose its juices, so rather than browning your meat you’re now stewing it. Avoid this by simply heating your pan until it is hot before adding your meat and browning larger portions in batches. However, if you do have a pan full of juices, place some paper towel into the pan (using tongs, so you don’t burn your fingers) to absorb the excess liquid.
Keep lettuce fresher longer
Lettuce doesn’t last quite as long as you would like. I usually like to eat it within a few days of purchasing. However, you can extend its freshness and prevent it from browning for a few more days by wrapping unwashed leaves in a paper towel. This will absorb excess moisture and prevent the lettuce from spoiling quickly.
Lay slices of bacon on a plate lined with a paper towel, cover with another sheet of paper towel. Cook in the microwave oven on high for 3 – 4 minutes, however, check on it at each minute to ensure it doesn’t overcook. The paper towel soaks up the liquids and your microwave is free from grease splatters.
Line the fridge fruit drawer
To make your crisper easier to keep clean, place a paper towel in your fruit drawer to capture the mess (pictured below). The towel will also absorb moisture from fruits and vegetables which will help keep them fresher for a little longer.
Catch the water off washed fruit
When I’m in a rush and don’t have time to dry off the fruit after washing, I put a paper towel at the bottom of the container to catch the water dripping off, rather than the fruit laying in it and spoiling quicker. Remove the paper towel the next day.
Win a year’s supply of Maxima Paper Towel
+ a $100 Woolworths Voucher
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lynne. Her clever use for paper towel:
I keep a minimum of four paper towels laced with a few drops of my essential oils in the base of my wooden rubbish bin to keep it clean and smelling less potent. Eucalyptus oil works well too. Top layer of paper towel collects any spills if any, as I like to use two bags when lining the bin. As a reminder to myself, I usually change and refresh my paper towels on bin collection day,
One lucky winner will win a year’s supply of Maxima Paper Towel + a $100 Woolworths Voucher
How to enter:
Tell me in the comments below “What is your best cleaning tip?”
GIVEAWAY TERMS AND CONDITIONS – This giveaway run in accordance with my disclosure policy, please read the terms and conditions below:
1. Entries must be made on The Organised Housewife blog, comments on social media are invalid. 2. Entries close 11.59pm AEST Monday 10th October 2016. 3. One entry per household and open to Australian residents only. 4. This giveaway is a game of skill. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 5. Total prize pool is valued at $205.00. 1 winner will receive 30 x packs of Maxima Paper Towel plus a $100 voucher. 6. Winner will be contacted by email, please ensure you leave your email address. 7. If I have not received a reply from the winner within 7 days the prize will be forfeited and awarded to the entry judged to be the next best. 8. The Organised Housewife will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winners.
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