9+ uses for paper towel around the home

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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.

Paper towels are most commonly used for wiping up spills but did you know there are many more uses for the good ole paper towel? Here are some additional uses for paper towel around the home.

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:

Cleaning Carpet

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.

Paper towels are most commonly used for wiping up spills but did you know there are many more uses for the good ole paper towel? Here are some additional uses for paper towel around the home.

Sticky drops

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.

Paper towels are most commonly used for wiping up spills but did you know there are many more uses for the good ole paper towel? Here are some additional uses for paper towel around the home.

Oil drips

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.

Paper towels are most commonly used for wiping up spills but did you know there are many more uses for the good ole paper towel? Here are some additional uses for paper towel around the home.

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.

Paper towels are most commonly used for wiping up spills but did you know there are many more uses for the good ole paper towel? Here are some additional uses for paper towel around the home.

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.

Paper towels are most commonly used for wiping up spills but did you know there are many more uses for the good ole paper towel? Here are some additional uses for paper towel around the home.

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.

Paper towels are most commonly used for wiping up spills but did you know there are many more uses for the good ole paper towel? Here are some additional uses for paper towel around the home.

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.

Paper towels are most commonly used for wiping up spills but did you know there are many more uses for the good ole paper towel? Here are some additional uses for paper towel around the home.

Microwave bacon

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.

Paper towels are most commonly used for wiping up spills but did you know there are many more uses for the good ole paper towel? Here are some additional uses for paper towel around the home.

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.

Paper towels are most commonly used for wiping up spills but did you know there are many more uses for the good ole paper towel? Here are some additional uses for paper towel around the home.

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.

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giveaway

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

Paper towels are most commonly used for wiping up spills but did you know there are many more uses for the good ole paper towel? Here are some additional uses for paper towel around the home.

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.

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group

Paper towels are most commonly used for wiping up spills but did you know there are many more uses for the good ole paper towel? Here are some additional uses for paper towel around the home.

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228 comments

Carly wild September 27, 2016 - 6:21 AM

My best cleaning tip with using paper towel. I use them to line the bottom of the potato and onion trays in the cupboard. I also have 2 young children, they come in very handy with spills.

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Caroline September 30, 2016 - 10:43 AM

I use the paper towels with a combination of vinegar and water to clean the windows and mirrors..especially from sticky fingers and doggie noses

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Jasmine Clark October 2, 2016 - 2:57 PM

My best cleaning tips are: soaking your stove grates in ammonia by placing grates in a plastic bag of any kind (usually a garbage bag or individually in storage bags) and pouring about a cup of ammonia into the bag ( less if in storage bag) then seal it up or just close it tightly. I like to leave mine over night but I think 3-4 hours might do the trick too. It makes the cleaning of them so much easier. Also keeping disinfectant wipes in each bathroom for easy cleanup especially for surprise guests and messes created by 3 toddlers at any given moment. And last one…. I like to use oven cleaner on the top of the stove too for heavy stuck on messes. I only do this at the end of the night before going to bed so that I nor my family inhale the fumes directly.

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Bonita Cooper September 27, 2016 - 6:42 AM

One of my uses for my paper towel is for keeping my pumpkin a bit longer. Once cut, I sprinkle with pepper and wrap in paper towel and place in crisper. Next when I am next having pumpkin, I either leave pepper on when cooking or wash it off.

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Alicia September 27, 2016 - 6:48 AM

On the first of every month (so I remember and don’t lose track of time!) I clean the dishwasher (cup of vinegar in the top wire drawer), washing machine (hot wash with vinegar inside), sinks (bicarbonate soda, salt and vinegar down each drain followed by boiling water an hour later then spray the sink with vinegar then wipe out with a damp paper towel), and replace my toothbrush.

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Debbie Howarth September 27, 2016 - 6:53 AM

I use paper towel to wash up the pets yucky plates after soaking.

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Barbara Winkler September 27, 2016 - 7:00 AM

I always place two sheets of paper towel flat on the turn table plate or bottom of the microwave, saves so much time in cleaning up spills

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Brittany September 27, 2016 - 7:06 AM

I love to use paper towels to dry dishes off and use the dampened towel to quickly wipe counters of excess “mess”. Wheatever that may be.

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Julie Kirby September 27, 2016 - 7:07 AM

My best cleaning tip,is using an old pillowcase to clean ceiling fans so dust doesn’t go all over the place.
Then use a cleaning wipe to remove the sticky dust left behind.

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Kellie September 27, 2016 - 7:10 AM

Lay paper towel in the bathroom cupboards. It absorbs the wet toothbrushes and toothpaste. Every week just replace it and wipe around edges. Its also good on make up shelves.

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Kellie September 27, 2016 - 7:13 AM

Put it in the bathroom cupboards to absorb toothpaste and moisture from toothbrushes. Once a week just remove it and wipe.Also on shelves where makeup is stored. Its amazing how much makeup comes off containers

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Juanita Pereira September 27, 2016 - 7:36 AM

We use paper towel to wipe cutlery and dishes before we use the dishwasher. This way we dont waste water and greasy stains are removed before going into the dishwasher!

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HS September 27, 2016 - 7:40 AM

Making memories with your kids and someone asks to pop by?? Spot cleaning toolkit to the rescue: large basket, paper towels, plastic bag for garbage and your preferred cleaner. Pick up all items that don’t belong in the living room/kitchen or wherever your guests will be seated, place in basket, rubbish in bag. Spray and wipe surfaces and deal with the items in the basket. Pop the kettle on, a bit of lipstick and you are ready!

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Micheala Donohoe September 27, 2016 - 7:50 AM

I line the bottom of my genral waste bin and recycling bin with paper towel, and it’s easy to clean up any spills in the bottom of the bin, before it’s taken out.

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Sherelle Lock September 27, 2016 - 8:26 AM

Because we are on a septic system and oils shouldn’t be washed down the sink any oil that’s left on the frypan is soaked up by paper towel and thrown into the bin before rinsing!

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Danielle Radley September 27, 2016 - 8:26 AM

My best cleaning tip with paper towels currently is for new puppy accidents. Works a treat and keeps us all stress free in this very cute and tiring puppy stage!!

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Paula September 27, 2016 - 8:27 AM

My tip is ‘little, and often’. By just doing bits each day you never get overwhelmed by your cleaning tasks.

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Barbara Bradbury September 27, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Remember your Nanna using vinegar and newspaper to clean windows? Well I do the same but with paper towels. Great for mirrors and shower glass. You can even dip for wine glasses in half water/ half vinegar solution and get a superior shine with a paper towel.

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Angie September 27, 2016 - 8:34 AM

If I am not airdrying my dishes, after I wash older baking tins, roasting tins or frying pans that are likely to stain my tea towels, I dry these wet dishes with paper towel instead.

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Aileen Robinson September 27, 2016 - 8:39 AM

When defrosting, almost daily for me, I take the food out of the plastic bags and sit it on YOUR PAPER TOWELS. So that when I cook, it does not have lots of water to spoil the flavour.

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Pauline Montgomery September 27, 2016 - 8:49 AM

My husband likes to cook fish and chips. I use the paper towel to absorb the excess oil AND clean off the kitchen walls once he is done!!!

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Voula Weir September 27, 2016 - 9:13 AM

I use paper towels and vinegar miracle cleaner to wipe up the glass stove top and surrounding areas after greasy splatters

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Astrid September 27, 2016 - 9:22 AM

Clean as you go! Makes it much easier.

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Trudie September 27, 2016 - 9:25 AM

Get the kids to scrub their plates & cutlery then place in dishwasher straight away after every usage! I never get dirty dishes sitting idly in & around the kitchen sink, & my kitchen always looks tidy ?

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Catherine September 27, 2016 - 9:54 AM

My best cleaning tip is when you have washed your drink bottles or water bottle that has a narrow neck, roll up a sheet of paper towel diagonally and insert into the bottle. The paper towel helps to dry the bottle quickly so no manky smelly drink bottles!

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Nicole Ong September 27, 2016 - 10:24 AM

My cleaning tip is to use a 50:50 vinegar water spray and paper towel. I use this ‘system’ to clean nearly every surface in my home. Good for kitchen counters, around taps, bathroom, table tops, even spot clean the floor tiles when I haven’t time for a proper mop.

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Allana Arnall September 27, 2016 - 10:24 AM

I use paper towel to wipe out the inside of my Airfryer. Saves on washing up every time it is used.

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Penny Marrett September 27, 2016 - 10:26 AM

I find the best way to get a streak free finish on mirrors is to wash with a vinegar/water solution using a microfiber cloth and then dry off with a bit of paper towel as it removes any streaks from & leaves the surface crystal clear!

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Susan Banyard September 27, 2016 - 10:26 AM

To get rid of Permenent marker, pen or texta of hard surfaces spray some WD40 on the stain then rub it with paper towel. I had to do this lots when the kids were little.

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Bauntai Farquharson September 27, 2016 - 11:01 AM

Best cleaning tip. Teach my children to use the paper towels, show them where it is and how to clean, whether its to clean up their own spills, or using vinegar to clean the mirrors in the bathroom as a lot of toothpaste and talking happens in there. They are confident and go straight for the paper towels. Love self sufficiency.

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Amanda Basham September 27, 2016 - 11:20 AM

Nothing cleans my mirrors or glass splashback better than paper towel and a spray of part white vinegar and part water. No hard work really required as it cleans off toothpaste, watermarks and grease the first time I wipe it. Perfect!

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Mary Preston September 27, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Half a cup of white vinegar in the final rinse in the washing machine does marvels. It helps to disinfect and deodorise clothes, cleans out the machine and pipes, and acts as a fabric softener too. Add a splash of vinegar to a paper towel to wipe down the outside of the washing machine as well.

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Ponnapat September 27, 2016 - 11:47 AM

As growing up, my little one refuses to use bibs, pepper towels become my life sever. As they are durable (from little hands) and absorb much better than regular napkins.

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Alesha Green October 1, 2016 - 6:25 AM

If you need a drink cooled in a hurry, wet paper towel, wrap it around the drink and pop it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
Best tip ever!

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Carmen Park September 27, 2016 - 11:48 AM

Safely, use paper towel to wipe the oil out of a hot frying pan as soon as you finish cooking to make it easier to clean after dinner.

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Jonica September 27, 2016 - 12:13 PM

I use my paper towel to mop up the excess oil after cooking roast so it doesn’t clog the drain

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Natalie September 27, 2016 - 12:26 PM

for stainless steel appliances – clean with a damp cloth and then bring up the stainless steel with some paper towel and baby oil.
This gives it a nice shine and makes it finger print resistant.

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Trish September 27, 2016 - 12:31 PM

I always keep a roll of paper towels in the bathroom – I use instead of face washers, that get smelly & slimy. One sheet lasts me all day: I wash my face first up in the morning after a good rinse out I leave to dry & use on those little hands that come to visit often, always rinsing out (like a washer) and before bed I wash make-up off, rinse, wipe down all counter tops and then wipe over the toilet using my home made cleaners & in the bin it goes!

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Meagan Marshall September 27, 2016 - 12:33 PM

Paper towels are used on everything here, if they don’t run out from kids over using them. Great for under girls make up bottles, spills from kids, cleaning floor, applying stainless steel cleaner to everything in kitchen and under food. I must admit that I sometimes buy cheaper versions as kids use to much. Teaching them not too.

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Kimberley September 27, 2016 - 12:43 PM

For cleaning all the remote controls in the house use cotton buds dipped in eucalyptus oil to wipe around the little buttons to remove dirt and grime then use a piece of paper towel for a final wipe over. Just a little hint take the batteries out first !!

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Cassandra Wilson September 27, 2016 - 1:04 PM

Using a cleaning scheduler app. Really helpful to make sure things don’t overlook anything and I find crossing an item off the list rewarding 🙂

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Jeannine Barrett September 27, 2016 - 1:26 PM

For those cooking oil smudges on kitchen cupboards, I pour eucalyptus oil on a paper towel and wipe over, cleans the oil off like magic.

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Brodie September 27, 2016 - 1:32 PM

Best tip:- I spray window cleaner onto paper towel to clean all mirrors, windows & stainless steel sinks. Comes up a treat!!

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Susan Beauchamp September 27, 2016 - 1:34 PM

My best cleaning tip with paper towel is to give our main bathroom sink and mirror a quick wipe to freshen up if I’m expecting guests over and don’t have time for a full clean.

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Anastasia Xynos September 27, 2016 - 2:58 PM

make the kids eat over the sink!

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Kathleen Caterson September 27, 2016 - 3:16 PM

I wipe my toilets over with paper towel & a mix of vinegar, water & tea tree oil solution. That way all germs go straight into the bin.

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Heather Lees September 27, 2016 - 3:30 PM

My best cleaning tip is cleaning the oven trays in napisan so effective and has saved me so much time instead of wasting it cleaning the oven.

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Jacqueline Sanders September 27, 2016 - 3:38 PM

I use a warm wet paper towel to clean around my dogs feet, front and back end when needed. Messy goes straight into the bin.

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Fiona September 27, 2016 - 3:41 PM

I use a damp paper towel with some dish soap and a chopstick to wash up hard to reach areas in my kid’s water bottle or any container with small bottle openings where normal sponge or brush cannot go through. Just give it a good rinse and it’s clean like new. I also do this for those pretty reed diffuser containers so I just need to buy the refill diffuser oil and reuse the container.

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kathryn wilson September 27, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Best thing to get rid of any sticky markers.
Eucalyptus oil on a papertowel and let it soak in to the stickness then rub off. Best thing on rego sticker residue.
Also paper towel and eucalyptus on the floor of the shower when ur unwell cheap and easy vaporiser extra good when ur on holidays and dont have a healthy kit..

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Angela M September 27, 2016 - 3:48 PM

Paper towel is great to put inside wet shoes to dry them out!!

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Glenis O'Keefe September 27, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Don’t be a butterfly, sting like a bee! Complete each room as you go and shame yourself into completing your task using quality materials to make the job easier.

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Jessica Hutchinson September 27, 2016 - 4:16 PM

As well as keeping a roll in the kitchen, I also keep a roll of paper towel in the car for messes on the go. It’s great if we grab something to eat, spill the morning coffee on the way to work, or for grease spills.

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Di September 27, 2016 - 4:52 PM

When cooking, clean as you go. This way, not only isn’t there a mountain of dishes to be done at the end, but you’d be surprised at home many things can be re-used as you go along, meaning you don’t have to get out all the bowls, pots, pans and utensils.

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Caroline September 27, 2016 - 5:29 PM

We use paper towel for nearly every cleaning task, it’s just so much easier and probably more hygienic than using cloths. Have picked up some ideas I’d never thought of after reading this! 😀

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DIANA September 27, 2016 - 6:44 PM

One thing each day, eg dust on a Monday, Bathrooms on a Tuesday, Vac on a Wednesday etc etc etc, whatever combination of days/chores works best for you. Breaks things up for me, not feeling like such a never ending burden.

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Rene'e Hermansen September 27, 2016 - 7:27 PM

My best cleaning tip is to get my partner to do it as he does a better job and loves it.

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Ern September 27, 2016 - 7:57 PM

You don’t need expensive cleaning products, with proper application you’d be amazed at how well simple things like vinegar, bi-carb + eucalyptus oil, to name a few, can clean! Saves heaps of money too, and removes the frustration of cleaning products that over promise and always under deliver.

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Rebecca September 27, 2016 - 9:19 PM

A tidy desk is a tidy mind. Start the week with a quick wipe down of your office space to help increase your working productivity!

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sonya September 27, 2016 - 10:07 PM

I like using vinegar and bi-carb soda together to clean as it does a great job and my kids love the smell of vinegar!

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Ariane September 28, 2016 - 12:18 AM

Those Chux magic Erasers are terrific for getting stains off walls, bench tops and cleaning the bath. They can remove marks no other cleaning cloth or product can remove.

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Rebeccs Spokes September 28, 2016 - 6:53 AM

Using paper towel for cleaning is an everyday therapy recommendation in my clinic for kids. One of the most loved activities is using window crayons. Kids can practice their drawing and writing on a vertical surface to strenghten their core and shoulder muscles. We then also make the clean the window afterwards – spray bottles of vinegar and water is great for strengthening hand muscles, large circular motions with paper towels cleans it all way and does wonders for the shoulder muscles. Incorporating therapy tasks c and cleaning in one – the kids love it!

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Em September 28, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Hi
having 2 small children at home and also working I find the best thing is to give yourself a head start for the next day. It’s as simple as giving the bathroom a quick spray and wipe with paper towel. Or the bench a spray and wipe. Than when the busy mornings roll around you are a step ahead.

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Penny George September 28, 2016 - 5:41 PM

I make a kids treasure hunt! I place little treats around the house folded up in a paper towel. Whenever they find one, they must use the paper towel to clean the area it was found in and then can eat/use the treat.

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Rebecca Cheers September 29, 2016 - 8:44 AM

One of my least favorite jobs is cleaning out the food scraps from the sink at the end of the day. It’s just gross and if I use the kitchen cloth then it gets gross too. I’ve found the best way is with paper towel but sometimes I need quite a few sheets so they don’t tear. It sounds like Maxima might be a good option with its thickness and strength. Will have to give it a go! It’s also great to put some vinegar on and wipe the sink clean at the end of the day too!

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sarahMary September 29, 2016 - 1:05 PM

Using home made natural cleaners not only help save me money, but make my home healthier for my family and for my pets! It’s great to teach the kids about staying clean from a young age, and it’s safe to get them to help with natural only products

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lynne adams September 29, 2016 - 5:49 PM

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,

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Karina L September 29, 2016 - 9:34 PM

Put floor wipes on your feet and go! good exercise and cleans the floor too!

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Hana Simes September 30, 2016 - 7:01 AM

If I am air drying my dishes, I place a few sheets of paper towel under my glasses. It absorbs any moisture and ensures they are crystal clear with no drip marks!

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Jo Hope September 30, 2016 - 7:42 AM

I splash some white vinegar on my paper towel and then wipe over the inside of my mixer and the whisk attachment before making meringues or pavlova. It removes any leftover oil or grease and helps my whites whisk up super fluffy.

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Lianne September 30, 2016 - 8:41 AM

I use a damp paper towel to wipe the dog when she comes inside

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Melanie Mullen September 30, 2016 - 8:41 AM

Throw some paper towel on the kids water spill
Use you feet to push the towel, don’t stand still
Water spill gone, floor mopped, it takes no skill!
Now I’ve time to smell those daffodils!

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Sue Hamilton September 30, 2016 - 9:54 AM

I use maXima paper towel to wrap around the kids icy poles to stop their little hands freezing.
Also to hold an ice cream stick to stop the melted icecream running down their arms
When they have finished the paper towel can wipe up any messy drips

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Lianne Collett September 30, 2016 - 10:14 AM

I use paper towels for so many things in our house, from soaking up spills to cleaning glass and mirrors ( after spraying with some vinegar).

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Jennifer Jervis September 30, 2016 - 10:19 AM

As a busy working mum, I put a load of washing on before I go to work and set it to start in 8 hours, then it’s done by the time I get home and hasn’t been sitting there all day. Saves doing a million loads over the weekend.

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Tracy Papenfus September 30, 2016 - 10:21 AM

I cleaned my drains for the first time yesterday. Bicarb & vinegar. It worked a treat and made the plug holes so shiny!

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Tara September 30, 2016 - 10:25 AM

My best cleaning tip would be to not have children? lol Kidding. My best tip is to have paper towels handy all the time. They are useful for so much in our home, from mopping up cooking oil, to mess on the floor to drying the bench after wiping it down. They also come in handy as tissues when we’ve run out. haha

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Karin Allan September 30, 2016 - 10:26 AM

When a family member is ill in bed paper towel is very useful to wipe up spills, use as a napkin whilst eating, a dampened one is good to wipe a sweaty brow! So many useful uses just in one example situation!

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Melanie September 30, 2016 - 10:31 AM

I roll up one sheet of papertowel lengthways, spray the middle with white vinegar, and clean the mucky area behind and around the base of bathroom and kitchen taps. Works a treat!

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Natasha September 30, 2016 - 10:37 AM

After I mop the floors, I wipe them dry with an old towel and use my feet to kind of skate/shuffle around on the towel- Clean,dry floor and mini workout combined !!

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Erin September 30, 2016 - 10:40 AM

My kids love making memories on my walls with crayon! I love using toothpaste then scrubbing with a paper towel and wiping off to create a blank canvas for them again!

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Hazel Hessen September 30, 2016 - 10:45 AM

After using the shower, use a paper towel to wipe down the screen. Stops water stains on the glass

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Jen September 30, 2016 - 10:47 AM

I love using paper towels to clean toothpaste spit off mirrors and with 2 little boys who just love making a mess, these would be perfect!

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Natasha Horsham September 30, 2016 - 10:48 AM

My best tip would be if you have kids make them help clean as early as you can. I know easier said then done. With 3 teenagers in the house I really wish I started this when they where young I’m sure it’s tougher.
Get everyone in the house to clean and put things back as you/they finish

When it comes to paper towel uses I would be lost without them cleaning up the cat mesy. One often throws up biscuits so I put a plastic bag on my hand (ones that you put your fruit & veg in at shop) then grab some paper towel pick up vomit and then pull plastic bag off hand thus the paper towel is already wrapped ready for the bin and I don’t get any on my hand. Then I’m still not sure which cat sits in kitty litter with bum hanging over and gets edge and floor but ? plenty of paper towel and water let it sock while clean rest of laundry and then the plastic bag over hand and usually comes straight off

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Shannon September 30, 2016 - 10:48 AM

We use paper towel to help wash and dry our chopping boards that have had raw meat. A quick and easy way to avoid cross contamination!

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Jodie Moss September 30, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Make your own wet wipes to clean with, use old container ( I have baby wipes packet) add distilled water, lemon, peppermint essential oils, (drop of vinegar if ypusing on kitchen and grease) and vitamin E to stop it going mouldy. soak individual wraps then squeeze out and place into container. Perfect for quick wipe overs

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Rose September 30, 2016 - 10:53 AM

After prepping my lettuce for the week (cutting, washing and draining) I put the lettuce in a zip lock bag with a piece of paper towel. This prevents any excess moisture making the lettuce soggy and keeps it fresher for longer.

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Karen September 30, 2016 - 10:53 AM

As an EA in kindy, I use paper towel all the time! My best tip is to use a bit of hand sanitizer on paper towel to remove texta scribbles off tabletops… It works a treat 🙂

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Jennifer Holmes September 30, 2016 - 10:56 AM

I had to think hard on this one. I really couldn’t come up with something straight away but we obviously use paper towel ALOT as I seem to be always buying it. I finally came up with cleaning greasy fingers at the table when we’ve run out of napkins and also great for cleaning up spills on the floor.

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Lucy Dicken September 30, 2016 - 10:57 AM

The whole family use paper towels often;
HUBBY uses them in the garage for oil & water drips and to clean the windows and mirrors on the car.
I use them in the kitchen to wipe sticky peanut butter from knives before putting them in the dishwasher, cleaning windows & the area where the dog eats.
THE KIDS use them in the kitchen when baking to weigh out butter, this way they don’t have to clean the scales!
Viva are great as they are nice and thick. One piece usually does the job. 🙂

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Maddie September 30, 2016 - 11:04 AM

I use paper towel to make homemade baby wipes for my toddler. I’ve been doing this since May, and they clean better and have no nasty chemical additives. Simply cut a roll in half, boil the kettle and add water to coconut oil and a couple of pumps of baby wash. Mix and pour over each half of the roll. Pull out the cardboard centre and voila! Home made wipes !!

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Michelle September 30, 2016 - 11:05 AM

I use wet paper towel to wipe the fry pans of excess food and oil before I wash them.

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Kerry Squires September 30, 2016 - 11:14 AM

In a ‘ no cold white wine ‘ emergency, wrap a wet paper towel around your bottle and secure with a rubber band and place it in the freezer for a while and it will chill much quicker ?

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Ros September 30, 2016 - 11:36 AM

My favourite way of using paper towel is to clean windows and mirrors with them. Streak free finish! They’re also great for making chrome work sparkle, along with many other uses. I’d be lost without my paper towels. I always have plenty on hand. Even keep some in the car!

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Ros September 30, 2016 - 11:40 AM

My favourite way of using paper towels is to clean windows and mirrors with them. Streak free finish! They also make chrome work sparkle along with many other uses. I’d be lost without paper towels. I always have plenty on hand and even keep some in the car!

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Fiona black September 30, 2016 - 11:42 AM

I use my strong paper towels with gumption to remove texta, pen & pencil marks from my walls, floors & furniture after little monsters lurk around & draw on stuff. It’s a Maxima result.

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Mick G September 30, 2016 - 11:45 AM

To stop bathroom mirrors steaming up, rub a dry bar of soap over the surface and rub in with a paper towel

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Sarah September 30, 2016 - 11:47 AM

Get the gunk and built up grime out of window tracks, shower or sliding door tracks. Wet a paper towel or cloth with cleaning solution and use a screw driver to get in the grooves and corners.

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Marjorie Pressler September 30, 2016 - 11:51 AM

I seem to use paper towels for nearly everything, but one of the best is to wipe out your non stick frypan or wok after use. Do not need to use detergent etc. comes up perfectly. Then if it is an electric frypan place a couple of paper towels in the pan with the cord on top

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Marjorie Pressler September 30, 2016 - 11:53 AM

I already have!

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Linda Van U September 30, 2016 - 11:53 AM

I use the paper towels to clean my eyeglasses. They don’t drag the liquid around like tissues and give me a great finish. Sadly when my glasses are clean I see all the bits I missed in cleaning the house.

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Noelene September 30, 2016 - 12:03 PM

my favorite way to use paper towel in our family is cleaning our bbq using vinegar and paper towel works a treat each time. Plus for wiping down my family daycare table during the day to keep it fresh and hygienic for us to eat and play.

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Noelene Webster September 30, 2016 - 12:04 PM

my favorite way to use paper towel in our family is cleaning our bbq using vinegar and paper towel works a treat each time. Plus for wiping down my family daycare table during the day to keep it fresh and hygienic for us to eat and play.

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AmandA September 30, 2016 - 12:32 PM

Best cleaning tip …. Having a schedule on a magnetic whiteboard on the side of my fridge! So even my hubby knows what needs doing if I’m working late or out ?.

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Catherine Thackeray September 30, 2016 - 1:27 PM

I use paper towel to keep zucchinis and Lebanese cucumbers longer. By wrapping them in paper towel and storing in the fridge they stay dry and crisp much longer. Also I line my hubbies lunch esky with paper towel which makes keeping it clean and fresh much easier.

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Emma September 30, 2016 - 1:32 PM

I use paper towel to make exploding bags for home science and tie dyed works of art using food colouring. Keeps little one entertained, low cost and teaches them about science

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Kate September 30, 2016 - 1:41 PM

I love using paper towel and a little spray and wipe for cleaning my stove top! 🙂

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Tammy September 30, 2016 - 1:44 PM

I buy my sandwich meat in bulk, so when bring it home I put it into small amounts and freeze it, then when I take it out of the freezer I put it into a container lined with paper towel to absorb moisture as it defrosts. I also wipe the moisture from the inside of my Tupperware vegetable mates to improve the shelf life of my veggies.

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Jessica Williams September 30, 2016 - 1:47 PM

I place paper towel underneath the chopping board (so it extends out from the edges of the board) when I’m cutting raw or cooked meat eg roast chicken. It soaks up all the blood or juices that usually end up running off the board and onto the bench.

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Tracey September 30, 2016 - 2:45 PM

5-10 minutes every day as a clutter buster and routine is my tip. I work 5 jobs, one full time. I actually clean for three other people. If you always tidy up for 5-10 minute a day no matter how tired you are you don’t accumulate clutter, your house is always tidy when people drop by making it easier to quickly wipe up and it’s easier to get your weekly clean done as you don’t first have to put everything away. I can come home and clean straight away, within 1-1.5 hours I’m done! I have a morning and afternoon tidying routine of about 5 minutes each.

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jessie atkins September 30, 2016 - 2:58 PM

Having an active young one at home there are always calls for many bandaids whether required or not. We make our own wet packs to clean up little injuries on the body. By folding the paper towel in half a couple of times, wetting it with water – it turns into an ice pack without the ice. Great for scratches, grazes, blisters and bumps. And brilliant for all the aches that you dont see, headaches, growing pains and overheated body. Because its so aborbant, it holds moisture really well and moulds to the body part. Happy child, happy mum. Dont know what I would do without it.

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[email protected] September 30, 2016 - 3:01 PM

I use paper towels to keep my mushrooms fresh. I wrap a few sheets of paper towel around my punnet of mushrooms to make them last longer.

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Storm fewson September 30, 2016 - 3:05 PM

For my bridal shower someone bought me a sandwich press and a roll of baking paper with a note to line the sandwich press with baking paper to toast sandwiches! It has been such a saving! It saves having to scrub the sandwich press of sticky cheese, which also saves your dish scourer of caked cheese and also the non stick surface seems to last a lot longer because your not having to scrape the toastie off the hot plate or scrub it clean. I’ve even wrapped the sandwiches to take away in baking paper, popped them all to toast in the sandwich press 5-10 minutes and we are all out the door no dishes! Anyone with a tip to save my dish scourer from caked lasagne/quiche cheese though, yet to come up with a solution for that one ?

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Jammie H September 30, 2016 - 3:49 PM

This is not a “cleaning tip” but a tip nontheless. I used paper towel as ice packs when I was breastfeeding & had sore breasts. I’d wet a few sheets & lay them over a bowl the same size as my breasts & then freeze. Then I could place them in my bra for a bit of relief.

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Shannon Wotton September 30, 2016 - 4:13 PM

I recently discovered that the easiest way to clean your barbeque is to pour a can of coke over it, leave it for ten minutes and then wipe off with paper towel. My husband can even do this himself!

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Leanne Barker-Franks September 30, 2016 - 4:33 PM

My best tip would be to use paper towel to line the fruit and veg drawers in the fridge. So good if anything goes mushy then the towel is there to help soak up the liquid and is easy to pick up everything and put straight into he bin.

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Natasha Hall September 30, 2016 - 5:02 PM

I use paper towels to line the bottom of my fruit & veg drawer in the fridge. I find it keeps the fresh produce fresh for longer and it is easy to whip it out and replace with clean paper towel after the grocery shop each week 🙂

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Chelsea September 30, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Best cleaning tip… To leave a room smelling fresh after you have vacuumed, place a few drops of your favourite essential oil (such as lavender or peppermint) near the vent where the hot air is released. The air warms the oil and blows it into the room.

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Danielle Ward September 30, 2016 - 5:35 PM

At work I use paper towel to dry up rather than use the scary, dirty tea towels that have been there way too long.?

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Sandra September 30, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Having paper towel handy for the kids to reach. So they can clean up after themselves and any spills. Also it’s handy when I need some paper towel amd I have my hands full as they can get it for me. It’s handy to wipe down bench after cutting up oranges rather than using the dish cloth.

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Colleen September 30, 2016 - 6:24 PM

My best cleaning tip is using paper towel to clean up our puppy messes, she is too little to put outside as yet

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Debbie September 30, 2016 - 9:10 PM

We are expecting a new pup in January so would use to paper towel to clean up puppy accidents as well as to line the base of our tame budgies cage. Paper towel is also great to clean up my kids painting, craft and glue spills. It’s a multi-use gem really 🙂

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Debbie September 30, 2016 - 9:11 PM

We are expecting a new pup in January so would use to paper towel to clean up puppy accidents as well as to line the base of our tame budgies cage. Paper towel is also great to clean up my kids painting, craft and glue spills. It’s a multi-use gem really

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Caroline September 30, 2016 - 10:04 PM

Paper towel is perfect on my shelves in fridge soaks up Any spills and i just replace once something spills. Makes my fridge look neater.

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Nell September 30, 2016 - 10:14 PM

I put a some lavender oil onto a folded up piece of paper towel and put it inside a new vacuum bag to keep it smelling fresh

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Celeste Lobosco September 30, 2016 - 10:40 PM

How handy are paper towels!! At the moment we are using quite a few pack’s of paper towels as i make my own baby wipes and also anti bacteria wipes. If I win these will come in handy to help keep my little ones in a chemical free home. Fingers and toes crossed.

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Rebecca September 30, 2016 - 11:40 PM

Recently my son was doing his homework on my custom made wooden coffee table using permanent maker pens. He accidentally left permant marker pen marks on the table. My best cleaning tip to remove said pen marks is to dip cotton buds into cleaning alcohol and rub over the pen marks and use the paper towels to absorb the alcohol so that the timber polish is not affected. Worked a treat and the table is as good as new! (And no more permanent marker pen homework activity on the coffee table going forward!)

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Brooke Allen September 30, 2016 - 11:45 PM

My best cleaning tip is passed down from my grandad. It is diluting 1cup brown vinegar in 2cups of water putting in to a spray bottle to clean windows and mirrors. To ensure a streak free finish use scrunched up newspaper to clean and dry the windows/mirrors. Works a treat 🙂

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grace October 1, 2016 - 12:50 AM

I made my own lemon oil (lemon peel + vinegar) and use that with water and a little dish soap to clean everything! The lemon smell helps get rid of those yucky smells, especially in the bathroom 🙂 Thank you for the chance.

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Kylie October 1, 2016 - 1:17 AM

oh we go through quite a few paper towels cleaning down surfaces each and every day. with three little kids (and a hound!) there seems to be a lot of marks at knee level EVERYWHERE. my best cleaning tip? one is our oldest son must clean the boys toilet every day ELSE he doesn’t get any dessert. he LOVES dessert. this seems to work well! WHOOP! another tip, clean surfaces at the end of the day. it makes it so much easier in the morning. less visual clutter really helps with mental clutter. Your blog is GREAT xx

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Macarena Batichon October 1, 2016 - 1:37 AM

My best cleaning tip is use vinager and baking soda in every place that you have dust, oil or anything that is really hard to clean. I used in the corner of the shower that sometimes turn dark and in the oven! After that, you remove them with paper towel and … everything looks like brand new! 🙂

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Sarah October 1, 2016 - 6:20 AM

I’ve actually started using vinegar every so often in place of fabric softener in the washing machine. Not only does it remove odours from both the machine and the clothes (good in particular for towels and also workout/sporting clothes), but t can also remove the build up of fabric softeners, especially in towels, leaving them amazingly clean!

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Jo October 1, 2016 - 6:32 AM

Most house holds have pets these days. For us it’s 3 small dogs. Set aside time once a week to wash all dog bedding, dog coats, toys etc give the beds & kennels a once over with F10 & the water/ food bowls a wash & scrub with warm soapy water.
We like a organised clean house, but so do our pets.

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Bridget October 1, 2016 - 7:25 AM

I use for toilet training accidents on the carpet!

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Katy October 1, 2016 - 7:32 AM

My tip is to use a spray bottle filled with half warm water, half vinegar, along with a few drops of washing up liquid for cleaning mirrors and Windows. Along with a good quality paper towel like this, they will be sparkling in no time!

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Kelly October 1, 2016 - 7:40 AM

My best cleaning tip is…don’t allow the husband to cook! Reduces dish water, time, elbow grease and less stress!!!

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Michelle October 1, 2016 - 7:44 AM

My best cleaning tip is to use paper towel to dry stainless steel appliances or mirrors. No more streaks!!

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Kelli October 1, 2016 - 8:29 AM

I use paper towel to wipe over the tops of sauce bottles when we’ve used them.

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Sarah October 1, 2016 - 8:32 AM

My best cleaning tip – use wet paper towels as baby wipes! I usually pour a mixture of hot water, couple of spoonfuls of coconut oil, few drops of lemon lime essential oil and some castille soap over a roll of paper towels in a container and away we go! Cheaper and better for bub and toddlers ?

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Samantha October 1, 2016 - 8:35 AM

I love using paper towel in the botton of my veggie crisper and under any meat defrosting in the fridge so much easier than cleaning up blood spills and keeps the veggies fresher for longer

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Jay Quintal October 1, 2016 - 8:39 AM

I keep our paper towels in a drawer where the kids can reach. Then (sometimes!) they can clean up after themselves.

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Benjamin Travia October 1, 2016 - 10:08 AM

Mum is an invaluable and underutilised knowledge source which must be relied upon…frequently.

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Jane October 1, 2016 - 11:24 AM

I always use paper towels to wipe up the fat or oil left in frying pans and roasting pans so that it does not go down the drain. When oils and fats cool they stick to the drain pipes and can eventually cause blockage.

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Catherine Schurmann October 1, 2016 - 11:51 AM

I use the paper towel to soak up the excess fat from cooking mince so the meal is helthier

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Serena October 1, 2016 - 4:22 PM

I use paper towel as a cover when I microwave spaghetti or beans stops all those splats over the oven. But one of my favourite uses is to use it for craft with the kids makes the most beautiful pictures using eye droppers and water paint.

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Kasey E October 1, 2016 - 4:51 PM

When baking anything in the oven I always line my trays with aluminium foil then baking paper, that way after the food is cooked i simply throw the foil and paper away and my trays are still clean. Fantastic for the Sundays Roasts!

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Katrina McAliece October 1, 2016 - 7:04 PM

I wipe down my chrome tapware with a wet paper towel then polish dry with a dry paper towel. Nice shiny taps YAY

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Yvonne October 1, 2016 - 7:09 PM

With six kids on the go, I have a never ending supply of paper towel. My best cleaning tip is I spray my homemade orange and vinegar spray on my benches, microwave and in my rubbish bin and wipe up all the nasties with the paper towel. Leaving my bin and kitchen smelling like oranges.

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Sarah Ludwick October 1, 2016 - 8:08 PM

I use a piece of paper towel to cover whatever i have in the microwave. This way my microwave is never dirty and the paper towel is used to wipe over any condensation aftrrwards = always spotless!

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Sarah Ludwick October 1, 2016 - 8:08 PM

I use a piece of paper towel to cover whatever i have in the microwave. This way my microwave is never dirty and the paper towel is used to wipe over any condensation afterwards = always spotless!

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Summer Hinaki-McDade October 1, 2016 - 9:46 PM

paper towel uses in our household are endless, from covering food in the microwave, to wiping up spills, cleaning windows (the best leaving windows streak free!), blowing noses, checking the oil stick from the car, lining containers of baby spinnach, strawberries, bbq meat, and best of all hiding my chocolate stash in my handbag! kids think it’s a dirty hanky and won’t go near it! LOL

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Susie October 1, 2016 - 9:55 PM

We have two pieces of paper towel permanently on the glass plate of the microwave. Instantly takes care of any splats or spills and sometimes you can even put food directly on top of the paper towel – pappadums – for instance – and get a great result without needing a plate!

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Michelle October 1, 2016 - 9:55 PM

I always line my fruit and veggie draw with paper towel. I also line my cake containers with paper towel. With 6 kids they are great for wiping up skills or under cereal bowls to catch any spills. Working in a year one classroom they are great for wiping paint brushes dry and using them to create paper towel dyed butterflies to decorate the classroom. When we gave finished the boys love making rockets from the cardboard roll.

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Pat October 1, 2016 - 10:09 PM

As well as the above tips, I have used paper towel (and lots of it) ;to soak up the excess water in precious papers that were water soaked during a mild flood . While the pages of a book or loose leaf paper was wet or damp I separated them piece by piece then layered a piece of paper towel between each page. And under and on top of the first and last pages. Leave in a safe place for a week or so. Test to see if paper is totally dry, if so, remove.
I did this when a hot water system broke upstairs and flooded the down stairs area where I had boxes of files and books stored. I successfully rescued every bit of paper and books that were in the water.
The paper towel was good to go, to mop up messy greasy spills too. So no unnecessary waste.

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Kirrily Hahn October 1, 2016 - 10:11 PM

My hubby discovered our best cleaning tip this morning when 10yr old dropped red nailpolish on our beige carpet! Grabbed the paper towel and scrubbed away after spraying with hairspray- it’s completely gone! True story

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Clair October 2, 2016 - 12:13 AM

I use paper towels for so many things, I line my lettuce crisper with them to stop it going soggy, I clean up spills on the floor so that my kitchen cloths don’t get floor germs on them. Plus I also use paper towels to clean my mirrors with water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Works a treat.

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Kelly Arndt October 2, 2016 - 3:25 AM

I know that many people assume that paper towel cannot be turned into anything, due to it’s tissue-like nature, so they put it in their ‘rubbish’ bin, rather than into recycling.
But my cleaning tip, is that paper contains heaps of carbon, so after you have finished using your paper towel, add it to your compost bin! The fluffiness of the paper towel encourages air pockets to form, which support the growth of beneficial microorganisms, helping to keep your compost healthy and allowing it to ‘biodegrade’ even faster!
Composting is a natural process of recycling organic material and can help keep your yard tidy and organised, putting grass, weeds, leaves, fruit and veggie scraps(and paper towel!) to good use!
Your garden plants will thrive with the addition of it- and love you for it!

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Tracey October 2, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Cleaning tip- clean one room completely at a time – tidy, vacuum, dust etc then move onto the next room. If you have small children at least the room will have been clean and tidy at one point during the day 😉

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Lynnette Bull October 2, 2016 - 12:58 PM

Put away some money each week and every 6 months pay someone to come and do a thorough clean from top to bottom. Do this after going through everything and seeing if you can reuse, donate, or throw away anything and your house will be decluttered and spring clean

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Michelle C October 2, 2016 - 7:22 PM

I use a sheet or two between my stoneware non stick baking dishes when putting them into the cupboard so they don’t scratch the coasting off. I also use a sheet on the shelf in the fridge under the milk to catch any drips. This also goes for the Nespresso Coffee Machines milk frothing jug also kept in the fridge.

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Stacey Shailer October 2, 2016 - 9:23 PM

My best cleaning tip is to wear an old pair of socks while vacuuming. I run my toes along the top of the skirting boards to dust them as I vacuum the house!

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Karen Desmond October 2, 2016 - 10:45 PM

My best cleaning tip is to spray glass shower screen with a 50:50 mix of dish washing liquid and vinegar rinse and dry with paper towel and your shower will sparkle

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Amanda D'Souza October 3, 2016 - 12:40 AM

My best cleaning tip is as follows;
Speed clean……Set the timer for fifteen minutes and turn on some good music and do the worst job first. You need to have cleaning products and rags available in every wet area of the house or in a bucket so you can clean and tidy as you go, in each room. I also take a spare bucket around so I can gather items that do not belong there. The music and timer help to make a boring job a little more fun, also Youwill be amazed at how much you can achieve by trying to beat the clock.

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Maureen carter October 3, 2016 - 11:43 AM

Best cleaning tip is spray bottle of windex and clean rag in cleaning kit. Will clean stainless steel taps, appliances, fridge door, kitchen cupboards, splash backs, mirrors, light shades (glass) and even sliding doors and windows!

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Jennifer B. October 3, 2016 - 12:52 PM

Best cleaning whiz: an agent with class,
Neutralizes odours, degreases, cleans toilets and brass.
Packaging’s reduced, there’s greenery to see…
My top cleaning tip? Use paper towel with LEMON JUICE from your own lemon tree!

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Naysie October 3, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Essentials :- Vinegar, bi-carb, eucalyptus oil, ‘washable/reusable/ wipes and papertowel – can clean anything and am never without any of them

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Amy W October 4, 2016 - 7:02 AM

My best cleaning tip is to invite someone over. It’s AMAZING how much cleaning you get done when a visitor is coming!!
Then you get the added reward of socialising when you’re done 🙂

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Belinda October 4, 2016 - 11:30 AM

When accidents happen and you need to pick up tiny fragments of broken glass, grab a piece of bread and press it over the area. The bread catches and picks up the little pieces of glass while still protecting your fingers from nasty glass fragments.

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Mel October 4, 2016 - 12:05 PM

BABY WIPES, anywhere, any time. They clean food off clothes, marks off the wall, etc etc

Clean fiddly shaped bottles with rice – pour raw rice into the bottle, fill with warm water and a small amount of dishwashing liquid. Put on the lid and shake, and then wash out!

To keep moths and silverfish away, spread whole cloves in your draws and wardrobes!

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Shannon Russell October 4, 2016 - 12:41 PM

I am teaching my boys grab a paper towel when they make a mess, it’s quick and easy and can go straight in the bin! No more milk or milo spills on my kitchen counters!

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Vik E October 4, 2016 - 2:04 PM

Water and vinegar in spray bottle, and when the cupboard is clear I spray the cupboard, stove, oven and microwave door and the top and sides of the fridge. When wiping everything down I leave the stove and fridge till last and the grime has broken down and just wipes away.

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Hannah NIx October 4, 2016 - 4:42 PM

My go to for all cleaning is bicarb soda and vinegar. Use vinegar on paper towel for Windows, use both on stains (dishes, clothes etc) they deodorise – so multipurpose!!

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Rosie October 4, 2016 - 10:10 PM

My dog has the waggiest tail in the world. Whenever i tell him he is a good boy he wags his tail and this sometimes – often – causes his tail to knock over my cup of tea. I have a roll of paper towel close by to eipe up the spills. I never get cross at him because he is a rescue dog and still quite timid. But thank goodness for paper towel.

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Nicole October 5, 2016 - 10:34 AM

I place a piece of paper towel in the microwave under the bowl/plate to catch any spills that occurs (especially the boys weetbix which seem to always overflow). This makes cleaning the microwave a lot easier.

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Melanie October 5, 2016 - 3:48 PM

I wipe around the toilet with disinfectant and paper towel. Super quick and at the end of cleaning you simply flush it away. No dirty, bacteria ridden cloths to deal with at the end of cleaning. The paper towel must be strong though as there is nothing worse than a cheap thin one breaking apart when you’re cleaning up wee the kids seem to get everywhere!!

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Leah October 5, 2016 - 8:45 PM

I have four children. During the school holidays we do the ’10-minute-cleanup’ each day. I set the microwave timer for 10 minutes and away we all go. We all have to tidy up non-stop for 10 minutes. At the end I reward them with a small treat. It’s only 10 minutes of their day, but saves an hour or two after they’re all in bed!!

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Pauline October 5, 2016 - 9:01 PM

Paper towel is great for wiping out nonstick fry pans, cleaning up the litter tray, wiping up spills and this list goes on.

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Lisa October 5, 2016 - 10:46 PM

Wow, so many great ideas! I do some of them, but can try so many more. Last camping weekend, we decided to forgo the dishes and do enviro-friendly disposables. Even the dishes we had were washed with…you guessed it…paper towels. They hold up surprisingly well in hot water.

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Jess lee October 6, 2016 - 4:06 AM

I my best paper towel tip – I make my own baby wipes ( we all know 101 uses for baby wipes ) and not having chemical filled ones makes me a happy mum I cut paper towel roll in half add warm water mixed with melted coconut oil into a recycled container pull out cardboard roll when its soft and pull out paper towel from the middle they work wonders on dust spills and little bottoms

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Michelle October 6, 2016 - 5:56 AM

I use paper towel to clean the toilet. I find it so much more hygienic then using a cloth. Ewww

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Laura Scriven October 6, 2016 - 7:17 AM

I don’t have nearly as many cleaning tips as you! But I always use the lemon half in a dish of water in the microwave for a minute to soft the mess and make it easy to clean, especially in a household that “forgets” the cover all the time!

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Kylie B October 6, 2016 - 1:43 PM

My best cleaning tip is to vacuum and mop, the whole house will feel clean and you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished a lot and as a bonus got some exercise done!

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Sammy Lee October 7, 2016 - 12:54 PM

For black mold spots in the kitchen or bathroom seals, I soak paper towels in bleach and then put pieces of them on the seals overnight. Because the bleach stays on the problematic spots instead of dripping off or drying up, it’s more effective in getting rid of the strains.

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Megan Beazley October 7, 2016 - 3:08 PM

My best tip is after a shower, drip paper towel in vinegar and wipe over shower walks to prevent mould.

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Megan Beazley October 7, 2016 - 3:09 PM

Walls*

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Pam October 7, 2016 - 3:29 PM

I place baking paper on top of my range hood so dust and oil that settles doesn’t need to be scrubbed off as it gets so sticky! Just toss and replace when needed to keep it clean.

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Carolyn October 7, 2016 - 3:34 PM

Best cleaning tip: get a house cleaner! My money well spent and I don’t know how I would cope without her.

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Darnelle October 7, 2016 - 6:01 PM

My best cleaning tip using paper towel is after emptying the sink using a strainer, use paper towel to wipe out left over grease and food this inturn will save you a lot of money on blocked drains. This is my most favourite tip after having to pay a fortune getting a plumber out to unblock my drains..

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Leah October 7, 2016 - 7:03 PM

Best cleaning is cut lemon in a bowl of water then turn rhe microwave on. Loosens any grime by steam ready to wipe with the paper towel and smells fresh. For cleaning the fish tank on old plastic card to scrape the inside of the glass and wipe with the paper towel works every time.

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Sally October 7, 2016 - 8:04 PM

Best cleaning tip with paper towels – use them on the inside of fish tanks to wipe away that awful green yuck that builds up! Good paper towels won’t fall apart in the water and you don’t have to do a full clean of the tank as often.

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katrina garde October 7, 2016 - 8:21 PM

My Best cleaning tip is to use paper towel for cleaning my BBQ. Why would you use anything else. But can I share a non-cleaning tip? Paper towel wrapped around celery, keeps it fresh as ever for weeks. Try it! I was given this advise from an elderly friend years ago, and IT WORKS.

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Karen October 8, 2016 - 1:02 AM

My best cleaning tip? Keep learning. Keep an open mind. Keep searching for new ways to see how other people manage via fantastic blogs like this and see how they clean, for example by using paper towels in so many ways that I had never thought about like in these comments above. Just AMAZEBALLS!! I feel COMPLETELY INSPIRED now and I am DEFINITELY going to try all these tips with paper towels now! Thank you for teaching me! xx

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Deb October 8, 2016 - 8:36 AM

Train your family!! My 3 kids know where the stick vac, paper towels and old cleaning cloths are kept. My hubby has been educated about what spray cleans where – to keep it simple I only have 2! And tidy/clean as you go.

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Wendy Janetzki October 8, 2016 - 5:23 PM

My best tip using paper towel is to use it to clean the bathroom. I use a spray bottle with disinfectant and use the paper towel to wipe over all surfaces, bathroom sink, toilet etc. This has been the perfect solution for us and all the mess and hair we seem to accumulate.

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Ariane October 8, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Magic Erasers! They remove all stains that rags and clothes simply can’t remove. Simply wet and wipe over and they are excellent in the bath, on benches and walls.

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Monica S. October 8, 2016 - 7:07 PM

Love a cheesy oozy toasted ham and cheese sandwich? Or love sticky grilled chops? and you do them in a George Forman press griller? Just before you start eating….put two layers of paper towel on the grill, pour over water and close. When you come back later…its much easier to clean with most ‘stuck on’ bits sliding off!

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Leanne Neiland October 9, 2016 - 7:53 AM

Soak your maxima paper towel in brown vinegar and lay over your oven door glass window. Allow to soak for an hour and wallah a beautiful sparkling oven door.

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Bianca Evans October 9, 2016 - 1:29 PM

I use paper towel & spray to clean absolutely everything in my kitchen, because my kitchen is full of stainless steel appliances & they streak I then polish with paper towel then wipe one last time to remove excess polish.

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Eva Kiraly October 9, 2016 - 1:33 PM

I use paper towels at the bottom of my lettuce bowl, stops the lettuce going off and keeps mould the mess off of the bowl

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Cynthia October 9, 2016 - 6:25 PM

My tip which has revolutionised our family cleaning (for us adults as much as the kids) is to have a mini cleaning Olympics! We aim for once a week but sometimes life gets in the way so we are not too strict on the timing.
All family names get put on a scoreboard and a list of chores is put on the table. 60 minutes is set on the timer. We all race around trying to do as many tasks as possible with points given for each task depending on length/difficulty (eg 1 point for wiping bathroom mirrors, 3 for toilet, 5 for vaccuming living area etc).
It’s lots of fun and the points can be used for a little treat at the end of each month!

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Jocelyn Miguel October 9, 2016 - 6:38 PM

Paper towel is used in our home from cleaning up the spills on the kitchen counter, table, floor, bathroom etc. we use it to clean glass and mirrors too. For taking that excess oil off fried food and using it as protection in the microwave, base of the oily and sticky stuff. And the best use of the paper towel is cleaning the carpet when my son was tt, spray with vinegar and water and dab with paper towel and put baking powder to dry.

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SusieQ October 9, 2016 - 8:20 PM

We have a ‘If you make a mess, clean it up!’ Policy at our house. With two young kids this stops the ‘I’ve just made a mess’ tantrum in it’s tracks and they trot over to the Maxim paper towels to clean up their mess.
This instills the confidence that they are able to control the situation and gives them independence and problem solving skills.
Paper towels are safe for them to use any time and it means less work for Mum which equals more play time for everyone – everybody wins!!

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Wendy Roby October 10, 2016 - 7:09 AM

I’d be lost with out Paper towel. I love how absorbent and easy they are to use. So many uses…….I place paper towel in the bottom of my bench top bin and add a few drops of essential oils. When I remove the waste bag I get a hit of the essential oil to freshen my kitchen. When I make salad wraps for my kids lunches I wrap them in paper towel before wraping in plastic wrap. This no only catches any drips but comes in handy for cleaning up afterwards.

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Lauren Ellis October 10, 2016 - 7:43 AM

I use to use a lot of cleaning products but finally recently tried using Vinegar, Washing Up Liquid & Water & it cleans amazing! I loved it because I was pregnant & have a 2 year old son so no nasty chemicals or smells! I have been using cleaning wipes/cloths but should really start using paper towels & I will start using some of your great tips for using paper towels above too!

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Brionny MacLean October 10, 2016 - 7:49 AM

My best cleaning tip? To clean shower screens from soap scum & water staining mix 400 ml each of white vinegar (heat vinegar for 40 sec in microwave first) & dish liquid (I bulk buy Sunlight liquid from Big W) in a jug. Tip into a spray bottle. Ensure bathroom fan is on- spray mix all over shower screens & tiles. Leave for 15-20 mins. Rinse off with water and wipe with a magic eraser for crystal clean & clear shower screens & tiles.
For stubborn hard water stains do a 50/50 mix of fabric softener & warm water. Tip on area you want to clean & scrub lightly with your magic eraser again.

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Wendy thomson October 10, 2016 - 8:36 AM

My cleaning tip- is to teach the children early on and make it a team activity.

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ellen October 10, 2016 - 8:51 AM

A damp paper towel and a bit of jiff to clean all the sticky finger marks of my white fridge.

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ellen October 10, 2016 - 8:53 AM

I give my girls a wet cloth and a dry cloth in a colander for ease and they clean all the skirting boards for pocket money. Gives them a job that normally kills my back and they make it a competition.

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Tania October 10, 2016 - 9:25 AM

When I bought my home it had an old rangehood, the filters were shot and expensive to replace the whole unit, so I lined them with paper towel. I can change them regularly and they look fabulous and really absorb any smell.

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Marsha October 10, 2016 - 10:24 AM

I’m always running out of paper towel so fast
A year’s supply will surely last!
Making all my glasses sparkle, smudge and fluff free
As I still hand wash and dry..no dishwasher you see ?
Drying and cleaning my glasses…Yep! The best cleaning tip from me ?

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ange October 10, 2016 - 2:23 PM

When it’s time to clean my shower, I hop in, and scrub, using any harsh cleansers with caution, the shower. When I’m finished, I step out and rinse it down, then take a shower myself to admire my handiwork.”

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Simone October 10, 2016 - 2:26 PM

My cleaning tip is to keep my main bench counter clean. So if I’d had a bad day, I can always see one clean spot where we can have breakfast, lunch or dinner with no fuss. I’m happy, children are happy and I have at least one clean area every day.

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Belinda Lewis October 10, 2016 - 2:52 PM

The inside rim of my front loader gets mucky.
It’s a black residue on the rubber seal that is yucky.
I use paper towels to keep it at bay.
It’s great because it also wicks trapped water away.
This no drip fix keeps my machine from being gunky.
Noone wants their machine smelling funky!

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TARA October 10, 2016 - 4:00 PM

My best cleaning tip is to get distracted with an AUDIO BOOK! I put one on to listen to while I clean the house, cook dinner, make lunches – whatever. It takes my mind on the menial task at hand and in no time my task is complete and I’m looking for the next task to do just so that I can keep listening to what happens next!

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Kevin Kelly October 10, 2016 - 5:34 PM

My best cleaning tip is the use of natural ingredients at all times, vinegar and bi carb soda always mixed with other naturals always do the trick for me.

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Jenny Pierson October 10, 2016 - 6:56 PM

As a single full time working Mum of three, my best cleaning tip? Employ a cleaner!

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michelle October 10, 2016 - 7:39 PM

My best cleaning tip is use paper towel to clean baby items such as toys and the highchair.

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Maria Todaro October 10, 2016 - 8:25 PM

I like to use vinegar and dishwashing liquid with my favourite essential oil to make a nice home made multipurpose cleaner.

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Liz October 10, 2016 - 8:27 PM

Loving all the cleaning tips, I use paper towel for so many things – a years supply would be so handy in our house hold ?

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Lesh October 10, 2016 - 8:58 PM

I use paper towels to make my own wet wipes that I then use to wipe the toilet. A roll of paper towels soaked in a container with vinegar, washing liquid and essential oils means cleaning is easy and no nasty chemicals.

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Lesh October 10, 2016 - 9:11 PM

I always use reusable cloths for cleaning but there is a place for paper towels too. I use paper towels to make my own wet wipes which I then use to clean the toilet. A roll of paper towels soaking in a container with vinegar, washing liquid and essential oils makes cleaning the toilet easy and uses no harsh chemicals.

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Rebecca lane October 10, 2016 - 9:55 PM

My best tip for using paper towels… I line my kitchen compost bin with them! They absorb the liquid beautifully and decompose quickly in the compost bin outside and/or worn farm. I don’t add to land fill and they balance the ph of my compost. Win-win! Also reduces odours from my indoor compost and makes it quick and easy to clean 🙂 environmentally friendly cleaning tip 🙂

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Lauren October 10, 2016 - 10:17 PM

My Tip… don’t wait till later or it will never be done.

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Melissa October 11, 2016 - 8:58 AM

As a beauty therapist i need to clean out my wax pots regularly. Using a good absorbent paper total makes the job so much easier. I spray wax solvent in the bottom of the pot then throw in some paper toweland use a large stick to move it around and soak up all the mess! I also fold one in quarters and air old pots on them so they don’t stick on my shelves in storage.

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Sarah October 14, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Paper towel is perfect for rubbing butter into patty pans and backing dishes before pouring in the mixture. One swipe around the tine and no mess. Quick and easy.

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Sharon Johnson November 6, 2016 - 3:46 PM

Placing maxima towel in container when popping spinach or herbs into fridge. Absorbs moisture extending the life of your foods stored.

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Amy March 14, 2019 - 7:37 AM

No point having a clean house if the environment is being dirtied with waste… so I buy Who Gives a Crap paper towel (tissues and toilet paper too!) – great value, awesome quality, enviromnentally sourced and 50% of profits go to sanitation projects in 3rd world contries! Best cleaning tip? Have a worm farm! Wormies love scraps, hair and dust and even used paper towels! Simply clean up messes then put in worm farm. Also provides free fertiliser which grows the most amazing herbs and veggies you’ve ever seen! Win win win!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 14, 2019 - 11:08 AM

great tip Amy, thanks for sharing. we use environmentally friendly paper towels now too 🙂

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