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edited 19 September 2017 at 11:52AM in Green & Ethical MoneySaving
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edited 19 September 2017 at 11:52AM in Green & Ethical MoneySaving
Update September 2017

We started this poll a couple of years ago but the topic's always relevant. Love that over half the people who voted so far don't use kitchen roll at all! Great saving!

If you're interested in more ways to save money with re-usable products read our Recycle Week Hub.

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7-13 September is #ZeroWasteWeek. We're working with several organisations to highlight how much you could save by re-using and recycling. See the full Zero Waste Week info.

We'd love to know how much you spend on household items and whether you'd save by using re-usable versions and we're starting off with kitchen roll.

What to do:

Step 1: Use our Demotivator to work out how much you spend on kitchen roll PER YEAR!
Step 2: Vote in the poll to tell us how much you spend on it.
Step 3: Work out how much you'd save by using washable kitchen cloths instead (roughly 50p-£1 each plus washing costs based on your own personal usage/washing)
Step 4: Post in the forum thread below to tell us how much you think you'd save per year by switching to cloths!
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How much do you spend on kitchen roll? 34 votes

Under £20 per year - I don't buy kitchen roll
64%
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£21-£50 per year - I use a mixture of the two
14%
Former_MSE_AndreajrfarrimcagsdOneday77Anthorn 5 votes
£51-£70 per year - I use mainly kitchen roll
17%
cheerfulcatSterlingtimesHappyMJWillowCatMartyn1981Ladykernow 6 votes
£71-£100 per year - I only use kitchen roll
2%
digbydog 1 vote
£101 and above! - I use stacks of kitchen roll!
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  • TBagpussTBagpuss Forumite
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    My answer isn't in the poll - less than £20 - I rarely use kitchen roll. I do buy it, as there are times when I would rather use something I can bin straight away than use a cloth which I will then need to bin, but I just bought a pack of 2 kitchen rolls which is the first time I've bought any this year, my spend on kitchen roll is probably less than £5 per year!
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    £21-£50 per year - I use a mixture of the two
    That's fabulous TBagpuss!

    Do you use washable cloths at all?
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  • jrfarrimjrfarrim Forumite
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    £21-£50 per year - I use a mixture of the two
    I use stacks of the stuff but buy from a Cash & Carry in bulk so annual cost comes in the £20-£50 category.
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    Under £20 per year - I don't buy kitchen roll
    MSE_Andrea wrote: »
    22 to 28 June is #Recycleweek. We're working with several organisations to highlight how much you could save by re-using and recycling. See the full Recycle Week info.

    We'd love to know how much you spend on household items and whether you'd save by using re-usable versions and we're starting off with kitchen roll .....
    Oh dear, starting the Poll at £20 ... exactly how much of this stuff do you use yourself ? .... ;)

    We buy kitchen roll as it comes in handy for multiple applications all around the house as well as the kitchen, but if we buy a couple of packs in a year that's about it ... so what's that ... £3(ish) ....

    ... yes, we recycle, and no, we don't have much of that or general waste either. Recycle bin would probably take at least 4-6 months to fill and general waste is normally 2 or 3 supermarket carrier bags full per fortnight .... newspaper & cardboard are put aside & used to light the log-burner in the winter ...

    Not much waste here then ... £20 ?, really ??

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  • SterlingtimesSterlingtimes Forumite
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    £51-£70 per year - I use mainly kitchen roll
    Re-usable cloths are really better not used for cleaning up where there is a severe risk of infection, e.g. chicken blood. Similar, oily spills are better wiped with paper roll. We use a mixture really. I'm not sure that it is a good idea to reduce paper cleaning to a minimum. Paper is much better than wipes which do not degrade.
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    None of the above.

    I do use kitchen roll, but £20 a year buys an awful lot of the stuff if you buy own-brand or special offers.
    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
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    I've never actually bought kitchen paper. I just use newspaper. It's fine for draining fried food, scooping up spilled stuff, or lining the fridge drawers.
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    £21-£50 per year - I use a mixture of the two
    Great replies everyone!

    Everyone's answers would be different so we've put plenty of options but I totally get what you mean, perhaps we could have put a £10 per year and under option in.

    We put the higher options in for eg large families with young kids.

    Andrea :)
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    £51-£70 per year - I use mainly kitchen roll
    At 1 penny per sheet for the slightly better than supermarket value kitchen roll it takes quite a long time to go through £20 worth. I mainly use kitchen roll but certainly not £51-£70 per year. I might use a sheet or two each day...maybe £7 a year. As has been said I also use newspaper for draining the chips and any other fried foods.

    My OH prefers to use those blue all-purpose cloths at 3.6 penny each when cleaning and bin it once done. I would use at least 4 paper towels for 1 use of the blue cloth so the cost is exactly the same. There's no savings either way so I'm not bothered.

    We do have a 50p cloth and that is exclusively used for washing dishes soaked in a very dilute solution (just a capful) of super cheap thin bleach 29p for 2 litres and left for the next day. The cloth lasts about a month before becoming unusable.
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  • michaelsmichaels Forumite
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    We occasionally use kitchen roll - say 4 rolls a year but genreally use a 'j-cloth' style blue cloth which lasts about a week obivously rinsed out between each use (from a packet of 50) and also the cheapest economy tissues at 45p/box, each box probably lasts 3 weeks so I guess that costs us about £10 pa.

    Then again we don't eat fried food so no need to drain anything....
    I think....
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