4 Bamboo Paper Towels That Are Good Enough To Replace Single-Use

They're soft, absorbent and durable!

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August 09, 2021

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There are so many reasons to ditch single-use paper towels in favor of washable, reusable bamboo options. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll be doing the earth a favor, too. That said, there are loads of bamboo towels on the market, and it’s hard to know which ones to buy. We put four brands through the paces, using them to dry a dinner’s worth of dishes before hanging them to dry overnight and on basic chores, including washing sticky kitchen and bathroom counters. Here's what we thought.


When it comes to tackling big spills, we loved Kitchen+Home bamboo towels, which claim to replace up to six months of paper towels. Personally, we loved how the larger sheet size was just right for counter spills, the fact that each roll comes with 20 sheets and how heavy-duty these felt while cleaning. Plus, they dried like a charm and retained their absorbency even after a few washings.

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These towels were up to every task we put them to and, after air-drying a few times, there was zero shrinkage to boot. While these can be put in the washing machine, the manufacturer recommends a cold water wash to help the fabric maintain its softness, which we found to work just fine. And we can't forget how charmed we were by the thank you note from the owners of EcoLifestyle tucked into the 100% organic bamboo roll we ordered online.

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The promise on the packaging of Bambaw reusable bamboo paper towels is that one roll equals 65 disposable paper rolls, and we like the fact that these perforated towels are antibacterial and work to clean granite surfaces which can get unsightly — fast. The more we washed and dried these, the softer they felt on the hands, which is a big benefit for frequent hand-washers, too.

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If you are searching for natural bamboo kitchen towels that are pesticide- and chlorine-bleach free, the towels made by The Cheeky Panda are for you. While these aren’t reusable and most closely resemble a conventional paper towel, the company donates part of every pack sold to protecting rainforests and, best of all, both the inner core and outer wrapper of the product are made of recycled materials.

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