My dad used handkerchiefs all the time when I was a kid, and I never thought anything of it. I always used tissues, personally, and it wasn’t until the past few years that I noticed I was using tissues for way too many other purposes.
I haven’t bought paper towels in a long time, so I would grab a tissue from the bathroom to wipe up a small spill in the hall, or scoop up a (*shudder*) dead bug. It took me way too long to realize I was using too many tissues for these purposes – the exact reason I stopped buying paper towels! (Because if they are around, I will use them. I will use them all in a week and then wonder where my paper towels have gone. Best to not even have in the house.)
Since I started using compostable dishcloths more like paper towels (minus, you know, throwing them away), I figured it was time to do away with tissues, too. So last summer I bought a twelve pack of plain white handkerchiefs, and that’s what I’ve been using ever since.
I always carry one in my bag, because they’re a little too bulky for my pockets. I also keep them strategically around the house (sorry to any potential houseguests that might gross out). My son uses them, too!
After I got my plain white ‘kerchiefs, my mom shared some that she used as a kid, so I’ve added them into the mix. I’ve also considered adding a pretty trim to the edges of the plain white ones, just to spruce them up. Maybe use a variety colors to differentiate between mine and my son’s.
As far as upkeep, they’re super easy. I have enough to last the week, even if we have colds. I throw them in the weekly laundry with the towels, and they come out as fresh as ever!
Do you use handkerchiefs? Would you ever switch from tissues to ‘kerchiefs?