In an attempt to be frugal and thrifty and stick-it-to-the-man like I started making (not buying mind you, but I don't make the cloth, so then I'm back to consumer-ing) cloth napkins for the family. We've been doing this for several years, but I'm starting to wonder.
I have about 3 dozen made, but three meals a day times 8 people = I'm washing cloth napkins constantly in order to keep up. I could make more...I plan to, really.
Every night when my daughter sets the table and says, "There's no napkins," I wonder where in the world they all go. I find them under the couch and in the toy boxes and out in the yard and everywhere else, but there never seem to be enough clean. I recently discovered my 3 year old was using them as blankets for her baby dolls. As cute as this is, and it is cute, this is not their intended purpose.
I'm feeling the tempatation to buy a package of cheap paper napkin's at the ol' Dollar General and call it quits.
What do you think? Do I make more and keep trucking or give in and go paper? Anybody got the numbers on laundering vs. disposable costs?
What do you use and what works for you?