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#1 of 31 Old 01-04-2011, 07:56 AM - Thread Starter
 
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"Kleenex disposable handtowel"

 

Oh!  Germ free!

 

A fresh towel EVERY TIME!

 

Buy our stuff, wipe some clean water on it from your WASHED hands, and throw it away!

 

Aside from the wastefulness aspect, who is stupid (or rich enough) to buy a freakin paper towel dispenser for their home bathroom?

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LOL, I went to someone's house last week and I couldn't find the hand towel in the bathroom anywhere.  I figured they had just forgotten to lay one out and used my pants.  The second time I went in there I was with DD, and so I was sitting in there for aaaaages waiting to do her business and I realized that what I had thought was a box of tissues was actually those things!  I'd never seen them before.


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"Kleenex disposable handtowel"

 

Oh!  Germ free!

 

A fresh towel EVERY TIME!

 

Buy our stuff, wipe some clean water on it from your WASHED hands, and throw it away!

 

Aside from the wastefulness aspect, who is stupid (or rich enough) to buy a freakin paper towel dispenser for their home bathroom?


I totally feel the same way!!!!  How wasteful! 

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LOL - what will the world think of next!!  What's even more sad is that people will actually buy it.

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seriously but everyone is so afraid of germs now I bet we will see it a lot!


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But, but .... just THINK of all of the water you're wasting by washing those reusable towels.  eyesroll.gif (Sarcasm).


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I've been lurking on this site forever.  When I saw this topic I had to sign up to post...

 

This commercial drives me insane!  I can't believe that people feel like they need disposable hand towels to wipe their clean hands with in their own house.  It boggles my mind that anyone would even buy them, but apparently people do :)

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I agree. I change the hand towels in my bathrooms sometimes daily if one of us is fighting a cold but I could never condone this. How many trees died to make that possible? Now, if it were all post consumer paper, I might be tempted.... somedays,  Sheepish.gifmaybe.

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I don't think the average person needs it, but here, you do need paper towels in your bathroom, (and paper cups, I believe) if you have a licensed home daycare.

 

Now me? I generally use old towels & wash cloths to clean up spills, so I don't use paper towels much for cleaning, let alone drying my hands.

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I've seen those in the store and I dont understand how they are any different than a regular roll of papertowels.  Well other than being like 6x the cost cuz they come in a triangle box  lol....


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There's that and at Babies R Us they have this NEW! SPECIAL! SANITIZED bottled water. Cause ya know, someone in Salt Lake City totally has to worry about typhoid in their tap water! A Brita pitcher or even boiling the water won't do. You have to go get a case of sanitized water for $20 or your baby could GET A DISEASE!!!! eyesroll.gif

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"Kleenex disposable handtowel"

 

Oh!  Germ free!

 

A fresh towel EVERY TIME!

 

Buy our stuff, wipe some clean water on it from your WASHED hands, and throw it away!

 

Aside from the wastefulness aspect, who is stupid (or rich enough) to buy a freakin paper towel dispenser for their home bathroom?


I actually have friends who think these things are great :(  My mom, while she has no problem eating in restaurants, is a real germaphobe in her, and others homes.  She only buys the throw away salt and pepper shakers.  For her own house!  

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I can see putting those out for a multi-family playdate or homeschool event. Multiple hygiene-impaired small people using my bathroom always leaves me with a nasty sopping wet hand towel. 

 

But yeah, if I really wanted to be germ-conscious I'd put a hand dryer in my bathroom! 

 

http://handdryer.com/all_hand_dryers.htm

 

Oh, great. Now I'm lusting after a home hand dryer. twins.gif

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I get mad every time I see this commercial.

 

For full disclosure, we used to keep paper towels in the bathroom instead of a towel.  DD was a 28 weeker preemie and came home from the NICU at the height of cold/flu/RSV season.  I was a terrified germa-phobe (and first time mama to add to that!)

 

Now that I have 2 healthy, robust kids, it's towels all the way.

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I can see putting those out for a multi-family playdate or homeschool event. Multiple hygiene-impaired small people using my bathroom always leaves me with a nasty sopping wet hand towel. 

 

But yeah, if I really wanted to be germ-conscious I'd put a hand dryer in my bathroom! 

 

http://handdryer.com/all_hand_dryers.htm

 

Oh, great. Now I'm lusting after a home hand dryer. twins.gif


I love those.. but I could imagine being wakened at night by one of my kids that just "has" wash their hands.
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That commercial drives me crazy too! I'm fine with using hand towels and washing them. I don't think running the washer is a big hassle like some other people I know.


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i hate that commercial so much... its so annoying

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I always thought that's what my jeans were for..  wash hands, notice that some child has run off with the hand towel that was right there five minutes ago- resort to using jeans while trying to locate missing towel- which has inevitably been used as a cape or something similar... 

 

Seriously though, that commercial does annoy the bejeepers out of me.  I generally change the hand towel every day or so (usually every day) as part of my 'swish through the bathroom' routine.  I mean really- is a single hand towel THAT much more laundry? 

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I pointed out this commercial once to my hubby about how people waste resources and money and his response was something along the lines of "what a great idea!" *facepalm*


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I have known people who use a roll of paper towels in the bathroom - wall-hanging dispenser and all.  I never understood the idea.  But a "special" more expensive paper towel for drying hands? absurd.  

 

We change our hand towels daily, and more often if there are other kids visiting the house.  

 

I don't even have paper towels, napkins or kleenex.  The only disposable paper product we buy is toilet paper, and I don't even use that much for myself or my toddler.  The other members of the house are set in their ways ...

 

... don't even get me started on bottled water ... or styrofoam.  My MIL served Thanksgiving dinner on styrofoam last year, IN her new house - no real justifiable reason.  <cry>  (I could have kind of understood maybe for the 5 little kids, but the GROWNUPS?)

 

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I don't even have paper towels, napkins or kleenex.  The only disposable paper product we buy is toilet paper

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ditto, and it makes me CRINGE when other people use paper or plastic disposables because it's "so much easier" :'(


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I read about these on another message board I go to, and I had no idea what they were talking about.  They were talking about how great they were, etc., etc.  And I had no clue.  And then somebody gave me a link or explained it, and I think I may have sat at the computer with my jaw dropped open.  I saw them in the store and couldn't believe my eyes!  I told my mother about it last time I was visiting and she refused to believe that they existed and that people used them. 

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Ugh!  How much do they think we distrust our family members to use the towels only on clean hands?  And if a family member is sick, wouldn't I catch it in some other way?

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this product add irritated me almost as much as the one that suggested we use throwaway dishes everyday.

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You scoff but I know MANY people who think paper plates and cups and plastic utensils are a viable option if you don't like doing dishes.  They think I'm a giant weirdo for not owning any of that or any paper towels or napkins or tissues.


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I read about these on another message board I go to, and I had no idea what they were talking about.  They were talking about how great they were, etc., etc.  And I had no clue.  And then somebody gave me a link or explained it, and I think I may have sat at the computer with my jaw dropped open.  I saw them in the store and couldn't believe my eyes!  I told my mother about it last time I was visiting and she refused to believe that they existed and that people used them. 

 

This commercial is about generating a need where there wasn't one before. All commercials are. This one seems to be pretty successful. Probably took a lot of money to put it on, plus the rest of the marketing around this product.

 

We greens need to become more clever about packaging our green message so that more people in the mainstream accept it. We're up against some very deep pockets of companies that are working to make those pockets even deeper.  But we need to fight back.

 

Truthfully, I haven't seen the commercial: we have no tv.  I consider it my act of civil disobedience.

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Here in Sweden, most public restrooms have something similar. Which makes sense, considering all the people coming and going and drying their hands. But at home? *shakes head* A container of old fashioned cotton handkerchiefs, and a basket for the used ones lined with a mesh laundry bag, works just as well to contain germs. Just pop the whole thing in the washing machine with the other whites at a high temperature and there you go. I can almost guarantee that by turning the tap off, before drying your hands, you will have picked up all those germs you avoid by using a disposable towel anyhow. Same issue I have with those hygienic soap dispenser thingies...you still need to touch the tap after you have washed your hands to turn it off.

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This is BIZARRE.

 

People always think I'm weird for not having any paper towels in my home. I haven't had them in years -- I just use dish towels to clean up any spills, or old rags for *really* gross jobs (like cleaning up my cat's hairballs). I think buying my groceries on a bike or on foot makes a big difference for me... I have to pick what I really need based on how much I can carry. Paper towels are unwieldy to carry when I already have an easy alternative at home!


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I love how you deal with the washing of your hand towels. I think I will try that idea for when we have company especially.
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Here in Sweden, most public restrooms have something similar. Which makes sense, considering all the people coming and going and drying their hands. But at home? *shakes head* A container of old fashioned cotton handkerchiefs, and a basket for the used ones lined with a mesh laundry bag, works just as well to contain germs. Just pop the whole thing in the washing machine with the other whites at a high temperature and there you go. I can almost guarantee that by turning the tap off, before drying your hands, you will have picked up all those germs you avoid by using a disposable towel anyhow. Same issue I have with those hygienic soap dispenser thingies...you still need to touch the tap after you have washed your hands to turn it off.
Good point about soap dispenser, I hadn't considered that before.
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