I grew up with cloth napkins. But when my kids were little I couldn’t quite face the idea of adding cloth napkins to my weekly laundry rotation. But it killed me that we were going through so many paper towels and napkins. So I asked my friends on Facebook and Twitter, who assured me that using cloth napkins is hardly any extra work and that if you take them out of the dryer and fold them pretty quickly, no ironing is required. In fact, none of them ironed their napkins. Phew!
Now I am a total convert to cloth napkins, even with kids. The kids love choosing their colorful napkins, and I just toss them in with the rest of the laundry that I do on Sundays, and fold them on the top of the washing machine when they’re dry. We have also discovered that napkins don’t need to be washed every time we use them. If there is no visible schmutz on the napkins, we each hang our own napkin over the back of our chairs to use again next time (thanks to Lorie Marrero of the Clutter Diet for that tip!).