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Cute Happy Musubi Bento and My Cool Eco-Friendly, Resuable Paper Towels

25 Jul

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OMG!  A cute bento.  I haven’t made a cute bento in awhile.  And as you can see I’m out of practice.  LOL!  I was struggling to think how I should arrange this bento.  I guess making cute bento’s is like anything else, it take practice and imagination.  🙂  This is a really basic bento, nothing fancy, I didn’t even make shoyu hot dogs, just plain hot dogs.  Poor Ms. Little Bubbles. 

The highlight of this bento (for me anyway) isn’t the actual bento.  It’s the fabric beneath the bento.  In my effort to be green and conscientious, and thanks to Pinterest, I found a reusable, eco friendly snapping paper towel set.  I know strange sounding but it’s actually pretty cool.  Luckily, my family is humoring me and using them.  I only purchased one “roll” from Mamamade on Etsy so I have to wash them with the laundry in the middle of the week.  But I’m loving how much I’m saving. They are actually pretty durable, and given I don’t have paper towels in my kitchen now, I don’t have an excuse not to use them.  I know, many of you are probably thinking “why don’t you just use towels from a drawer”.  Well, I do have towels in a drawer.  But it was still easier to rip a paper towel off and not use a towel.  So this method forces me to use them.  Plus they are pretty! 🙂

The upside to using these… I’m being eco-friendly and I will eventually save on the cost of paper towels.  The downside, if I use them with something that could stain, I need to spray them with a stain remover and if I don’t take them out of the dryer promptly, they will wrinkle (and not look as pretty as the picture below).

On a side tangent, but related to being eco-friendly, I stopped using OxyClean and other cleaners as my carpet and stain remover. Instead I started using white vinegar, water and hydrogen peroxide.  As crazy as it sounds…. it works so much better and I don’t feel guilty putting chemicals in my carpet.  The downside (because there is always one) the vinegar smell.  It’s stinky for a few minutes, but it eventually passes.  Although, I kinda like the smell.  It reminds me of my grandpa.  Growing up, vinegar was my grandpa’s cure all.  So, I’m kind of use to the smell.  LOL!  🙂

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