If the word snot offends you, don’t even bother reading…
I saw a Kleenex commercial the other day about disposable hand towels. It claimed to “keep your family clean.” My husband and I looked at each other.
“Are you kidding me?” I squealed.
“That’s the most wasteful thing I’ve ever seen. What is wrong with us?” he chimed in.
And yet, I used toilet paper to blow my nose. Well, no more. After seeing the Today Show’s clip about Bea Johnson’s zero waste family switching to handkerchiefs, I thought, why not? My grandparents used them. When did we switch over from handkerchiefs being the norm to being “gross.” Why is it gross?
And it wasn’t. I couldn’t believe it. I could use it more than once because handkerchiefs are huge and how much snot do you have in your nose, really? I wash them, and hang them on the drying rack in the back yard. They lightly dance like a child in a white cotton dress. I fold them in perfect squares and use them again.
It isn’t gross. It isn’t any more gross than eating food in another country you’ve always been taught is taboo, or relieving yourself in a hole in the ground of the African Delta. Sounds a little different at the time, but then it isn’t really.
I’m not grossed out. I’m using handkerchiefs, washing them and reusing them. And saving at least one tree from my snot.
And no, I don’t iron them. I don’t think my nose cares.
“Nose, do you care?”
(It said no.)
Ideas, stories about handkerchiefs, and others making the switch:
Using cloth handkerchiefs–a good thing or just gross? (condo-blues.blogspot.com)
Every Man Should Carry a Handkerchief (artofmanliness.com)
Using a Handkerchief Makes me Feel All Funny (lifelessplastic.blogspot.com)
Why aren’t we using handkerchiefs anymore? (www.laundrylist.org)
Eco-life Idea (rainfall8.wordpress.com)
Elftausend fur Ursula (elftausend.wordpress.com)