Date: 16 May 2019. Saving on
Budgets often fail not because of
extravagant purchases. A plethora of lower cost throw-away goods
bought regularly can add up to a large expense. In other words, it is
not always the big ticket items that cause a shortage of cash. One
thing I stopped buying is tissues. Brands such as Kleenex or Puffs
with Aloe were my favorites.
The main impetus is because I
washed one load too many with a tissue left in my pocket. Bits of tissue
stuck to damp clothes is simply not fun. Picking bits of tissue off
everything is a pain in the transom.
I switched over to cotton flannel torn
into 8" to 10" squares instead of store-bought paper tissues. They
work well. As a bonus, my flannel rags are much softer than even
the best aloe infused tissues. Plus I save money by not purchasing
It was not just the laundry load
with bits of tissue sticking to everything. I had also upgraded to a
better/warmer flannel nightgown. The old one was stained and I
wanted to get one more use out of the fabric. The blue nightie was
soft. It would be absorbent too.
In the previous article
What to Wear
I told you about my penchant for cutting up old shirts and turning
them into disposable work rags. Cheap paper towels costs a dollar
per roll. Old clothing that is torn, stained or otherwise
disreputable can extend its useful life by becoming in essence a
"paper" towel. Plus, the rags can be washed and reused or thrown
away. Either option is still a win.
But I digress...
As winter ends folks who used cotton flannel sheets to stay warm
donate them to thrift stores. This is the ideal time of the year to
find a selection.
Fellows should look for plaid
fabric. You've got your masculinity on the line. Don't buy hearts.
A couple years back I bought sheets
↑ with hearts. A fitted sheet
doesn't fit my bunk well, so I chopped it up.
Before purchase I feel the sheets. The fabric should
not have pills. Pills are little round balls of thread that adhere
to the cloth. Fabric like that is scratchy. Don't buy it.
Side Note: I am aware that you can
buy a gizmo similar to a razor and "shave off" the pills. I have
found that if the fabric quality isn't there in the beginning,
shaving will not ever succeed long term.
Ideally the sheet will be soft. My
skin is sensitive so I only opt for the softest fabrics.
Side Note: My fitted bottom sheet
did not fit the bunk. I cut off the elastic parts. Then I cut/tore
the fabric in half crosswise. It fits from my shoulders to the foot
of the bunk. The advantage is that I use that part as my bottom
sheet. I have successfully halved my laundry and still have a clean
Because the piece of fabric is
smaller, it is easier to wash. I always use a cover too. My
regularly washed bedding includes the hearts fabric piece you see
above, plus a cover and my pillowcase. By keeping laundry loads
small they are easier to dry inside the boat.
I am private and
prefer to keep my boat looking nice at all times.
Laundry hanging outside draws attention. I prefer not to stand out.
First, fellows need
to shop for a cotton flannel pillowcase. I would go to a
thrift store. This time of the year flannels are usually available
and on sale.
To make handkerchiefs, the easiest way is to lay out the flannel
fabric. Make little snips about 1/2 inch long every 10" or 12" along
the long side. This does not have to be exact. A pillowcase should
yield six handkerchiefs per side. Thus with one small pillowcase
you'll have an even dozen.
Next tear all the way across your
fabric. Yes, you could use scissors. For me tearing is easier plus the
edges are straighter. Flannels will tear once they are started.
After I have the long strips I turn the fabric. Then cut the flannel
pieces into Kleenex size squares.
All of mine are approximately the same size. If
you're a fellow you might want yours larger.
They also makes
nice rags for wiping my brow or neck when it is hot.
I have also dampened one with water to help keep me cool in the
Because these are made from cotton
flannel, they will be absorbent. If you need to sop up a bit of
coffee that spilled, you are ready. Need to clean your dip stick?
All set. If you are like me you will find more than a dozen uses
for these rags. Aboard Seaweed, flannel rags are an essential gear
If I did not
already have a good supply, I might consider adding a flannel sheet
to my thrift store shopping list. This is not worth paying full retail price
in my view. Still, having rags that dry quickly (faster than regular towels) is
a real boon.
having absorbent rags is Very Useful.
This is my version of Puffs with
Aloe brand tissues. They are soft, absorbent and last practically
forever. I do not hem the edges. That's just too much work.
After repeated washing the threads will start to
unravel at the edges. I just use scissors to cut off the loose
threads. Honestly though, it is easy to to do this. Plus these rags save
My skin has become thinner as I age.
I find these flannel pieces ideal.
Several are used each day. I wash at least a half dozen every other
An Update regarding my
My arm is getting better. Thankfully the pain levels are
decreasing. The bruises are fading. Thanks for the comments
and emailed notes regarding the arm. Your encouragement is so
nice. Thank you!!! J.
Thank you for reading. Happy
I'd love to know if you use disposable tissues or cloth
And, do you think "real" handkerchiefs are just a thing of the past?
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