How To Ditch Paper Products and Go Paper Free

Here are my easy and frugal methods of going paper-free – a little way to save trees, money and our planet! You can learn how to ditch paper towels, toilet paper, disposable diapers, paper napkins and more and make your own at home using cloth you may already have.

How to Go Paper Free By Ditching Paper Products in Your Home

One way I have chosen to life a more green lifestyle (it’s a journey – not 100% there yet!), is by ditching paper products from around the house. It is not easy to do as we were so accustomed to the convenience of paper, but it’s really starting to take a toll on our planet and I don’t like throwing things away. I used to think people like my depression-era great-grandmas who would keep things like aluminum foil, plastic baggies and yogurt containers to reuse them were so weird and old-fashioned, and now I’ve turned into them! I realize now they totally had the right idea and I saw the err of my wasteful ways.

This is an easy way to also start living a more green, earth-friendly lifestyle. I found that once I eliminated one paper product, it became easier and easier to eliminate more! So start small, educate yourself, and try to take on one thing at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be making your great-grandma proud, too!

Here are the ways (in order of easiest to hardest to adjust in your lifestyle) I’ve been able to ditch all the paper products in our house for cloth – with NO SEWING!

How to Switch to All Cloth Napkins with No Sewing

Paper Napkins – How We Ditched Paper Napkins and Went to Only Cloth with No Sewing


Switch from Paper Towels to Cloth with no Sewing

Paper Towels – How We Ditched the Paper Towels and Went to Cloth


Homemade, All-Natural Disinfecting Wipes Tutorial

Disinfecting Wipes – Homemade Reusable Disinfecting Wipes


Homemade Cloth Baby Wipes

Baby Wipes – Homemade Cloth Baby Wipes {no sew tutorial}


DIY Wool Dryer Balls to Replace Fabric Softener Sheets

Dryer Sheets – DIY Wool Dryer Balls (From Wool Roving)


Switch to Toilet Cloth

Toilet Paper – How We Ditched the Toilet Paper and Went to Toilet Cloth

Complete Cloth Diapering Guide

Disposable Diapers – Complete Cloth Diapering Guide – Intro (part 1)

About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. great post about going green, but…. i don’t know if i can handle the toilet cloths yet:)!
    you are right however, once you begin to eliminate paper products one at a time, you forget you ever had them. except when you walk past the items in the grocery store & you realize you don’t need to pay for that any more. my family & i have been using cloth napkins, bathroom & kitchen towels for several years now. i hate paying $1.00 for a roll of napkins. hmmm…toilet wipes are sounding pretty good as i think about the $7.49 “sale price” we paid for 12 rolls of toilet paper.
    have a very blessed day

  2. Jennifer nichols says:

    What do you do when you have guests????? For family cloth….

    • LOL, Jennifer. I do address that in the actual post, but basically, I do always keep paper rolls in the house and in the guest bathroom for guests. I do not expect guests to understand or to use my cloth if they don’t want to :).

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