The History of Paper hand towels

The Scott Paper Company invented paper towels in the 19th century roughly around the 1879 time when Irvin and Clarence Scott – two brothers from Philadelphia founded this paper company.
It turns out it was inspired a battle to tackle cold in school by a teacher who insisted that every student with a runny nose was handed a piece of soft paper so that germs wouldn’t contaminate the roller towels placed in toilets. Ingenious idea at the time but that was a eureka moment.

Paper hand towels

These perforated thick papers are now used in restaurants, hotels, public toilets amongst other high traffic hygiene areas.


What do people look for in Paper hand towels?

– Strength
– Scrubbing power
– Absorbency
– Affordability

Most modern hand towels have an added bonus, while all sheets are assumed to be single-use, the new paper hand towels are easy to rinse, wring out and reuse after wiping down a countertop.

Some of the core tasks we use the hand towels for include
– Cleaning windows and mirrors
– Scrubbing floors
– Scrubbing built-up grit and grime off surfaces
– Drying fresh fruit and vegetables after rinsing them
– Cleaning up spills and pet accidents
– Preventing splatter when microwaving food
– Wiping dry car after wash
– Polishing the furniture
– Disinfecting surfaces in house mainly kitchen and bathroom
– Most importantly, how could we forget, soaking up grease from bacon, pancakes and fried foods

Since we use a lot paper hand towel the next question is:-

Can you recycle paper towels?

Paper towels, napkins, paper plates, and tissues are all paper products, however they are never recyclable. Because they usually come in contact with food wastes, greases, and possibly bodily fluids, they are not able to be “cleaned” during the recycling process and should not be with other “clean” paper waste like magazines and copy paper. Always throw these items into the trash.

Best Overall Paper towels in the market

Three brands stood out as top-of-the-line products:

  1. Katrin
  2. Papernet
  3. Lotus

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