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My grampa had hankies and now I do too.

I finally bought real hankies. After searching a few thrift stores and being disappointed by the prices and selection I found a brand-new set at Value Village for only $1.99. Below are some reasons to have hankies.

If drinking out of real glasses, drying your hands on real towels and using real cutlery seems nice to you maybe using a hanky instead of tissue is an idea.You could have a lot of fun with your hankies.Just make sure you don’t share your hankies… and please wash them.There are definitely some cool hanky choices out there. My preference is for mens hankies because they are a bit bigger. I would recommend buying either organic cotton, hemp or (prefered) finding “never been used, new in box” hankies at local thrift stores. It’s very easy to find new hankies at thrift stores. I guess there are a lot of people who were given them but never bothered to take them out for a test drive. Just shop around to find a style and price that fits you. Some people even make their own hankerchiefs with old sheets. I’m not feeling that creative at this time. I would consider doing it if I had a serger though.

I’m looking for a hundred and one ways to use your hanky. I’ll start… drying your hands in public bathrooms, fixing makeup smudges and mopping up milk moustaches! Now it’s your turn!


Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. -Frederic Chopin


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


4 thoughts on “My grampa had hankies and now I do too.

  1. Are those embroidered hankies? They sure are pretty… I’ve been thinking about carrying around some reusable cloths in our stroller to make use of when we are out and about. At home, we use flat cloth diapers for a lot of things including hand towels, cleaning cloths, and dusting. They are as durable as heck and the price is right, they are about $2 each. They also work great for furoshiki – I wrap my oldest son’s lunch in them! I love a versatile and eco-friendly product. 🙂

    Posted by Erin | March 8, 2012, 7:31 pm
    • Yes, I now own something embroidered. I’m really happy with the design. I think the size and thickness will be perfect for putting in my purse, diaper bag or pocket. Cloth diapers and inserts are great! I always pack cloths when I go places with the kids. Someone’s face always gets dirty!

      Posted by stephanieough | March 8, 2012, 8:15 pm
  2. Thanks for posting about this Stephanie, we are also looking at ways to use less paper around the house – including using hankies instead of tissues, cloth napkins rather than paper serviettes or napkins. You can find us here 🙂 http://blog.ecostore.co.nz/2012/04/23/quick-tips-for-reducing-waste-tip-1-paper-towels-and-serviettes/

    Posted by Melanie | April 25, 2012, 9:23 pm

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