Dump Your Tissue Box for Handkerchiefs

| 2/20/2015 11:44:00 AM

Erin SheehanI have a habit I know many people think is gross, but I’m hooked. I admit it: I use hankies. I haven’t used Kleenex in more than 20 years. I am a little self-conscious about it. Sometimes I wonder what people think when I whip a handkerchief out of my pocket, unfold it and blow away, then – back it goes in my pocket! Not to the garbage. Sorry, onlookers!

I am very fortunate to have a large stash of pretty, vintage ladies’ hankies. Some belonged to my mom and grandmother. Some came from a close family friend. Years ago women embroidered and tatted beautiful designs on hankies. They are nice to look at and nicer to use than tissues.


There are lots of reasons to drop your tissue box. First, you will save money. Not a lot, but little things have a way of adding up. At $1.50 a box, even if you only use two or three boxes a month, you’ll save enough to buy some super-duper dirt for your container garden, seeds, and maybe even a new watering can if you need one. No more carrying in boxes of tissues from the store, and you never have to worry about running out of hankies!

Using handkerchiefs saves resources. It doesn’t use trees and keeps tissues out of the landfill. It does use a little water for washing, but we’re doing laundry anyway. A couple of hankies a week don’t really add significantly to our wash loads.


7/17/2018 7:48:26 AM

My 30-something daughter adores vintage hankies. I’m always picking some up for her in shops for very cheap. She likes to 1. Carry her own 2. Gift them to an emotional friend. “That’s okay, just keep it” when the friend tries to hand it back after use. Apparently that is an age full of drama. Also, she had me edge some printed ones on the sewing machine to sell. And sell they did at $6/piece. They do well at shows.

7/29/2016 1:09:09 AM

Thank you. I thought my husband and I were the only ones who found hankies work better! No more dissolving tissues with muck on our hands. Honestly, the most expensive tissues doubled can't withstand a proper single blow. Our parents were sure smart with this one! While we're on the topic of cloth...I'm one lady who prefers to use small face cloths instead of toilet tissue. Thankfully there are many more ladies (and gentlemen) who prefer to do the same. Sooooo much nicer, cleaner, safer and guaranteed not to tear at the wrong time!! Fantastic for a greener world, fuller pocketbook, healthier hygiene and that's what it's all about, after all!

2/27/2015 1:22:31 PM

Hi Mary - you are so funny! I know, lots of people can't believe hankies are part of my life, but they are! Since 1991 and I'm not going back. I wonder when Kleenex were invented?

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