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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Nest.

In this Badge Bit, you will setup a cloth napkin system.  (Note that this BB is part of an 8-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Jeeves List. You must complete eight Badge Bits in the Jeeves List.)



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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - set up a cloth napkin system
      - dirty napkin basket (with labels)
      - clean napkin storage

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a picture of where the dirty cloth napkins go
   - a picture of where clean napkins are stored
   - a description of how the cloth napkins are cleaned
   - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
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About half a year ago, I made this little box to hold all our napkins. Once they are dirty, they go in our rag bag, which gets washed every few day, as we generate a lot of dirty napkins, towels and rags cleaning up after our kids. The rag bag and it's napkins get washed with a little bit extra detergent than a normal load, and if things are really messy in there, I wash it on hot to help remove the grease and gunk in the rags, napkins, etc.

Dirty napkins being put into rag bag:



Our napkin box:

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napkin box
napkin box
Staff note (Mike Barkley) :

I certify this BB is complete.

 
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They are washed at the same time as the towels. Dark towels don't risk stains.
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Dirty rags and napkins.
Dirty rags and napkins.
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The clean napkin box.
The clean napkin box.
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I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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We love our cloth napkins! I made ours from some cute fabric scraps that I had laying around the house.
We've been using ours for a couple years now, but I had to whip up a few more last week because some of the napkins have mysteriously disappeared (napkin fairies!!)





Clean napkins live in a little basket on the kitchen table


Dirty napkins go in our small bin along with towels, washclothes and rags. They get washed with bleach, which none of our other laundry gets.


The bin isn't labeled because we've been using this system for almost three years now and no one in the house needs the reminder of where things go anymore.
 
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Carolyne Castner wrote:We love our cloth napkins! I made ours from some cute fabric scraps that I had laying around the house.
We've been using ours for a couple years now, but I had to whip up a few more last week because some of the napkins have mysteriously disappeared (napkin fairies!!)

The bin isn't labeled because we've been using this system for almost three years now and no one in the house needs the reminder of where things go anymore.



Fixing Pics that weren't showing up!

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green napkin in progress
green napkin in progress
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finished green napkin
finished green napkin
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chevron napkin
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napkin basket
napkin basket
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dirty napkin bin
dirty napkin bin
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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We have nearly 100 cloth napkins, which seems a bit excessive for 2 guys, no matter how messy 😀

I gathered them from thrift stores and made a bunch back in 2017 for our wedding. Now, maybe 20 of them are in regular use at home, and the others are taken to local events for use instead of paper ones.

Napkins are washed in the regular laundry: cold water wash in a clothes washer, home made laundry soap, hung to dry. Unless unusually gross, in which case they might get rinsed out first, or put in a separate rag load.
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Napkins in a cupboard right by the dining table, ready for use.
Napkins in a cupboard right by the dining table, ready for use.
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Dirty napkins go in the regular laundry basket, no need for special treatment.
Dirty napkins go in the regular laundry basket, no need for special treatment.
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I certify this BB complete! I also humbly request a thread with your homemade detergent recipe

 
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Hi Kevin,

For the BB to be complete there needs to be" a description of how the cloth napkins are cleaned".

Please include this information so we can certify this BB!

Spiffy napkins though!
 
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Ashley Cottonwood wrote:For the BB to be complete there needs to be" a description of how the cloth napkins are cleaned".

Please include this information so we can certify this BB!



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My son and I are both pretty tidy eaters. Often, our napkins can get a reuse by shaking the crumbs into the compost bucket and returning the basically-clean napkin back to our spot at the table.

Truly dirty napkins (or thrice-used-basically-clean) get a shakeout over the compost bucket, and then go straight into the washing machine, until a full load gets run.

I cleaned up and labeled the clean napkin storage.
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Old system, not working, also it's so blurry, how did we see anything
Old system, not working, also it's so blurry, how did we see anything
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New clean
New clean
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Dirty goes here
Dirty goes here
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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I inherited cloth napkins, linen ones. But my dad and I had used cotton ones too. When $ got tight it was a cost saving idea I had that he approved of as it required next to no extra effort. I grew up with cloth napkins, so using them isn't different for me.

I have a holey linen table cloth I'm going to try and turn into napkins. I've never done that as sewing just isn't a skill of mine. But it's a nice piece of cloth and I want to salvage it.

We use paper towels for grease. I use rags for messes and wash them. I use old washcloths to clean the kitchen counter/cutting boards, etc. But we're not on city water and DH does NOT want the fats in the leach field, so I use paper towels and sometimes, when I have it, newspaper. What do you do with your grease and fats?  Putting them in a can doesn't answer the issue.

I have a rag system, not a napkin system. When a rag gets where I won't yell at DH if he uses it for something really nasty, I put a slash on it with a permanent marker, like "/". When it degrades to a shop rag altogether, where it will likely be tossed after its next use, it gets another slash "\" so now it looks like this: X. I use the same method for marking sheets and other cloth items. "/" means I'm not pristine, but still have life in me. "X" means I'm on my last legs and if you abuse me, I'll probably wind up in the trash.

Re cleaning napkins? We use them once and I look at them afterwards. If they're stained or icky they go in the wash. if not, they get a second use before they're washed. They're always washed with the flannel I use for dishwashing and other rags, on 'sanitize" and I only do full loads...
 
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Another BB I go for. Cloth napkins.


There's a hole in this tablecloth ... I will use it as fabric for napkins


I cut 8 napkins from the good parts of the tablecloth


Sewing the seams with my sewing machine


New napkins rolled up neatly in the closet next to the table . So this is the place for clean napkins


New napkin on the table (good combination with my tablecloth)


This is the basket where all dirty laundry goes, also dirty napkins.
How they get cleaned: like all other laundry they are washed in the washing machine. At 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). I use home-made laundry liquid (ingredients: olive oil soap, washing soda and water) or biodegradable washing detergent.


Staff note (Ash Jackson) :

Hi Inge, I could certify this if you also included, "- a description of how the cloth napkins are cleaned."

Staff note (Ash Jackson) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
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Hi Ash. I edited to add 'how they are cleaned', in the last sentence.
 
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I've collected an assortment of cloth napkins over the years. We keep most of them in a drawer in the kitchen, but we do have a wooden napkin holder my spouse made that we use to keep some accessible on the kitchen table (when it gets low we replenish it with more from the drawer). Under the sink we keep a small trash can that we've converted to a "laundry basket" for dirty kitchen linens - napkins, dish towels, dish cloths, etc. We wash the contents of that basket along with with the contents of our general towel basket (bath towels, hand towels, towels we used to dry the dog after she was out in the rain, etc.) in a washing machine on a the "energy saving" setting with laundry detergent. Usually we run the washing machine on cold unless there's something particularly greasy on something.
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Kitchen drawer where we keep clean, folded napkins.
Kitchen drawer where we keep clean, folded napkins.
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Napkin holder on the table.
Napkin holder on the table.
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Small "laundry basket" under the sink where we put dirty napkins, towels, dishrags, etc.
Small "laundry basket" under the sink where we put dirty napkins, towels, dishrags, etc.
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