Full disclosure: We stole this idea from one of our favorite breakfast places in the East Bay. We like to give credit where credit is due: So, Homemade Cafe, thanks for this one!
Last Saturday, while scarfing down a stack of blueberry pancakes, we noticed something sort of interesting. We were seated about 3 feet from where the servers were cranking out espresso drinks -- and, every time they were done making one, they took a medium-sized paintbrush and swept off the counter.
A light bulb flicked on in my brain. We've been living (mostly) without paper towels for about six months now and it's been fine. But, sometimes, cleaning the counter without a paper towel can be a pain.
However, the two main culprits dirtying our counter these days are breakfast remnants -- coffee grounds and toast crumbs.
Well, as soon as we got home we grabbed a paint brush (leftover from when we painted our bathroom) and got to sweeping. It works wonders and is a bit more convenient than using a rag every time we scatter coffee grounds across the counter.
So, if you have an unused paint brush laying around, we recommend this new cleaning strategy.