A Paper Towel Holder

For the most part, I try not to use paper towels. I’d rather use thin dish towels and cloth napkins, as opposed to throwing away something that is going to make more methane gas in our overcrowded landfills. But sometimes it’s unavoidable, like for wiping up anything greasy, drying poultry, or cleaning after the cat’s nervous affliction. I’m finding a need for a paper towel holder.

I particularly like the whimsical Michael Graves version with its bunny ears popping out of the top like a magician’s hat. Or am I reading too much into this, and they’re just design-y phallic protuberances? The base is sort of fat at 7 1/4″ in diameter, taking up quite a bit of precious counter space. Squidged in the corner, it may not make a difference, but it makes its presence known.

For something more discreet, the Ikea Ordning is only 5 3/8″ in diameter and only $7.99. Even more discreet is the Euro Paper Towel Holder, which looks like an attenuated paper clip, or one of those things that holds receipts at the cash register at the diner.

What I definitely don’t need is the iTouchless automatic paper towel holder. A germaphobe’s dream that dispenses towels without having to touch the rest of the roll, I see the logic, I see the niche in the market place, it just strikes me as excessive. Sure to be a best seller in Sky Mall.

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