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Have I mentioned that I have OCD? I don’t recall. Either way, I do and it’s mild. My flavor tends toward germs (not dirt. Love me some dirt!) and chemical aversion. In particular, I think of snot as the vector of disease (it’s the favored carrier of many viruses), so you may be surprised to find out that I LOVE to use handkerchiefs. If I could, I would single-handedly bring hankies back. Please, allow me to convince you. Yes, ew, snot. I know, but you don’t understand the power of the hankie.

1. Handkerchiefs hold snot better than facial tissues. I am a snot factory, and when I blow, I can demolish a tissue. I have yet to demolish a hankie.

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Do not be deceived by appearances. This is a powerful piece of fabric.

2. One handkerchief can hold as much snot as a travel packet of tissues. No, really. I’ll show you.

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When you open your hankie, you can get several blows in that top inch.

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Then fold that top inch down and use the fresh surface for your next act of destruction.

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Whenever your current mucus session is over, simply fold it up for later.

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I use mine all the way down, always on a clean, snot-free surface.

3. A freshly ironed handkerchief is a magical thing. Okay, my husband thinks I’m crazy here, but it’s true. I iron so little that we don’t even have an ironing board, but I love a fresh pressed hankie. They are warm and crisp. Then I lay them on top of a lavender sachet, and they smell like lavender (provided I can smell at the time) whenever I use them. Pure magic.

4. Handkerchiefs save money and are a green option. Buying a pack costs around $10-$20 (I like the bamboo ones, which are on the higher end, but they are so soft). A bulk pack of travel tissues cost around $5, but then you have to buy them over and over. The hankies just get thrown in the wash with my whites.

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Even the kitty approves.

5. Handkerchief is fun to say, and it is even more fun to produce one “with a flourish”. This last one may seem like a bit of a stretch, but go on, say it. Say, “handkerchief.” That felt good didn’t it? Now, go buy yourself some.

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