I decided to cut severely back on my use of disposable materials such as paper towels. I have old wash cloths that I've stacked in a closet to use as cleaning cloths. I stashed some in a drawer beside the stove instead to use instead of putting a paper towel there to catch dribbles from spoons, etc., used in cooking. I've tried using a spoon rest but didn't like trying to keep it clean. Throwing away a paper towel keeps it looking tidy. Tossing the cloth in the wash won't significantly increase washing machine wear.