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You can eliminate the cost of paper towels by using old cotton t-shirts for those messes. If you're a neat freak, you can cut them to a rectangular shape. You can wash the t-shirts in hot water and bleach to make them refreshed for use. Most will last for 25+ years even when washed weekly.
You'll find it quickly to clean up messes because you can absorb quicker, scrub harder and rinse out and re-use quickly.
It is often hard to clean baking dishes after baking things in the oven. I put a little water in the pan and add baking soda to make a paste. I use a small brush or a dishcloth to scrub the pan then wash it as usual to remove any residue and it comes out sparkling clean.
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