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People Are Ditching Toilet Paper And Getting Reusable Cloth Rolls

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I love helping the environment and looking for things to make the world better, but this is something I am generally concerned about. I just don’t know if I can get on board with reusable toilet cloth rolls.

Reusable Cloth Rolls

People are ditching toilet paper and instead are using these reusable cloth toilet paper and I don’t know how I feel about that.

How do these things even work?

Usually, with normal toilet paper, you either fold or crinkle it, wipe and throw it down the toilet. So how do you use these things?

Do you simply have to use a little corner at a time and let it hang there? Does it dry and that’s how it is reusable?

It simply does not make any sense at all to me!

To me, using reusable cloth seems so much messier.

Sometimes these rolls are all sewn together, making this all the more complicated.

If you are in a big family, do you all share, or does every member have their own?

Cloth Toilet Paper

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I feel like it would make the bathroom smell worse than it already does. Unless, you have a bunch of these cloths and use them one at a time. To me, that is not worth the headache.

If you are reusing these, doesn’t it just mean you are spending a lot of money on laundry soap and other products? Not to mention all the water as well. Isn’t that just as bad as toilet paper?

What are your thoughts? Is this something you would do? I think I will pass and do something else to help save the planet.

If you do want to start using reusable toilet paper, here are lots them on Etsy.

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My daughter has very sensitive skin and has been using flannel cloths for wiping for years at her doctor’s suggestion.   She puts her once used wipes in a small hamper just for them.  She also uses wet wipes when needed.   No problem, just wash flannel wipes in hot water with a little bleach and use over and over.

I used CLOTH diapers for my 1971 baby. The kind that was NOT prefolded. I would slosh the poo off in the toilet bowl using rubber gloves, then wring the diaper out and drop it into the diaper pail that held a solution of bleach and soap for presoaking. Every morning, I’d dump the pail into the washer and set on spin. Then run them through a complete wash cycle on hot water with detergent and bleach. White thin cotton squares strung out on the clothesline t o dry in 2 hours and sun sweeten. M-m-m-m they smelled of fresh air & sunshine. Then I would lay them out to fold individually. My MIL taught me the newborn size triangle. As the baby grew the diaper was folded larger and larger. Oh yeah, a plastic diaper cover pants with elastic legs.
SO… the cheap wash cloths could be used once and managed the same way. It’s sanitary but less work than my grandma’s tub and rub board.

I had cloth Birdseye diapers, not prefolded, for my daughter back in ’84.  I had to wash them by hand in the bathtub…..we were on AFDC at the time.  I washed them, rung them out, and hung them on the line all year long.  Folding them was a challenge… 4, folded in 3rds, they were still too big for her! I had to because she’d wet through it in about an hour!  Plastic pants that small were a definite challenge, too.  I used the plastic lined ones from premie sets on her.  She was 6 pounds, 11 ounces and 19 inches long.  Just a tiny little thing for a full term baby!

Bidet would make more sense and less wasteful, but still different and haven’t tried it yet so not sure personally!

I recently had a bidet installed on both my toilets. Love love it. Highly recommend it. Look on Amazon for the one you like. Mine was $40 and installation was 15 minutes. Still need about 4-5 squares of tp to dab fry. These cloth wipes will be perfect.

These would be great for those of us using bidets.  

The most efficient way to use these cloths is in combination with a bidet. You can order an affordable travel bidet (squeeze bottle) from Amazon. That way all the poo and pee is rinsed away and your only using cloth for drying purposes.

In many European countries there is a low sink in the bathroom called a “bidet”. You can wash your intimate body parts in it. In Muslim countries there is a water faucet with a hose next to the toilet. People clean themselves with water instead of using paper.

We bought a $30 bidet off Amazonand put it on our toilet when the great toilet paper run happened. I ordered a bunch of microfiber cloths. We keep them folded up on the back of the toilet and once used get tossed into a basket. The bidet does all the cleaning so the cloths are not smelly, mostly just for drying. My husband won’t go without one now.

Using a bidet in combination with small microfiber cloths to dry yourself is less work and more than making this goofy toilet paper roll. You can put a wicker basket with a cloth liner in your bathroom and then just throw everything in the washer.

The people that are puppies to the media just might go for this. Which is ok it leaves more biodegradable toilet paper for the rest of us. 
Some people can be played like a fiddle.

It’s not just the biodegradable factor; we’re killing trees to make the paper. My hubs worked for a top company that makes toilet paper but I would still give this a shot if he would be willing to give it a try.

“Puppies” (I’m assuming you mean “sheep”) are generally the ones who stick with mainstream thinking and conventional ways of doing things. Those of us using cloth are far less affected by toilet paper shortages like we’ve seen in the past year or so.

At least toilet paper is bio degradable. I’m more concerned about using too much plastic as opposed to to much paper.

In combination with a bidet, reuseable cloth wipes are GREAT. Even with a bidet wash, I still use toilet paper to dry the back end (and it takes a lot less), and only use the cloth on the front end. Put the used ones in a trash can lined with the mesh bag they get laundered in, and just include them with regular laundry. They don’t take so much space that you use any more soap and water than normal. 

In my house, I’m the only one who used my bathroom, but with families, each having their own cloths is probably a good idea. Assign everyone their own pattern or color.

Hell no! That’s disgusting!

Its so much more important to have disposable toilet paper that doesn’t smell bad, than to save the planet and all its inhabitants….