We've been using "family cloth" for urine for about a year now. I find it much more comfortable than TP.
It actually started when we wanted to conserve water and instituted a "If it's yellow, let it mellow" plan. This only worked if we used cloth b/c after a few people had gone pee and wiped there was too much TP and it would clog.
For bowel movements I admit to being addicted to my kids' flushable wet wipes. Except we don't flush them b/c they aren't as biodegradable as you'd think. They clogged up our trailer pretty good and now we're on septic. So they go in the waste. I need to find an alternative however since they are probably more resource-intensive than TP and cost more. It's just that after several years of cloth diapering I was really done with handling feces!
Just found this useful article yesterday
[size=10pt]An Alternative to Toilet Tissue[/size]
(Note: The following information about an alternative to toilet tissue is being presented for educational purposes only.)
During a long-term hard times event, what will you do if you completely run out of toilet tissue?
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Ok, I guess that would work.... the part that kinda doesn't make sense is the "During a long-term hard times event" It seems that a lot of the things taken as being available during this event (running water?) may be scarcer than TP... Personally, I think this one will not be the top of the list of problems.
This thread is not about listing what is most important in "hard times", just simply to figure out a good alternative to TP. If you find yourself in hard times and you don't have water, personal hygien won't be an issue.
That was my point, you say it much better and with less space. Look at the post I answered.... which was talking hard times.... but still talking flush toilets.
I've never used toilet paper while living in India - water is their choice, I'm trying to bring that back home
Ok, just wondering if you were in a dry part of India and how much water was used. That is, how well would that translate to drought? The sand mentioned above didn't really appeal to me. I have seen sprayers(direct from city water) next to toilets, but that doesn't work well with composting/sawdust. A window wash type bottle? I guess I asking how much water does it take?
Just a regular bottle of water or any kind of container will do.
Form a cup with your left hand put some water in it and wash repeat.
500ml bottle water will do.
When trekking that is the amount of water I usually use.
Dale Hodgins wrote: If you've ever wondered why they invented toilet paper just go out into the forest and look for any vining plant which has shiny leaves in groups of three. Wipe your butt with this and see what happens :-)
solomon martin wrote:Yeah its kind of pervy maybe, I brought it up only because I read some ethnological accounts of Native Alaskans having to club dogs away to relieve themselves in peace. The huskies would try to get at it before it froze.