Bill Crim wrote:Toilet paper feels like one of those situations where we really don't need to optimize it out of our lives. The entire purpose of toilet paper is that it is so blindingly cheap to make, and so little material is used in the process, that it is the MOST cost effective solution. When I am talking about toilet paper, I mean regular plain toilet paper. Single-ply Scott toilet paper, designed for speptic tanks, is really the minimum amount of paper to cover the task at hand.
If you are balking at the 3-ply Charmin blankets that pass as toilet paper, try the plain, single-ply paper designed for speptic tanks. You will realize how truly insignificant the cost/materials/impact are when talking about the impact of toilet paper.
Mick Fisch wrote: A more serious problem would be what to do during a menstrual period. Comfort, ease of use and lack of impact on activity are really vital in this situation. (I don't speak from experience, but I've been married a long time and have six daughters, (the youngest is 16), so I have had some second hand exposure to this problem.
Anonymous wrote:I would prefer using washable clothes because aside from its recyclable, we were used to use it since then.
Jami McBride wrote:Want to conserve on TP - then why not washable rags? Cheep washcloths can be found at discount stores and garage sales, cut up into one-use sizes and washed/reused.
These can be misted with a spray bottle for a wet-wipe functionality.
The wash water can then be applied to ones compost or trees if proper natural soap is used.
we started using cloth about 2 years ago- in conjunction with tp and our composting toilet- big savings- people think we are nuts too- but we just bought 3 -10 packs of colored washcloths at walmart 5$/pk cheapest tp we ever bought - 1 small load a week and they double as feminine pads as needed- if we got more still would be same 1 load maybe every 2 weeks- YES has saved us
Marianne McCoy wrote: I made the switch to cloth about a month ago. Once you get a system down, it's not bad at all. I just cut up a few old t-shirts (cut off the logos and paint goobers). I stuff the clean ones in a tissue box for easy dispensing. I have a plastic coffee canister with water and a bit of vinegar for the used rags.
When it comes to ...; (okay, poo), sometimes I use TP on the first pass, then follow up with wet cloth as the sink is close enough to reach. Those cloths get semi washed in the sink before I put them in the cannister.
On laundry day, I drain the cannister, add water, put the lid back on and shake the canister. I usually do this a couple times, sometimes adding a shot or two of foam soap to the can. That way it all gets a pre-wash before going in with the regular clothes.
I think people need to remember that there isn't that much urine on the cloth. These aren't soaked like diapers.
I still keep TP on the spindle so I don't freak out any visitors..
Mariah Wallener wrote:Family cloth is the name for cloth toilet paper. Ours are two-ply squares of cotton cloth, serged together at the edges, about 5 x 5 inches. I made a bunch myself from some old men's flannel shirts I bought at a thrift store.... We have an old wet bag (a bag used for cloth diapers) hanging in the bathroom and the used wipes go there.
Lisa Paulson wrote:Forgive me if this topic is addressed elsewhere, I tried to search. Today I awoke with the question why do people use toilet paper in summer?...Well Toilet paper is convenient and I am not suggesting boycotting it entirely...but it seems to me to be saving a lot of resources and saving money.
Lisa Paulson wrote:
Here is a post by Rob Greenfield that I enjoyed about 10 ways to wipe your butt for free (alternatives to toilet paper):