Two years ago I wrote a blog post about things that I wouldn’t do to save money because they are too gross. Well, it looks like I have to eat my words.
Since we have been home for the summer my husband noticed how much toilet paper we were going through. It quickly became evident that I was the culprit. Toilet paper is expensive and I also began to feel guilty about all of the paper that was being wasted. I read a few blogs and discovered some people who used “family cloth.” Family cloth is reusable toilet paper made from fabric that you wash instead of flush. Some people use it for just #1 and some people use it for all of their bathroom needs.
I realized since I plan to cloth diaper my future children, using family cloth just for #1 really would be much easier. At first, I thought I would sew some cloth like this blogger did. But I don’t have a sewing machine and it would be a lot of work. I stumbled onto another blog and found the perfect no sew solution: old t-shirts. I cut up some old t-shirts into strips about the size of two toilet paper squares. They don’t need to be sewn since they don’t unravel. I keep them in a basket on the back of my toilet. Total cost: $0.
So far I really like using family cloth. It’s a lot softer and really not a hassle. I toss the used ones in a bag and wash them with my regular laundry in a mesh laundry bag. It doesn’t smell since it is only pee and we have saved a TON of toilet paper.
I suppose this whole thing has taught me a valuable lesson about never saying never and how things that seem hard to do or inconvenient can actually end up being pretty easy.
Do any of you use family cloth? Would you consider using it?