Family Cloth Revisited -or- I eat my words

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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?


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  1. Pamella
    June 25, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    We do! Well, my daughter and I do. I started using them close to the time my daughter potty trained. We used cloth diapers, wipes, etc (NEVER used a paper diaper on her!) and I figured that if it was good enough for her, it was good enough for me. Hubby refuses to use them. We use them for both #1 and #2 😉 I even have my daycare kiddos using them.

  2. Nicole
    June 25, 2013 / 10:33 pm

    Wow! I think it's great that you have the daycare kids using it, too! That's so much paper you're saving. Awesome!

  3. Anonymous
    July 8, 2013 / 5:52 am

    Just started & love it. I use old cotton t's & pjs that have been partially upcycled. I'm mostly just doing it for #1 & Kleenex, but I've also added a water-witch hazel spray every time. So much more comfy. It's not gross, quite the opposite! But I am still in the family cloth closet. Kids would really prefer this for tender skin.

  4. Nicole
    July 9, 2013 / 11:16 pm

    I don't blame you for being in the "family cloth closet." I was really uncertain about putting it out on the internet. It's really personal, you know? I had the same reservations about my period posts.

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    March 7, 2014 / 2:39 am

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    May 1, 2014 / 12:47 am

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