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post #161 of 440
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Originally Posted by rere View Post
Ok,so the family cloth has left my daughter and I.... ummm....irritated.

Any ideas?
We had the same problem, and were using tea tree oil in a spray. The TTO is too much for us, even just a tiny bit. We're using them either dry or with water. I'd avoid TTO or any other potential irritant. Also, as a green tip, you can use a peri bottle or small cup of water to rinse yourself off, then pat dry with a cloth which you can then reuse. Saves on laundry and is a very nice clean.
post #162 of 440
okay,,,i've finally convinced and I'm going to cut us some wipees (will use pinking shears and t shirts, great idea) tonight when I get home,,,I didnt realize it could feel cleaner and the thing that really convinced me is not having the little pieces of TP left over, SO has commented on that before and I felt very----> I'll think we will start using it for,,,dd had trouble wiping #2,maybe this will help.


i'm curious if any of youcarry them with you when you go out?

blessings~
post #163 of 440
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Originally Posted by mystic~mama View Post
okay,,,i've finally convinced and I'm going to cut us some wipees (will use pinking shears and t shirts, great idea) tonight when I get home,,,I didnt realize it could feel cleaner and the thing that really convinced me is not having the little pieces of TP left over, SO has commented on that before and I felt very----> I'll think we will start using it for,,,dd had trouble wiping #2,maybe this will help.


i'm curious if any of youcarry them with you when you go out?


blessings~
I do, however it's for my ds. I have thought about this often, I'm sure there are people who do it. I'm usually wearing ds#2 with toddler in tow, so this would not be very easy. Maybe when the situation changes a little. It is difficult to do it at home, all soft and such, then go out in the the store facilities, it's always very scratchy in comparison.

It's sooooooo much easier wiping little booties with wetted wipes. Definately more efficient.
post #164 of 440
i cut out wipes this evening using a few very soft shirts that i never wore and used my pinking shears, it was fun made some little squirt bottles of wipe stuff to use,one bathroom has this built in magazine rack by the toilet so it works perfect for holding the wipes and even the wet bag hangs by its string there ,,,dd didnt look at me to funny when I told her we are going to use these wipes now, she is a crunchy little fairy herself
post #165 of 440
Wow. When I was little I had a little cylinder shaped thing in my doll house that I wrapped cloth around to make it look like toilet paper. I always joked and said they had to wash it and use it over and over. Didn't know people really did this!!

I don't think I could do that for BMs. For a baby or toddler yes, but eww, couldn't do it other than that (especially if sick with flu.)

I have been using cloth menstrual pads for a couple months now though and really like them. I can see using cloth for pees and especially for menses (that is when I use the most TP it seems) We seem to go through TP so fast and I know it is mostly me!! I think if you are organized and careful about cleaning them properly and having an appropriate place in the bathroom to keep the cloths (used) it is a great idea. My husband would probably think it is so gross, but I could start and use the same containers I have for my pads and he wouldn't have any idea TP really hurts sometimes as it sticks to my girl body parts kwim? Just using cloth part time would really cut back on our TP use and the cost. I think it's worth it.

After this my goal would be to cloth diaper my toddler. I had given up on it because I bought cheap cloth diapers and they weren't that great (thought I still had to use pins!!!) Ha.. Then I thought he would potty train soon......... not working.

I've also considered using handkerchiefs again part time. Sometimes I wonder if I'm allergic to the tissues. I go through boxes and boxes.........
post #166 of 440
For those that are put off by family cloth for #2 I recommend running an experiment.

Next time you go #2 wipe as well as you can with regular tp. Then when you're sure you've gotten yourself clean wipe with a wet family cloth.

Look at the stuff that was still on you. Sure- maybe it doesn't hit your underwear. But it still grows bacteria and who wants to think that their SO might see/smell *that* in their most intimate moments?

I am a convert. My butt is cleaner than the Presidents!
post #167 of 440
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Originally Posted by chainedangel View Post
For those that are put off by family cloth for #2 I recommend running an experiment.

Next time you go #2 wipe as well as you can with regular tp. Then when you're sure you've gotten yourself clean wipe with a wet family cloth.

Look at the stuff that was still on you. Sure- maybe it doesn't hit your underwear. But it still grows bacteria and who wants to think that their SO might see/smell *that* in their most intimate moments?

I am a convert. My butt is cleaner than the Presidents!
On that note, your so right. I guess I am not nearly as grossed out as some folks about this. When I say "nearly" I mean not at all. I feel like a princess cleaning with cloth. I absolutely can't stand tp anymore. Sometimes, out of habit, I will grab the tp and instantly regret it.: #1-#10, I love cloth.
post #168 of 440
Just to subscribe......I think I want to do this.
post #169 of 440
Well I would really love to do this but I need some very specific questions answered.

Please see the thread that I have started in this section!
post #170 of 440
cloth is great! I have in my bathroom what DD calls my "butt bottle", its just a bottle filled with water that I rinse with after pee and BM's, then pat dry with the cloth. It's a great system when you have your period too. You can rinse off all the dried blood and all that and feel fresh and clean.
post #171 of 440
How do you rinse with the water?
post #172 of 440
I don't know if anyone mentioned this (long thread!) but I am just starting to use cloth for myself and I use the wipes I use with ds. Lots of people recommend t-shirts but my favorite is an old flannel sheet, cut up. My parents had some kicking around. They don't need hemming either. Since ds is still in diapers, the bag-in-pail does double duty.
post #173 of 440
As noted earlier, I recently switched to cloth for myself. I use it for pee mostly. I don't want to deal with really gross poops in my pail so I do a combo. When I go #2, I wipe the first one or two times with paper to get the messiest stuff off. Then I finish with warm, wet cloth - I run it under the sink right there until i am really clean - then finish with dry cloth. Dh still uses tp but we use so much less without me using it most of the time.
post #174 of 440
Until I saw this thread, I thought I was the only person who would want to do this... I haven't actually started yet, but mentioned it to DH when we started CDing. Why not? He thought it was weird, like the DHs some of you have (I read the first page or so of posts...). But I think I will start using them for myself, and see if he joins in. I can't wait to read the rest of this thread!! (Oh, and BTW, I think DH will get into it... he's so good about "gross stuff; he even washes my cloth pads sometimes!) :
post #175 of 440
Erika - They sell peri bottles for after birth, but any old sports bottle with a squirt top will do. I buy an occasional bottled Poland Spring for the bottle, drink the water and then voila! You can either spray yourself down, or the cloth. I don't use cloth much yet for my own poo, but I am loving it for pee and we use SO MUCH LESS tp now!
post #176 of 440
ok, so I have a question... If you don't have a sanitize cycle on your washer, short of adding a little bleach, you aren't totally disinfecting your wipes. So if someone say has some sort of issue down yonder (e.g. a UTI or a yeast infection), will that potentially spread to the rest of the fam? Has anyone had this issue? I'm wondering if we should be using a tiny bit of bleach every wash.
post #177 of 440

I don't think this is too much of an issue

It seems to me that "germs" or whatever would also get on your underwear, and we do not sanitize those. This refers to PP.
post #178 of 440
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Originally Posted by BambooMama View Post
ok, so I have a question... If you don't have a sanitize cycle on your washer, short of adding a little bleach, you aren't totally disinfecting your wipes. So if someone say has some sort of issue down yonder (e.g. a UTI or a yeast infection), will that potentially spread to the rest of the fam? Has anyone had this issue? I'm wondering if we should be using a tiny bit of bleach every wash.
Ack! No bleach! Bleach is toxic!

Add a little vinegar to the wash, that should totally take care of any problems you have IRT washing wipes!

I don't have a sanitize cycle on my machine. Right now wipes go in with dipes. When we're no longer using dipes they'll go in with my mama pads and towels. I do a cold rinse, hot wash and another cold rinse. Simple.
post #179 of 440
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Originally Posted by ErikaLeigh View Post
How do you rinse with the water?
Erika! Fancy seeing you here!:

I'd use a peri bottle, sports bottle or a mini shower (you can find them on CDing shops) Easy
post #180 of 440
Thanks sweets!!
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