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post #201 of 440
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Originally Posted by rere View Post
Yooper you're a genius.A pillow case...that's what I need.My wet bags don't fit into my pail and I didn't like the idea of using a plastic bag everytime.It's been working fine with no pail liner but sometimes I wish I didn't have to bring the whole pail down stairs.I never thought of an old pillow case.Thanks for sharing!
You are welcome

I had to find some sort of use for the pillowcase that came with the infamous sheet set There are two actually. I rotate them so that the pail has a liner when I am washing the other one. That way I do not get strays on the bottom of the pail.
post #202 of 440
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Originally Posted by Yooper View Post
You are welcome

I had to find some sort of use for the pillowcase that came with the infamous sheet set There are two actually. I rotate them so that the pail has a liner when I am washing the other one. That way I do not get strays on the bottom of the pail.
HA!Of coarse it's the matching pillow cases!Too funny!
post #203 of 440
My boyfriend used the cloth!! I told him about it on Saturday night, and he seemed open to the idea but I wasn't sure he'd actually remember to use the cloth. Well, this morning the tp roll was empty (because he can't manage to look under the sink, lol!) and the pink wipe was missing off the top of the stack, hmm....
post #204 of 440
ACK! I hope you ladies aren't washing your wipe cloths with other laundry, especially tea towels and dish cloths. They should be washed separately and bleach should be added. Vinegar freshens and softens but it doesn't kill bacteria.
post #205 of 440
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Originally Posted by Manena View Post
ACK! I hope you ladies aren't washing your wipe cloths with other laundry, especially tea towels and dish cloths. They should be washed separately and bleach should be added. Vinegar freshens and softens but it doesn't kill bacteria.
Actually, that's not true. Vinegar does kill bacteria. From an FDA info page:

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Some people say that alcohol or vinegar can kill bacteria. Is this true?
Yes, ethanol and isopropyl alcohol and vinegar, which is an acetic acid, do kill bacteria.
....(some info about alcohol)...
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At acidic pH levels, many bacteria are inactivated by vinegar (acetic acid).
Of course, they are talking about straight vinegar (in the concentration you generally buy it from the store). So it's pretty dilute when you add it to the wash. But vinegar does kill bacteria.

I've also been told that the high heat of both water and the dryer (dried on high) will kill any bacteria.

Not to mention this little gem of knowledge. From science news.

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Think household germs, and chances are you'll think of the bathroom.

Yet when scientists from the University of Arizona in Tucson sample surfaces from kitchens and bathrooms in the same house, "consistently, kitchens come up dirtier," notes microbiologist Carlos Enriquez. This trend holds even for disease-causing germs spread by fecal contamination, such as the Escherichia coli coliform bacteria.

"We have swabbed the toilet rim, for instance, and seldom do we find fecal coliform bacteria there, surprising as that may sound," he observes.

Enter the kitchen, though, and they're everywhere--in the sponges, dish towels, sink, even on countertops. "So my boss usually jokes about it being safer eating dinner in the bathroom," he says.
At any rate, I currently wash my wipes with only other very "dirty" rags (like from cleaning the bathroom, the floors, etc).
post #206 of 440
Great thread. When we move to our new house ... I may have to implement this ... I love the almond oil, lavender, and distilled water for my wipes.
post #207 of 440
I am totally interested -- thanks for all of the great info!
post #208 of 440
Okay, I've got everything all set up in the bathrooms and ready to go. But I do have a question about making a spray to use on the wipes. I've got some almond carrier oil and some patchouli essential oil, but I have no idea of how much to use of each. I'm assuming I would add in water too. I guess my question is, how much water, how much carrier oil and how much EO??
post #209 of 440
My family has told me that I've spoiled them, they hate using TP in public/at friends.
post #210 of 440
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Originally Posted by nora--not a llama View Post
Okay, I've got everything all set up in the bathrooms and ready to go. But I do have a question about making a spray to use on the wipes. I've got some almond carrier oil and some patchouli essential oil, but I have no idea of how much to use of each. I'm assuming I would add in water too. I guess my question is, how much water, how much carrier oil and how much EO??
Hmmmm?I'm not sure about all that.You could probably search or ask over in the diapering forums what people do for their wipes.I just run the cloth under the faucet when I need to.
post #211 of 440
I also just wet mine in the sink (its in arms reach of the toilet). But if you do want a solution for your wipes, I have an easy one I use for ds cloth wipes. 1c water, 1/2T canola oil (or any kitchen oil), 1/2T babywash. The oil helps the wipe glide and keep the soap from sticking. But I don't think this would work in a spray bottle, I think it would clog fast. But if you go to the diapering board and ask the mamas what they use for their cloth wipes, I'm sure you'll get a ton of responses!
post #212 of 440
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Originally Posted by nora--not a llama View Post
Okay, I've got everything all set up in the bathrooms and ready to go. But I do have a question about making a spray to use on the wipes. I've got some almond carrier oil and some patchouli essential oil, but I have no idea of how much to use of each. I'm assuming I would add in water too. I guess my question is, how much water, how much carrier oil and how much EO??

You should check out the wipe warmer method with a wipe solution OR you should put your mix in a peri-bottle of sort. If you google wipe solution recipes you will get a lot of them.
post #213 of 440
Well - I did it, we (dd and I) made our cloth this afternoon. It was a great craft project.

Anyways - it cost me nothing. I dug deep into the cloth pile and found some old (light blue) fannel quilting squares, zipped them into 4x8 pieces. That way if we need to make a second pass we can just fold in half. I do think that some darker fabric would be better for stains (read - legit reason to go to fabric store).

I am so glad that I will not have my finger going through tp anymore! We are on a septic and are very stingy with tp

Would I be out of my mind to think...IF I use a Lavender water mist on the wipe when wiping that the mist would be anti-germy enough to hot machine wash with soap everyother day and vinegar rinse to clean them?
post #214 of 440
Just had to update. We've been using family cloth for about a week now and are loving it!!!!! My DP just used it this morning and was estatic! We all feel so much cleaner and it's great to not have to buy paper anymore and keep wasting resources.
I'd cut up some t-shirts that I'd bought very cheap at a thrift store since I didn't have any lying around here. If some people in this town knew what was happening to their old t-shirts!
WAHOOOOOOO!!!! :
post #215 of 440
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Originally Posted by RiverSky View Post
Okay, here's a question I have... even though you use hot water in your washing machine, don't you think that you are leaving tons of virulent bacteria behind and mixing it in with your other wash so that all of your towels, dishtowels, clothing have extra bits of bacteria in them now?

I did CD my children but with a diaper service, I figured their huge commercial extremely hot machines would do a much more hygienic job of cleaning the diapers than my own machine.

In theory, I think it's great but as of now, I just don't think I could ever do it... :
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post #216 of 440
We're now in week two of using family cloth and I'm loving it! All of us are on board and I only have to wash every other day or so.

I picked up two flannel sheets at a thrift store ($2 for a king and $1 for a queen) and sewed up some double thick wipes. We bought an inexpensive flip top plastic trash can and away we went! We're just using water for now and I'm using my peri bottle as well.

I was surprised that DS agreed, but he seems just fine with the idea.
post #217 of 440
i know this is old but i just wanted to say i would have never thought of using cloth tp. what a wonderful idea another reason im glad to be part of this forum!

i am going to use cloth tp for pee only i think even just doing that will save so much paper and money! husband prolly wont use it he already told me it was nasty but thats ok i dont want to wash his booty stains! Im only doing it with pee because i do my laundry by hand and its too much with the cloth diapers too. but i think it will make a big diffreance! so thanks for thei thread!
post #218 of 440
Haven't posted on this thread in a while. But, we began using cloth TP about 9mo ago, and it's so easy! We just use it for pee. I've been throwing it in with the cloth dipes and no problems at all. Well, other than when DD decided to get creative and throw a wad down the toilet on purpose!

We are cloth TP converts here!
post #219 of 440
This thread is great, and very informational! After my finals, we're definitely switching to cloth.

We actually stand to save a lot more money than the average family, because DH won't use TP at all. He will only use baby wipes. (He's used to having a bidet, baby wipes were the closest we could get.) Then I got hooked on the baby wipes too. I think we use one large package of wipes every 10 days, each costing around $6. (We use sposies right now due to a variety of logistical probs., so the wipes are also used for DS.) I'm switching everybody over to cloth in the next week or so. Good luck DH.

ETA: I love the idea of using a bean pot for the used wipes! That looks so nice.

I also enjoyed the pics posted of everybody's family cloth system - that was really helpful!
post #220 of 440
I have kind of a crazy ? but do any of you use cloth when out and about. I was wondering this because we are converting to cloth and was wondering if it is even and issue while you are out. sorry if this is a silly question. Just wondering cause we used cloth diapers and we use cloth trainers for my two boys. That would be why i ask this question. oh and by the way Yep i use cloth momma pads. hubby is not home right now due to deployment and so i will have to wait to convert him. :
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