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post #261 of 440
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Originally Posted by niengolina View Post
I heard about this about a month ago and thought, no thanks, I'm doing my bit with CDing my youngest two. I told DH about it and he had his standard "you're turning into a hippy" response. Now that I think about it more, I'm totally going to try it! I'm an "accidental environmentalist" as I started doing all sorts of new things to save $, but now I'm actually concerned about my carbon footprint. I haven't told DH yet, but I know he'll come around. He used to say he would never co-sleep and now that we have three kids (DD and DS share a bed) he says, "can we bring Isaac and Eva into bed tonight? I miss them." My evil plan is working.... LOL! Can't wait to until he starts telling his coworkers at the fire dept about this...
VEEEEEEEERY familiar. muwhahahahaha. Sounds like we have ended up with similar evil plans. Long ago, I just started using DD's wipes for pee to save $$, and realized how little TP we actually use for #2's and DH. Even if DH's don't buy into it, we use most of the TP anyway, and, I promise you if the little basket of wipes is right next to the pot, I'd guess that someday he's going to get curious.
post #262 of 440
So far today I haven't used any TP! And I am pregnant so I pee a lot! This will be the real test because we are on our last couple of rolls so I want to see how long we can make them last! DH is the only one using TP now. I hope we can stick with it!
post #263 of 440
I'm in. I'm going to make some dry wipes for me and try to get my kids to use them for number ones. But did anyone have trouble training the kids to not throw them in the toilet as reflex? I have a feeling I'll be fishing stuff out of the pot for a few weeks

It is good to have so much company in this endeavor! And we're still washing cloth diapers so that should be easy...
post #264 of 440
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Originally Posted by veggiekicks View Post
Glad to see this thread. I'd thought about cloth TP in the past and let it slip my mind. I even mentioned it to DH a few months back and he was open to the idea, as long as we have a system that doesn't get too stinky. Now, I just need to find a wetbag and some old t-shirts.

I love using cloth wipes for ds--so much better than disposable wipes!


The concept of cloth wipes to replace TP is new. Never heard of the term "family" cloth. You know the idea of putting a family cloth in a container to wait till they get washed reminds me of something that I find very common in Mexico. In Mexico the toilets are not as well flushed as here so many Mexicans throw their TP in a wastepaper bascket rather than down the toilet.

If you ever use a public bathroom on a boarder town or a bus station near a boarder town you will notice a lot of TP tossed in the waste basket. I use to think it was strange till I went to Mexico and found it was a common practice.
post #265 of 440
I'm back to cloth in the bathroom but still need to get back in the swing. stopped when dd stopped wearing dipes but now I 'm doing dipes every other day anyway so I've got the cloth back in the bathroom. I need to remember to stick with it. My dh loves the idea - he only uses it grudgingly but he wants me to use it because he thinks my tp use is bad for the septic.

That's another argument to sway the menfolk - no clogged toilets and no septic issues if you're not flushing loads of paper down there.
post #266 of 440

Great topic

I am fascinated by this thread. The reason I am fascinated, is I have always held the opinion that toilet paper probably does not do the job for most people, and that they would be better off with baby wipes. I am not suggesting it "does the job for me", but what I am saying, is a am a clean freak who never feels comfortable walking around after going to the bathroom, unless I have been able to hop in the shower or bath after, or hop in the river or lake for a swim. The times when I am not at home to do this, I will try to get really clean with paper towels, soap and water in a public bathroom. The problem with this, is that it takes a lot of rinses to avoid bubble butt. I know it sounds weird but it is true. If there is soap residue stuck in your butt, not only will it just smell like it's covered up the problem and not really dealt with it by fully rinsing, it can also be uncomfortable to walk around like that the rest of the day, and if you might be in unexpected intimate relations, it's embaressing. Once too much soap was used and it took about 15 paper towels drenched in water to fully get clean, and that is such an enviromental waste.

I thought I was the only one who had these obsessive thoughts. I seem to spend a lot of time wondering about other peoples habits or scared about what might be there lack of.

I try to just push this out of my head

But then recently, a news report came out about toilet paper going extinct. I clicked on the link and read the story and I have hope for a toilet paper free world now. The article was so right on. It stated that toilet paper was a really outdated idea that had simply never been dealt with after the initial creation or something along those lines. It went into great detail about the pounds of dirty toilet paper clogging up the water systems, and the fact that those workers have to seperate the toilet paper from the poop that is supposedly recyclable or can be made into fertilizer.

I am also fascinated about the toilets of the future. I will admit that I believe that will be a better option then the cloth, but perhaps the cloth can work in the meantime? Currently I switch off between a shower, swim, bath, baby wipes, and the dreaded toilet paper. I know baby wipes are not enviromentally friendly, therefore not the responsible choice. It is admirable, for us all to do our part.

The article I read, did a great job detailing the fact that toilet paper does little more then smear the poop. That is uncleanly! If poop landed on your arm, would you merely wipe it off with dry paper? NO WAY! This article was so right. So why do that in our intimate areas? That is what the article said. Even more so should we be concerned with "that" area, over our arm.

Thank you for listening.
post #267 of 440
do you have a link to the article? is it online? i would love to read it. since moving to a house with a washing machine i am now sometimes using family cloth and sometimes tp

i have known people who use there hands and water with no cloth or anything and i wish i felt more comfortable with my body and was able to do that. maybe i will someday.
post #268 of 440
a few weeks ago this wouldn't have even crossed my mind but i noticed it when i was looking up how to make my momma wipes and after the initial what?! i realized that it wasn't at all different from ds's diapers and wipes. i read a bunch of the previous posts but ended up skipping some as there are a lot and i can't spend all day in front of the screen....i'm going to try out dry cut up tees for pee and go from there.
so for those who wet wipe- do you keep them warm some how? seems like they would get cold unless you made each wipe at a time with warm water and solution ad that seems like a pain.or do you just use them room temp?
post #269 of 440
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Originally Posted by mommabear207 View Post
a few weeks ago this wouldn't have even crossed my mind but i noticed it when i was looking up how to make my momma wipes and after the initial what?! i realized that it wasn't at all different from ds's diapers and wipes. i read a bunch of the previous posts but ended up skipping some as there are a lot and i can't spend all day in front of the screen....i'm going to try out dry cut up tees for pee and go from there.
so for those who wet wipe- do you keep them warm some how? seems like they would get cold unless you made each wipe at a time with warm water and solution ad that seems like a pain.or do you just use them room temp?
if I use a wet wipe, I just hold a clean wipy under hot water then squeeze and use
post #270 of 440
I'm telling ya girls...invest in a bidet. They start from as little as $25 for a plain natural water unit (it works a bit like a drinking fountain for your butt haha) and go up to about $500 (if you want the fancy blow drying, warm seat, cup of tea facilities) The cheaper ones are really good, I have the natural water bidet and I even installed it myself. Took me 10 mins and believe me, I'm soo not a DIYer.


I don't know how I went all those years using toilet paper...never did feel that clean afterwards and it was my habit to take a shower whenever I could after dropping a deuce.
post #271 of 440
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Originally Posted by EricaLeigh View Post
My favorite thing about cloth is it doesn't leave little paper lint-y balls in all my most intimate areas. I hated that about tp. I never bought the expensive TP because I found it was the worst for that. But even the cheap stuff would often leave something behind. So I feel so mush cleaner now! That's the one thing that no one remarked about, that would have been the thing to change me sooner.
LOL. I so know what you are talking about! We have a septic tank and we always bought the septic safe paper, meaning it would break up as soon as you breathed on it!
post #272 of 440
anyone hide their stash when company comes over? It's one of those things that I just don't feel like getting into (I keep TP on hand for company)....sorta like I often hide the fact that I EC my baby...in public restrooms I say the pssss sound softly haha.
post #273 of 440
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Originally Posted by lovebeingamomma View Post
anyone hide their stash when company comes over?
Nah. It's attractive I thinjk. Wicker basket on the tank. Zippered wetbag on the TP holder
www.dominopads.com/toilet.jpg
post #274 of 440
Well, thanks to you ladies, we made the switch today. I've been all hung up on thinking we needed to buy special-made family cloth with serged edges, etc. When I finally read about cutting up old t-shirts, it just clicked. DD and I spent the afternoon digging through the rag bag for old ratty t-shirts, cutting them up, and DD even dug up some cute baskets to store them in. And while we were at it, we found some rags we can use for cloth paper towels, too. :

DD was so funny, and very into it. Every so often, she'd find one she didn't think was shaped quite right. But then I'd remind her, "Honey, it doesn't have to be perfect." To which she'd reply, "Yeah, 'cause we're just gonna use it to wipe our butt!" then laugh hysterically. We couldn't wait to try them out, and both ooh'd and aah'd over how soft they felt. Yes, we're hippy nerds, LOL! DH wants nothing to do with it, seems to think we've lost our minds, but seems quite willing to tolerate us.

Now I'm off to read through the rest of the thread to find info on wipe solutions.
post #275 of 440
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Originally Posted by lovebeingamomma View Post
anyone hide their stash when company comes over? It's one of those things that I just don't feel like getting into (I keep TP on hand for company)....sorta like I often hide the fact that I EC my baby...in public restrooms I say the pssss sound softly haha.
No,and nobody(well except my sister)has ever asked about them.

Actually I did put them away for my daughter's last birthday but that's because I didn't want to end up with trash in or wipes pail(which tends to happen).
post #276 of 440
I'm convinced! the idea never occurred to me until this thread, duh! I've gone Diva for menstrual (love it!) and we've always used cloth diaps, cloth dining napkins, the works - this is a natural. Have no idea of my hubby's reaction, but who cares! This is great. Thanks everyone!
post #277 of 440
Well I have been using cloth wipes for my DD for a while. I started out by washing her 7th Generation wipes. I thought if these things cost $5 for a small box of them they should be pretty durable and tossed them in with her CDs. They held up for about 5 washes, so that was a month for a box instead of a week. Then I found this thread and cut up some old single ply prefolds. Whoever invented single fold prefolds must have invisioned wipes because they do not work as dipes!
I decided to finally give this cloth thing a try for me and have been paper free since Sunday! I am kind of into it, I feel cleaner and I feel like I'm doing good. The only thing is I'm afraid some people might think I'm a bit crazy, but then again maybe I am. I still don't really like cloth for number two, it's just not as clean from me as baby poo is. Maybe I'll stick with it but I doubt it, probably just for pee. I used dipe wipes before and think I will use regular wipes and then a cloth one instead of TP.
I can't believe I have been using cloth on my daughter this whole time and never considered using it for myself until I found this thread. I almost feel like we should be a tribe, family cloth anonymous. Hello, I am sugaree and I use cloth TP since this Sunday!
post #278 of 440
I'm glad I came across this thread, I keep meaning to do this, but forget. SO..tomorrow's task: cut out some cloths! We used to live overseas, and our neighbours there thought TP was so unsanitary! How can you even get yourself clean?! They're probably right.
post #279 of 440
I hate using TP and I hate that it actually makes my boys bums red and sore. I love that cloth gets us nice and clean. Right now though we are living with my inlaws and they dont like cloth so we respect them but when we move to our own house it is back to cloth. I too feel that we should be our own tribe.
post #280 of 440
I did it! We have a little stash of cloths in the upstairs bathroom. Now we have to get in the habit of using them! And not throwing them in the toilet by mistake!
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