A few years ago, after hearing about a mission trip to India where the native women don't use toilet paper, but "splash some water on themselves" afterwards to be clean... and after being trained to use a peri-bottle post partum, it occured to me to use a squeeze bottle full of warm water ALL the time, not just during my period to be cleaner. Like a portable bidet. At home I use a cleaned out 24 oz Gatorade bottle that is squishable, with the drinking lid spout that twists open/shut. This gives a nice amount of water pressure, spraying from the front, through the middle. One bottle can last 2-3 months before it start cracking and leaking. Then I just get another Gatorade.
My sink is right by the toilet, so I sit down, prop the bottle under the faucet in the sink, turn the water on and it's usally ready about the same time I am. Too hot is definatley bad. I have to remember the water is already too hot when I turn it on if I'm doing laundry.
Then I dry with a wash cloth. Just like getting out of the shower and using a towel to dry off everywhere else, too.
I wash those wash clothes with the towels in HOT water. Much nicer than tree pulp. When I'm not at home, I take a smaller (16-20oz) water bottle with a drinking spout type lid that pops open/shut, fits better under the faucet in the sinks of most public bathrooms. Even when I don't have wash cloths to use, it's so much nicer to be washed clean before using the toilet paper. [I am home most of the time]. I leave the lids off the bottles when I'm home to air out between uses, and let the water drain out of them.
I've been doing this for years, but just today heard about "family cloths". Now I don't feel so alone and weird. Thanks. I'm now also wondering why I never thought of bringing along one to dry myself with when I am out and about. NO tp, no matter where I am.
I like to use the CHEAP pack of 12 washclothes that I picked up at Wal-Mart. They aren't too thick. And I don't have to do anything to them. Because I am rinsed clean, I am just using the cloth for dryness. Mine also hangs on a hook in the bathroom. I might need to have a couple out at a time, for a chance for them to dry out (same thing as the handtowels after everybody washes their hands and drys them off, the towels eventually don't absorb much and need time to dry out.) When I'm not niddah (AF) 1-2 wash clothes a week is plenty, since I only have been using them for drying off after rinsing clean from #1.
But after reading through nearly every post on this thread, I'm seriously considering giving up the box of baby wipes and using a damp washcloth for #2. Mutli packs of cheap 12 washcothes or 30 dishclothes are easily picked up.
Am also looking to switch to cloth pads for my niddah time. And I'm wondering, how much wiping is actually necessary when I use the restroom for #1 then, since I rinse off well, and am going to still be "wet" from my flow, Will it make that much difference to the absorbancy and amount of time before I have to change the pad again?
please, what do the letters "AF" actually stand for? I am guessing from reading this thread it means "during my period" / niddah.