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#1 of 19 Old 01-04-2009, 01:55 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What fabric do recommend for cloth tp? I think fleece would be the best in terms of washing thoroughly, but would cotton be gentler onthe earth from a prduction standpoint? Should I not worry so much about that since the end result is no paper consumption?

I also use cloth in the kitchen, and would not wash kitchen and bathroom cloth together. Is the extra use of the washing machine still better that buying paper products?

If I used a clothesline instead of the dryer, will that offset the extra washloads, or is the dryer "necessary" to sanitize the cloth?

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ETA: I just poked around a bit and found hemp cloths and also bamboo. Thoughts?

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Birdseye - diaper material - can be bought by the yard at the fabric store.

Nice thing about birdseye is it's absorbent and can be bleached or vinegared or whatever you want to do to disinfect without messing about with colors fading or bleeding onto other things.

I have washed mine in a washer and hung them on a line. But now I have to wash by hand so I just make sure I heat a kettle of water for sanitation. I wash by hand as warm as I can stand it and then rinse in boiling water. When that cools a bit, I can handle them and rinse again in warm or cool water and then wring and hang. The sun will also sanitize the cloths.
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I like to cut up old T-shirts for this sort of thing. They are soft, fairly easy to wash and it's a good way to re-purpose something that might otherwise be thrown out.

If you hang them to dry in the sun, the sunlight will sanitize them.

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i like the tshirt idea but dont really have any to use. i guess i could ask friends to give me their old stuff...

as for birdseye, i'd have to hem the edges, right? i cant really sew very well how hard is that to do?

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I have a stack of cloth wipes in the bathroom (I just toss in the diaper pail). My favorites, are the ones that have sherpa on at least one side. I think the sherpa does a great job cleaning bums. A lot of our wipes have a fun print on one side, and a nicer fabric - velour, sherpa, on the other. Some are just flannel on both sides. You could get old flannel shirts, pants or sheets at the thrift store and re-purpose them.

To make my wipes - I just held two pieces of fabric together and zigzag stitched around the edges. It was much faster than doing hems or turning and topstitching.

You could color coordinate your bathroom and kitchen cloth, if that would help you feel more comfortable!

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I used old cut up t-shirts at first and hemmed them with a zigzag stitch, but I didn't think they were all that absorbent compared to the birdseye. Some people like fleece, too, but I don't like that either.

You might get 1/4 yards of some different fabrics or used clothing made of different fabrics, cut them up and don't worry about hemming for your experiment, and see what type you like best before you go to the trouble of having lots of them.

If you don't sew, maybe you could barter with a friend - you could watch her kids or cook a meal in exchange for her to run zigzag along the edges of precut squares.
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Mine are hemp fleece (like sweatshirt material, fuzzy on one side, smooth on the other). I them.

I do wash my bathroom and kitchen cloth all together. It all has to go through a hot wash, and there's no point in me doing two partial loads on hot, that's a huge waste. The load of laundry usually consists of kitchen towels, kitchen cloth, bathroom towels, bathroom cloth, hankies, napkins, possibly pads, and any other random non-clothing item (and the occasional clothing item that finds it's way into the bathroom hamper). I wash them once a week, using BS, borax, vinegar and oxy-clean in a hot wash.

Personally, I wouldn't have a problem hanging them to dry in theory, but since I have 50 little cloths, that's a lot more work than I tend to want to put into my laundry, not to mention I don't have that much "line" space.

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In some cultures, people just use water and their left hand. A watering can with a longish spout can be kept in the WC to pour or splash as needed.
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We love flannel. My favorites are the ones that are velour backed. I use a serger to sew them. Do you have a friend who has one you can borrow?
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We love bamboo.Terry works well, too!

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mine are 2 layer, sewn like a pillow- one layer t-shirt, one layer flannel pj bottoms :

cotton is HIGHLY chemically processed, unless it is unbleached organic.
I would not personally buy new fabric, if my reason for using was to reduce consumption (hehe, reduce, reuse, recycle). If I absolutely had to buy fabric, I would go to a thrift store. If I had to buy new, it would be organic cotton, hemp, or bamboo... probably bamboo, since it is more "renewable" as it is a weed.

I wash everything together. seriously, I don't "sanitize" my undies in any way, how is family cloth any different than undies, really? I do put vinegar in every load... mainly bc it works as a fabric softener Germ killing is just a bonus. Now that I have a little in cloth dipes again, the fc is going in the diaper loads- just cause the diaper loads are small to begin with.

Sun drying kills germs better than hot air drying, so I've heard.

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I used some of the 5 trillion flannel blankets I got when I was pregnant with DD. I cut them up with the pinking shears and didn't do any hemming at all. They are still going strong (with minimal loose threads) 6 months later!

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I have to say two things.
First, I don't know why but I guess I was being conservative in the size of my wipes the first batch I cut. I just made some more and I made them nice and generously sized and WOW they are awesome! Don't skimp on size.

Two, is that I find flannel ends up a little scratchy after a lot of washings. But I love tshirt material and I just cut up old old velour sweatpants I had...OMGosh they are like heaven. I don't even want to use any of my other wipes now.

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I just made the swtich, hubby is still totally freaked out by this, but cloth dipes, cloth wipes, and even mama cloth why is it so ishy??!!! Anyway, what I just did is cut up an old, huge, white towel, into squares and wet them with a little water and put them into an old baby wipes container. It is totally awesome!!! I feel so good about this idea. Good for you for going for the gold!! + with the rising cost of um, everything your pokectbook will thankyou!!! I did have a question. . . For those who cloth tp, do you keep tp on hand for guests?

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I did have a question. . . For those who cloth tp, do you keep tp on hand for guests?

I do... for guests and hubby.
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I really want to go with cloth but DH is so freaked by the idea of smell. I currently use mama cloth and I don't notice any smell from that. But he has decided that fc will smell badly like when we had cloth diapers. But I think the biggest problem we had with cloth diapers was mulitple food allergies and too much laundry detergent. Now that Im using minute amounts of home made laundry detergent I don't think this should be as much of a problem.

Have any of you noticed smell problems?

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I use baby washcloths. They work great and are cheap too.
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I'd simply recommend two layers of any absorbant material with fleece sewn on the back.

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