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I know this probably comes up a lot, but it came up again at our house tonight.<br><br>
When you factor in the cost of the electricity, the laundry soap, and the water... is it really more cost effective and/or environmentally friendly than using regular toilet paper?<br><br>
(I say it is, but wanted to know what others thought.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I think it is. If you think about toilet paper, you have all the resources it takes to grow the trees, the resources it takes to cut them down, the fuel to transport the trees, the incredible pollution and energy usage of the pulp/paper mill, the plastic packaging, the transportation of the tp to the warehouse, to the grocery store, the plastic grocery bag to bring it home (if you don't use cloth bags), and finally the waste of flushing the dioxin bleached paper down the toilet to the waste management plant. Yes, I think it's much friendlier to have a dozen little rectangles of recycled or organic cotton cloth that you wash with your diapers or towels and hang to dry. Your bum ends up a lot cleaner, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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it may not be as cost effective for you ut for the world it makes a huge differance! I handwash my laundry so i dont have tose issues as much
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">it may not be as cost effective for you ut for the world it makes a huge differance! I handwash my laundry so i dont have tose issues as much</div>
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Me too! Ok, NOW I have a washer, but throughout my childhood, and off and on many times in my adulthood. BTW, I inherited this old washboard that is glass, OMG, It works SO much better than my old ones. I love it. Do you use a toilet plunger? Best trick in the book. My ringer needs new rollers though... ugh, the blisters from hand wringing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
OP, we use cloth, and love it. We actually just buy those really cheap "washcloth" bundles, where you get like eighteen I think for about $5.00, they work really well.<br><br>
Another + for us: we sawdust toilet and compost it for humanure, so TP would really make things more complicated for us.
 

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ugh im a hand wringer never owned a roller <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> my hands get so sore it feels like rug burn i can tafford a wringer. also i dont find my washboard does much maybe i use it wrong. i soak the clothes in my homemade detergent for a while sometime over night i go back a few time and adgetate tham. drain the water wring out the clothes fill the tub again to rinse with baking soda and vinegar. the wring it and hang to dry i REALLy need a wringer!
 

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Well I think about it in the fact that they are small and don't take up much more room than a sock in the washer.<br><br>
We line dry somethings and this is one.<br><br>
I wash my family cloth with my towels and underwear stuff.<br><br>
Not a change at all in our water bill.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ugh im a hand wringer never owned a roller <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> my hands get so sore it feels like rug burn i can tafford a wringer. also i dont find my washboard does much maybe i use it wrong. i soak the clothes in my homemade detergent for a while sometime over night i go back a few time and adgetate tham. drain the water wring out the clothes fill the tub again to rinse with baking soda and vinegar. the wring it and hang to dry i REALLy need a wringer!</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> I know! Oh, my mom and I used to have the most raw hands after doing that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Yuck!. I'm lucky, mom found this old wringer at a yard sale, and then later gave it to us to use. I know how expensive they can be! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: There's a reason we haven't replaced the old rollers yet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Paying through the nose to be natural, ugh. Rubber gloves help, and at 99 cents a pair, affordable, but they stink IMO.
 
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