Family cloth

Some may think it gross, but it actually works very well for our family! So what is it you say!?!?! An alternative to toilet paper! I use it exclusively, but the rest of the family, sparingly. However, I’m the only female (except for baby Aisling who is only 8 weeks so she only uses the cloth wipes!), so I obviously I would be the greatest offender!

I will be getting Tonchi to switch in the next few weeks since he is completely potty trained and will probably only use 1 or 2 a day for his “man time” on the potty. Koa isn’t potty trained yet, but it is on the schedule for this summer! Papa bear isn’t on board yet, but I think we are going to remove the TP from the upstairs bathroom which will help the learning curve!

So how does it work for us, you say?

I have a basket on the back of the toilet with old rags to use as TP. I have cut them into about 4-5 inch square sections. I certainly don’t use new material either! What we are currently using is old boxers, and old fleece that had holes in it and needed to be retired and a few other odds and ends fabrics and old clothing we repurposed! I will also use the cloth diapers once we graduate from that phase in life as well! I try to keep it as simple as possible and don’t hem them or surge the edges or anything. Sometimes they start to fray a bit and I just clip the strings and keep using them.

Since we are still in diaper mode and the pain is right next to the toilet it makes it easy to just toss in! Sometimes I may rinse them before adding to the pail, but that is rarely necessary. I know I mentioned I keep them in a basket above the toilet, but you can wrap them around an old TP tube to make it a little easier to access if that is your preference. I’ve a photo here of what I’m talking about.

I have noticed a reduction in cost since we purchase much less TP on a monthly basis. I do have only TP in the downstairs bathroom as we have visitors and guests regularly (3-4 times weekly probably) and I don’t want to scare them off, nor do I want to wash their rags! It has been an easy change for us and it quite a bit more comfortable to use! What do you think? Do you have any suggestions? If you do family cloth what do you do differently? I’d love to hear!

4 thoughts on “Family cloth

  1. Whoa. But when you are already doing cloth diapers – I can understand. Does this lower your impact on the environment much or it it mostly cost savings? It would be interesting to know how paper in the waste system effects things. I wonder if it makes it harder to treat and dispose when there is so much paper in the system?


    1. Great thought about the effects on the waste system. I’m sure it would probably make a difference if you had your own septic tank, but as far as city sewer, I’m not sure. I’ll have to look into that. It does save trees since we don’t buy as much TP, and it also reduces chemical use in the production of the TP. It also reduces our exposure to chemicals as well.


  2. I’m also a family cloth user!!!!! Being the only girl in my house hold I’m the main TP user so I’m the only one that use it. I use it for ‘short trips.’


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