“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
Monday, December 8, 2008
Let's Talk Cloth
We all have heard of using cloth diapers. There has been a great revival in the past 15 years or so in using them. However, there is a new cloth revolution. Cloth toilet paper! Yes, ladies, I did say cloth toilet paper. Toilet paper is full of chemicals used in the processing of the paper. Not to mention that I always found it very wasteful to flush perfectly good paper down the toilet. Then I read something and a light bulb went off in my head. Why not use cloth toilet paper? It would be easy to wash with the cloth diapers that I already wash, it is reusable so no waste, no harsh chemicals, and it is cheaper. So my family made the switch, we now use cloth toilet paper and love it. It is much more absorbent, it is softer, and much cheaper. I know many of you are wondering how to do this. Let me explain how we do it and what we use. My husband and children are always staining t-shirts and ripping holes in them. I have found that these t-shirts make great TP. I simply cut them up into nice size chunks, shape does not really matter. I just want something that can be folded over. 100% cotton works best so try to stay away from poly cotton blends as they tend to not be very absorbent. I have found that t-shirts work best because you just cut and use, no sewing involved because t-shirt material does not ravel at the edges. I keep dry cloths in a drawer next to the toilet and wet ones in a sealed coffee can. I use a solution for diaper wipes on them and will post the recipe for this today. I also keep another coffee can for used wipes and after emptying and rinsing I will put one or two drops of tea tree oil in the can for disinfecting and deodorizing. I simply wash these every other day with a load of diapers. They are wonderfully soft and absorbent. They clean much better, too. We really are spoiled now and don't know how we ever managed with toilet paper before. Cloth TP, who'd a thunk it!