My research about re-usable toilet paper has only scraped the surface of this topic and revealed some facts about recycled TP that I was absolutely not aware of. Find out how my view on common toilet paper has changed along side tips and tricks on how to incorporate re-usable toilet paper in your daily routine. Some answers may shock you!

This article will cover the following:

  • Diving deeper into facts about “normal” / recycled toilet paper
    Some links to other posts that might be of interest to you.
  • Alternatives to recycled or wood based toilet paper
    Some links to other posts that I found really interesting.
  • Going over hygienic issues when it comes to re-usable toilet paper
    We’ll go over some very helpful tips with a detailed overview of my own measures taken.
  • Fazit and quick summary
    After this summary you may have a clearer understanding if you’d like to give it a try and if you do please find the links for patterns and instructions below
  • How to sew your own re-usable toilet paper
    Different options and how to instructions revealed

The reason I’m listing knowledge about “normal” and recycled toilet paper here as well is simple. When I looked up the facts why I should use re-usable toilet paper I always stumbled across the following benefits. Better for our environment, less waste, You safe money, healthier etc…

While this all sounds awesome. Let’s have a closer look. Shall we.

1 - Diving deeper into facts about “normal” / recycled toilet paper

We know that the main ingredient for toilet paper is wood same as for paper. However humans have developed a way to recycle already used paper to create not just new paper but also make toilet paper out of it. I think this is great, isn’t it? It already helps us to reduce waste and re-use it in a great way.
However, I have found this article that goes over a bit of a downside I wasn’t really aware of til now. Some recycled toilet paper can contain BPA or some other chemical that’s not good for you which is widely used in the paper made for the thermal printers that produce sales receipts (which are then recycled and turned into other paper). The ink in newspaper (which is often recycled) is another source of BPA. Read the full article from HERE.

Diving deeper into this topic I found this blog post in which someone asked a few very detailed questions to the company “Who Gives a Crap” (Toilet paper producer). The blog post goes over some question about the BPA traces in toilet paper and what their measures are to reduce this risk. It also explains why they are all single wrapped, how they make it so white and way more details. So if you’d like to know more about this click HERE.

This info from Canstarblue explains the process on how recycled toilet paper is made (Read the full article HERE ). While reading through the article it explains the process on how to remove the ink which made me wonder if this also assures that none to hardly any BPA traces are in the finished new recycled toilet paper’s? Unfortunately this is not mentioned in this article and at this stage I’m not going further into this matter as this blog post is mainly about re-usable toilet paper.

My main point here is that even though it’s recycled I’m wondering if it is really so good for us?

Let’s have a look at alternatives to recycled TP and re-usable TP. This one certainly blew my mind as I did not expect to find this out.

2 - Alternatives to recycled or wood based toilet paper

When reading the article at Huffpost mentioned above it had a link to toilet paper based on sugar cane (a mixture of sugar cane and bamboo to be precise). YES, you heard right, sugar cane. Of course, I straight up looked it up to find out more and found this great article (click HERE to read the FAQ). Check it out as I think it’s a great alternative and one so surprising, well to me… maybe you were already aware of it cause you are just awesome. I sometimes seem to live behind the moon and always find these things out later than everyone else… so please just be excited with me, don’t judge LOL

Ok but this post is mainly about re-usable toilet paper and we shall find out more. Let’s have a closer look about some critics regarding the hygienic part and how to tackle them.

3 - Going over hygienic issues when it comes to re-usable toilet paper

This is very important as I saw some crazy comments on people flushing fabric wipes, I read something that some people think these cloths are getting re-used without washing and some other crazy stuff. So I thought this part is very important and to get to the bottom of this.

Let’s start with a post I find in regards to the hygienic aspect of using cloth toilet paper and what you should know according to a germ expert. Click HERE to read the whole article.

However this article was rather a bit negative towards this whole topic and made me wonder how parents handle this with their cloths nappies. Lots of parents have been and are still using this methods successfully since years. And of course even here I stumbled across a great article which is from Natures child which you can read HERE.

My tips and result after all this research on how to address this topic in the safest way possible.

- Don't flush fabric it will blog your toilet and in the end you’ll need a plumber to fix it. Which can turn into an expensive endeavor.

- Have some sort of bidet so you can wash yourself with water first before wiping dry. This is very important for hygienic reasons! This also will help to stop passing on bacteria that’s in your urine or poo.

- You don't need to have fabric clothes rolled up like toilet paper. just have the washed once nicely stacked in a clean basket ready to use.

- Have a separate closable basket next to the toilet to collect used once. They will need to be washed soonish and don't let them sit in the basket for days or weeks. Please refer to the article of Natures child that explains to ways on how to clean cloths nappies. Same or similar applies to your re-usable toilet paper

- Cold water with the detergents available nowadays is enough to sanitize the wipes. Now call me old fashioned but I don’t really believe in that. I still believe hot water is a must to clean these wipes and either dry in the sun which is a natural sanitizer or dry in your dryer. That heat will help as well to kill any bacteria. During my research all major articles referred to the hot wash method as well. Only one post I saw about the cold wash is sufficient.

- Make sure you have your own washing machine when you try this path. You should NEVER go with these wipes to public laundromats. Maybe this is only my opinion I don’t know but I find that not very hygienic knowing that the bacteria from someone else floats around in these machines. So please be aware of that.

- I think about it the same way as toilet training. If number 2 went into the pants of your child you would wash it out by hand and then wash the pants soon after. As you are using a bidet first you wouldn't have as big as a mess as you'd have when toilet training a child.

- I think this goes without saying but just to be safe and clear. DON'T re-use your cloths before washing. They always need to be washed after each use.

4 - Fazit and quick summary

Essential items you need or you have to consider before starting:

  • Washing machine with the option to wash on a hot cycle
  • 1 basket of some sort of a container to hold fresh cloths wipes.

  • Decide if you’d rather want to use clothes wipes only for pees or if you also want to use it for number 2. As this will change the whole process on how to handle soiled wipes.

  • 1 closable basket that holds your dirty cloths wipes. Here it depends on which option you chose to store it. Nature’s child refers to a wet or dry storage. Personally I’m for the dry version as I wouldn’t use it for number 2 and because a wet storage is not ideal in my eyes when having young children running around. I can already see the basket falling over with all the soiled wipes and water on the ground. Not ideal at all. 😉

  • Have some sort of bidet in your bathroom so you can clean with water first and only use the wipes to dry yourself. This will also reduce the risk of spreading any bacteria held in your urine. And of course if used for number 2 it washes all this off before drying clean with the wipes. Be careful though it can still hold residue and bacteria on the clothes. Just because they don’t look dirty doesn’t been they don’t hold bacteria on them.

  • When washing your soiled clothes I’d say make sure you wash it with your towels rather than with your clothes. Usually you can wash your towels on hot cycle as well for the same reason. And remember when you toilet train your child any heavily soiled pants you would wash on a hot cycle with your towels rather than on a warm or cold cycle with your other clothes. Always keep that in mind.

  • Does it safe you money in the long run? Honestly I’m not so sure about that. I guess it really depends on your washing habits. Do you usually use a dryer or only for these items? Than it probably will cost you more due to the extra energy bill for the drier.
    Do you have additional wash loads due to not having enough towels per week to assure your wipes are getting washed sooner rather than later? If you already have a big load you may not even notice if not you may do. Maybe test it and keep record in the beginning to see if there is a difference for you. It also depends on what type of washing machine you are using. Water and power efficient or an old model that doesn’t regulate this. Lot’s of unique factors play an important role here. Therefore no one fits all answer.

  • Less waste argument. Toilet paper usually breaks down and is not causing any waste therefore I’m not sure if that argument counts. Maybe the package around the TP that does cause waste if made of plastic. And if made of paper than you would use trees again unless it’s recycled…. So I guess that’s a bit of a grey area.

  • Better for the environment… if you replace TP that’s made from actual trees and is not recycled yes I strongly believe so. If you already use recycled TP I don’t know. Also remember that producing fabric also requires lots of chemicals which are causing a massive pollution of some rivers etc. close to those factories. I know there are some small not very known alternatives which are gaining interest. But that’s a different topic.

  • It’s healthier…. If the recycled TP really contains traces of BPA than probably yes. I guess here it really needs more research on how they test or the measures they are implementing on how to avoid this needs to be done. Also maybe more education to all the people to not use certain paper for recycling and throw it out differently.

Certainly lots of questions answered yet many more have been opened up. Personally I think a mix of recycled or alternative toilet paper plus re-usable for wee wees is the way to go if you can tick some of the essential items I mentioned above. Even if not everyone can do it or can afford it maybe some people can. And a little change will definitely make a difference. Companies produce what the consumers ask for and if we change our habits the product range we can choose from will change too.

If you have come to the conclusion that you’d like to give it a go. Here are the patterns and how to get started guide. 😊

5 - How to sew your own re-usable toilet paper

It’s very easy. First of all I should point out that you don’t have to add the plastic snaps onto each sheet just to be able to roll them up like “normal” TP. You can just create small rectangles and store them in a basket of some sort and have them handy next to your toilet.

In my tutorial I will show you how to create these type of fabric cloths without the snaps. Personally I like them better. And aren’t we all about less plastic use?...

Get the pattern as an instant download right away. It’s super easy and definitely beginner friendly. In case you need more help and detailed step by step instructions go to my website and get my FREE online class “Create your perfect baby shower gift”. I know completely different topic but in this course bundle is a baby comforter and that’s the same method/technique you would use to make the re-usable toilet paper just in a different size.

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