Cloth toilet paper

Some of you will think eww and double ewwwww. I’ve been using cloth toilet paper for a while but due to the renovations and not having a washing machine I briefly stopped using cloth toilet paper. I now have my washing machine again so out comes my beloved cloth wipes, I have missed them I do so love cloth!

So the truth; I use little cloth squares that I bought from Ecomoon. I only use the wipes for number ones I still think it’s a bit gross to use them for number twos. I use cloth wipes for John just not brave enough for myself. I’ve since also made some more squares out of fluffy cotton that I overlooked into square-like shapes.

I keep the cloth wipes in a cute container that I was given a gift in. Once the wipes have been used I put them in a chamber pot my mum had and then I throw the whole lot in the wash; when John was little it went in the with nappies now it just goes in with our clothes. No big deal at all.

Having used paper toilet paper for the last few months and now going back to my cloth wipes I much prefer my cloth wipes. No bits of paper stuck to your bits!! Ha ha. Using cloth wipes saves so much money (I found we went through heaps more toilet paper when I wasn’t using cloth!); not to mention the environmental impact of reducing my toilet paper consumption and you don’t need to flush the toilet every time you go. Don’t worry I still have toilet paper (we buy recycled paper – recycled from office waste not toilet paper!) in my home too so if you come over you don’t have to use cloth but feel free if you want to give it a go.


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19 thoughts on “Cloth toilet paper

  1. October 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Toilet paper is soooo expensive. This is so ironic because I was just talking about “what if” and had no idea cloth TP actually existed. It makes a lot of sense environmentally and economically!

  2. October 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    @Carolina HeartStrings A lot of people don’t really know about cloth TP and also it can take a while for people to come round to the idea. Took me a while but after John was born I was using cloth due to my stitches so it was a very easy transfer. I know TP costs so much for something you are throwing away!!! I buy loads when it’s on sale so have several 12 roll packs in the cupboard as we still do use TP as well.

  3. October 22, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I can’t use TP for #2’s as I end up with a very sore botty so I use those really expensive flushable wipes. I hadn’t thought about using cloth. Might give it a go.

  4. Anonymous
    October 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I’m actually not grossed out by this if it’s only number 1’s and makes total sense – esp since guys don’t use TP for number 1’s. Only prob for me is that I do so much washing as it is due to our job and I kind of have to weigh up my time vs eco friendliness ifykwim. I suppose chucking on a small load once every couple of days wouldn’t be too much of a hassle…


  5. October 23, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Thanks for this – we go through so much toilet paper in our house – I’m always commenting on it; i actually thought at one stage someone must be eating it! I will take a look at this and see if it’s something I can get the kids to adopt.

  6. October 23, 2011 at 4:41 am

    I was really surprised when I heard that there were people that had decided to try Reusable pads. I was surprised and intrigued. I ordered a few and have noticed that my sensitive skin conditions have improved by not being exposed to chemicals. I think that the idea of not toilet paper bits on my bits is an interesting idea! Hmm, maybe I shall try this out.
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  7. October 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I really never thought of this, I may have to think about switching myself!

  8. October 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Very interesting. Makes sense though. I used only cloth diapers on both of my kids. Toilet paper is so expensive–not just to buy, but, as you say, on the ecosystem. And urine is sanitary. People use a baby’s urine to kill thrush in the baby’s mouth.
    Makes sense AND this is a paradigm shift I will have to think about.
    On the other hand I used a sanitary sponge for my periods many moons ago. Yeah, as I think about it–cloth TP makes a lot of sense.
    Question, how do you prevent the odor in the pot where you throw used one until you wash?

  9. October 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Wow! I NEVER would have thought of this! Interesting idea!

  10. October 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    @Ali Bierman I’m glad this got you thinking. Since I only use the clothes for wees I’ve never noticed any smells actually, I wash most days and so the cloth aren’t normally in the pot for more than a few days. When I throw the cloths in the wash I wipe out the pot with tea tree oil to disinfect. Hope this helps.

  11. October 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    @Mommies and Beyond Hello and welcome. If you love mama pads you’ll love cloth toilet paper too! I’m sure it’ll help your skin heaps especially if you use soft cloths I use flannel ones and find them lovely and soft. I’ll pop over and check you out too. Please let me know how you go.

  12. October 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    @Anonymous Hey sweets, I know what you mean there always seems to be washing!! I don’t always put the cloths in with John’s nappies if I need to wash them I sometimes just chuck them in with our clothes I don’t really see how different they are from washing your undies.

  13. October 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I keep coming back to this idea (I first heard about it through the Just West of Crunchy blog) and wonder if I’m up for it. The JWoC mum just uses wipes for number ones too. It doesn’t seem like that odd an idea that way, though I struggle to get my head around the idea of using cloth wipes for #2s!

  14. Anonymous
    October 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Good point about just chucking them in with clothes. I think I am going to start doing this!


  15. October 28, 2011 at 5:26 am

    love it. I started to use cloth toilet paper myself for #1. I need to get a system, so I use them every time. I figure I use cloth wipes on my daughter why not for me too? Thanks for reminding me! 🙂

  16. October 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I love cloth! I first tried it because I had a lot of old panties whose elastic had gone but the fabric was so soft and pretty…I cut squares out of the largest parts, and we replaced the tissue box next to our bed. Then I started sometimes taking one to the bathroom with me. Now I keep a basket of them on a shelf above the toilet and a zippered mesh bag affixed with a twist-tie to the side bar of the toilet paper holder. When doing laundry, I just swap the mesh bag with an empty one, zip it, and throw it in with the clothes. The mesh allows the cloths to dry so there’s no mildew; odor is not a problem because the amount of urine on them is really quite small.

  17. June 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I thought ewww at first, but reading your post it sounds so very sensible. I still don’t think I am game, but you have sown a seed. Toilet paper is such a waste of money, but I have always thought of it as ESSENTIAL, until now.

    1. June 1, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Hi Amy, glad to hear I’ve made you think. Took me a while to get my head around it and now it’s just so normal to me. I have to make some more squares (well my over locking skills don’t mean they are actually square but hey close enough right!) as I hate it when I run out. Mx

  18. Anonymous
    February 12, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    We’ve got a hand held bidet (like a small shower head) which we installed for spraying solids off cloth nappies – I think it was about $30 new on trademe. It’s great for adult bums too, then you could just use the cloth squares to dry off afterwards. We have used systems like this all through Thailand and Vietnam.