Oh cloth how I love thee…

Was reading Keeper of the Home’s post on saving money using cloth as I’m always looking at ways to save more money and find other areas in my life I can change to cloth to feed the cloth beast within.

So a list of what I have converted to cloth to save truck loads of money and the environment: kitchen/ bathroom/ all spills and clean up cloths, mama pads, breast pads, makeup pads, cloth toilet paper, Baby wipes, burp cloths, Cloth nappies, wet bags (everything to do with John is cloth really), wrapping paper, serviettes, shopping bags, veggie bags, flannels for dirty faces/ hands/ etc, tea towels and hand towels….

cloth_eco_nzSo while reading Keeper of the Home’s comments someone mentioned tissues! I mean so obvious right? Kind of like an ahha or slap on the head moment! We go through a lot of tissues (seems that’s the only thing in our bedroom bin) as poor Mr Ecochick has a lot of allergies so I guess I never really thought of cloth tissues.

I told Mr Ecochick I will not be buying anymore tissues their days are over. My first thought was good old hankies but they are kind of gross and Mr Ecochick wasn’t keen. So I decided I would make some cloth squares that are like a one or two use and then throw in the wash kind of tissues. So off to mums house to see what nice cloth she had in the cupboard and as always she delivered (go mum!). She had a lovely soft material that was left over from when I was a child that she made a nightie out of (she thinks). My sister-in-law has an overlocker (which I am now in love with and want my own) and so our new cloth tissues were born. Our new tissues are so soft and I’m enjoying using them and not seeing tissues go in the bin!

So cloth saves you money! And lots of money! It’s much better for the environment and did I mention cloth saves you money!    

What cloth things do you do to save money or what have I inspired you to try?



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8 thoughts on “Oh cloth how I love thee…

  1. June 7, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Cloth toilet paper??? Hmmmm don’t know if you can convert me on that one!

    But loving your ‘eco-ness’ 🙂 xx

  2. June 7, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Well done Madeleine for converting to cloth everything. I use to and need to get back to it using cloth toilet tipes for wees saved a fortune in toilet paper. I still haved all the baby cloth wipes sitting out and Paytn uses those for her allergies so that saves us heaps as well.

  3. June 13, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Good on your for finding more ways to use cloth. We;ve been using cloth tissues here for ages. I make them out of offcuts of flannel that are too small to make anyhthng else with. I think it must be over 3 years since I bought any tissues. I have to say the family love them, no more sore noses when you have a cold. We have a BIG stack of them as there are 6 of us here 🙂

  4. Kirsty
    July 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I love family cloth! (cloth toilet paper).
    When I first read about it I thought it was a bit weird, but now I love it! No way I would go back to using paper for just wees.
    This is how I do family cloth – http://parenting.anythingbaby.co.nz/parenting-blogs/kiwi-baby-on-a-budget/family-cloth/

  5. July 15, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Thanks for all your sharing and comments guys. Nice to know I’m not alone out there. So not a wierdo then!!

  6. August 24, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Definitely do hankies. The kitchen is rules by tea towels and cloth towels for wiping. Next on the list, cutting up some holey sheets for family cloths and serviettes.

  7. October 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    If I don’t have an especially runny nose, I use the same hanky all day or even a few days. I find it dries in my pocket so that it seems fresh again by the next time I’m wiping my nose. Here is my handkerchief adoration article and what we do for nosebleeds.