If you click through some of the links in this roundup, you'll see
suggestions for people to soak the "family cloths" in natural
disinfectant water with some drops of tea tree oil in them or something along
those lines. So, fecal matter bacteria isn't a problem. I didn't like,
however, how the woman in one of the videos said she washes them with her
whites.What I found fun about this article is how, when I told
people about what it was about, many people couldn't think of any method of
how they could possibly live without toilet paper.I'm afraid,
for myself, that civilization and toilet paper are inseparable.If
people are interested in another article on extreme frugality, check out this
article I wrote 5 years ago:http://bit.ly/1lySOrOwhich includes
this:"If the neighbor's home was toilet-papered, she'd
volunteer to help clean up the toilet paper hanging in the trees — and
take it home."
If you want to be truly frugal - install a spray hose onto your toilet. When I
lived in Asia many of the toilets had one on them. It was easy; spray, drip
dry. Done. Much easier then all this washing - and more hygienic then either
paper or cloth.
I'd rather be "frugal" by eating rice and beans for months before
I'd ever go for something like this. You're not saving the environment
by not using TP. Think about all the resources you're using to disinfect
those poopy cloths. Would I want to use my washer and dryer for those things? No
Interesting. But I'm a Des news editorial page man and I'll stay that
Has anyone tested the fabric after used to see if it's actually safe to do
We've been doing this for about seven years. And to be truthful, I'm
all for development of natural resources. We also don't do it to save
money, or to be close to the earth. For us, it is more of an independence
thing. We are trying to live in such a way that if commercially produced things
become unavailable for an expended period of time, we would like to have clean
underwear. Well, at least my family would, it really isn't that important
I'm with the folks who are disturbed by all the ramifications for fecal
matter. Maybe a compromise in this idea is real toilet paper used
for that, and the flannel things for the other?
I don't know about these virgin forest things; last I checked, American
paper companies grew their own trees. So I don't think these people are all
that eco friendly. It is more of a feel-good stunt for people who buy into the
idea that mankind is bad for the planet (or "mother earth") as some say.
Gross Gross Gross! I dont care if your trying to save some money. Some things
are necissities like Toilet paper. this is gross!
What I don't see addressed is the fact that all the fecal matter does not
get washed away down the drain. Some of it remains in the machine and/or is
mixed with other clothing after the washing is completed, microscopic traces of
fecal matter is on the washed clothes. This is not opinion, but result of
scientific studies validating other clothes after babies diapers are washed in
the the washing machine. Just substitute diapers for the 'new' wipes
suggested. It belongs down the drain, not on our clothes, albeit, moist paper
wipes are put in the garbage can in our home, but the 'other' goes
down the drain. Remember, 70% of fecal matter is bacteria and it remains on
some of your clothes if you elect to wash your cloth wipes. If following such
bad advice, one opens the door to diseases and illness.
Back when throw-away diapers were still being developed, I can remember changing
diapers for baby. I would rinse the babies cloth diaper while flushing and
place in hamper. It worked.But once we started using disposable
diapers with later babies, we never went back unless we had unintentionally run
out of disposables.
Has anyone heard of a bidet? Also, a substitute is a shower hose sprayer if it
lies close enough to the scene of the crime. It is almost touchless. Just need
a small towel for drying and dabbing toilet rim dry. Haven't used toilet
paper in years.
I saw this on TV's "Extreme Cheapskates" where a woman cut up old
cloths for re-usable toilet wipes.Now, for folks who have just
dismissed this as too disgusting, keep in mind that we're literally
clear-cutting the world's tropical rainforests -- considered the
earth's "lungs" for converting CO2 into O2 for life to breath --
for virgin timber to make the softest toilet paper possible. Recycled paper
can't match tissue from virgin fibers.I was in Indonesia this
past summer and witnessed the loss of forests for the production of soft tissue.
In essence, we're literally flushing the earth's lungs down the
toilet. Bidets are a potential answer. No paper needed.
I would do a bidet before I did this. I lived in Italy and they use bidets and I
actually miss having one...
So funny.A: My grandparents lived this way. Millions around the
world still do, or live with even less. Get over your 1st world issues and
hangups, this isn't disgusting, dirty or fanatical. Is it really any
different than using cloth diapers for babies? Do you think THAT would be
fanatical? Is that mother disgusting? Really?B: Heating the water
and energy for washing the cloth will take more resources? Do you not
understand how much energy and heat and water and chemicals it takes to make,
deliver, sell and then treat the waste water for the paper? I'd bet its
FAR more eco friendly to wash these cloths. C: Why not use a
Never mind the extra water it takes to wash all of these, and the extra natural
gas to heat all the extra water it takes to wash all of these, and the extra
electricity it takes to power the washing machine, that uses the extra water
heated by the extra natural gas that washes all of these!!!!!
Visitors to the house will sure do a double take.
I hope every one that reads this will do it. It might bring the cost of my TP
This is the most disgusting and fanatical attempt to "be frugal" or to
"protect the environment" I've ever read. There are multiple ways
to "pinch pennies;" Did this household give up its "luxury" of
cable television and cell phones? Did it combine errands to save gasoline?
When I read about nonsense like this I'm reminded of something my father
said frequently, "It takes all kinds of people to make a world."And, then I shake my head an sigh. :o/