It was only a couple years ago that I couldn’t find anything about toilet paper alternatives on the Web. Now…blogs are popping up with people exploring this ‘green’ concept. I personally started with flannel cloth for my nose….then sewed up ‘drip’ shaped wipes using terry cloth [used towels] on one side and an attractive cotton print on the other with a loop for hanging after I went pee. I eventually introduced a water spray bottle with lavender oil. One squirt before wiping leaves me fresh and clean…plus it gives the wipe about 4 or more days of use before it needs to be washed [just do a sniff test!]. I then place several in a bucket with hot water…a few drops of soap and agitate using a rubber toilet plunger [works great!]. Wring out by hand and fill again with hot water and a couple drops of tea tree oil. After a few plunges I leave them to soak until the water is cool then hang outside in the sun…or by the heat… though anywhere works as does a washer/dryer.
When I was ready to go completely toilet paper free, I decided to purchase an official portable bidet. I then cut up scraps of organic knit fabric [no need to hem] from a local clothing designer. After using the bidet, I clean myself by folding the cloth over a few times and then drop in a covered vintage enamel bucket full of water and vinegar located close by. It’s laundry day when I’m running low on wipes [3-4 days]. I wring them out and flush the water down the toilet and use the same process as above thou I agitate longer.
So simple…much cleaner and hygienic. Besides, if we choose to put organic non-GMO food ‘in’ our body….why would we want to be dependent on environmentally polluting toxic paper after it comes ‘out’?
Inviting all maidens…lovers…mothers…queens and elders to experience the honor and respect our bodies deserve. These washable and reusable cloth ‘drip catchers’ are made with sustainable materials and an ecological consciousness that supports less paper use and chemical production. Used with a manual bidet, they are a highly hygienic alternative to toilet paper.
I’ve been making and gifting these wipes to women of all ages for over 25 years. I’ve heard every response you can imagine….but mostly I hear “this makes sense”….and it’s “long overdue”. But as I checked up on these users….many of them gave up after a short while after starting with strong convictions. Why? I certainly asked. It was one more thing they had to keep track of. It took just a bit more time to use….and then they had to be washed. When they left home…it wasn’t practical….my roommate didn’t like them hanging by the toilet etc… Letting go of conditioned habits isn’t always easy….letting go of our precious eco-system will be a lot harder.
So here’s MY reasons for being SO passionate about them.
First….tissue paper comes from trees, the lungs of our planet, whether it’s recycled or not!
|| I know everyone is aware how our forests right here in the U.S have been brought down to a fraction of what they used to be. Paper uses an enormous amount of water and chemicals in it’s manufacturing process…..Dioxins being the worst….but BPAs [Bisphenol-A] are present in recycled paper as thermal receipts are commonly used. So basically….we are using toxic paper to catch those few drips after we pee.
Have you noticed how toilet paper continues to rise in cost? Many people purchase at discount stores….but look closely at the label….you might see ‘virgin trees’ used.
A washable reusable cloth wipe is such a simple alternative. Used with a handheld bidet [with lavender essential oil] gives one a whole week of use. Another cloth is used after the bowels are relieved…but that’s another subject. Right now….we’re going basic!
Washing them? I look forward to it! I have a vintage enamel bowl that gets filled with hot water and a drop of soap. I swish around and squeeze [and I don’t bother with gloves]…and then put them in clean hot water with Tea Tree essential oil to soak until cool. I hang them by their convenient loop above the bathtub…a clothes line… tree branches etc. My young sons saw them hanging everywhere in use….or to dry over the years [they looked like prayer flags!]. And of course you can just throw them in the washer and dryer.
I treasure that I’m able to live without this highly priced toxic commodity and now I want to expose others to the same possibility.
There will be more posts…and a way to purchase…..so keep in touch….your feedback is appreciated!