Reusable products are becoming more and more popular as people look for ways to save money. The use of cloth diapers is exploding, reusable coffee filters are becoming a common household item, and many homemakers are growing to love reusable paper towels.
But one area few think to consider is reusable toilet paper. At first, the notion can sound a little off-putting, but when times are tight and you are serious about saving money, this option can be a hygienic and frugal method.
First, cut up some old cotton t-shirts or sheets. I recommend using 100% cotton to make sanitizing them easier. You can cut them into whatever size you feel will work best for you. Toilet paper-sized strips may be easier and more familiar than small squares. Despite sanitizing, sharing with the rest of the family may bother some. In this case, use a different color cotton for each family member.
Set up a dirty bag. Line a small trash can with an odor-trapping bag and place it next to the toilet. Toss used cloth into the bag.
Wash the sheets. When you are close to running out of clean toilet paper sheets, wash the dirty ones in hot water with a small amount of detergent and a splash of vinegar. I recommend using a second hot water rinse. Be sure not to use harsh chemicals, like bleach, which may cause irritation.
Replace them as necessary. Like many reusable options, these certainly won’t last forever, so as needed, cut up so newer sheets to replace the old ones. You can find clearanced fabrics at most stores to save on costs.
As a quick note, I recommend keeping some real toilet paper available for when you have company.
Remember that even if you do not use cloth toilet paper all the time, every little bit will help. If a family member is not on board with the idea, don’t push the issue. Even if you are the only one taking advantage of this system, it will still stretch the amount of toilet paper you need to purchase.
So open your mind and close your wallet. After a little while, it will become second nature to you.