Toilet Paper Alternative: Use Cheeky Wipes Instead

30 CommentsTuesday, 11 March 2014  |  Admin

I've been thinking about using a toilet paper alternative for a while - and now we're doing it!

I've seen a few blogs on it and chatted with a few people at baby shows and quite randomly decided to do something about it a couple of weeks back - after all I've got LOADS of Cheeky Wipes and I might as well put them to good use (aside from face & hand wiping after meal-times).

The set-up

I've got boxes of freshly made up Cheeky Wipes in the cloakroom downstairs and the bathroom upstairs - and a mucky box in each room (discreetly set to the side / rear of the toilet).  There IS toilet paper for guests, aside from anything else, I can cope with washing my own family wipes, but not anyone elses!

Every other day or so, when I've got a wash going on, I gather up the mucky wipes, bung them into the machine and change the solutions in both boxes / make some fresh wipes up.

The pro's

  • Leaves you feeling properly fresh and clean (no wee bits of toilet paper stuck in lady bits, yuck!)
  • Great for hairy bums and messy poo's!
  • Eco-friendly, great if you've got a septic tank or eco sewage system
  • Easy - no smell (really) no hassle as the washing machine is going on anyway.
  • Money saving.  My family get through 16 rolls of toilet paper a month (lots of small children!), even with own brand that's about £8 monthly.  The extra washing is about 50 wipes per week (500 grams) so with a 7kg washing machine, that's only one extra load of washing per month at about 25p.  Should save me £100 a year ish - but I've already got the wipes.

The Con's

  • Forgetful children dropping the dirty wipe down the toilet
  • Other people think it's gross (but no-one is asking them to do it!)
  • Remembering to make up the clean wipes (although we now have a stash of clean, dry wipes in both toilets, which can be wet under the tap for use in emergencies)

All in all, it has been surprisingly easy to switch to being a TP Free household.  Maybe because we were already happy to use Cheeky Wipes for nappy changing and mealtime clean ups anyway.

What do you think - is this something you would consider or is it WAY too gross?  Let us know. In the meantime, check out our full range of reusable wipes here



Wednesday, 19 March 2014  |  9:17

We have been using family wipes for almost 12 months problems apart from the occasional guest having a moan! Means my 3yo can wipe his own bottom :)

Laura B
Wednesday, 19 March 2014  |  10:50

I would definately consider it and think my daughter would adapt easily but suspect hubby would veto the idea!! Mind you I never thought he'd use reusable nappies / wipes...

Anna Hale
Tuesday, 1 July 2014  |  20:10

Quick question - do you feel wet after using them?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014  |  7:55

If I use them for a wee I often just use a dry one (the flannel ones are fine to use dry) but it's actually quite nice using a wet one after a poo, leaves you feeling much cleaner!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014  |  14:36

Although hubby was initially sceptical he agreed to a weekend trial - that was almost 3mths ago! I know some people might consider it a bit gross but honestly there's no need to handle the used wipes & the whole process is very quick & simple. We feel fresher & cleaner AND it's better for the planet & our pockets! I recommend a trial - you won't go back!! ��

Judith Scholes
Tuesday, 19 August 2014  |  11:35

Do you use the same wipes for baby bums, hands and faces, and family wipes? I'm not convinced about mixing them all up! I suppose I could have a different colour for family wipes...

Wednesday, 20 August 2014  |  7:44

We do Judith - we just wash twice a week in dettol anti-bac washing liquid and it is dead easy. Honestly!

Saturday, 20 October 2018  |  16:37

Been using for over 6 months and feel much cleaner than with loo roll.

Jay Blackburn
Monday, 23 March 2020  |  12:24

I do not understand how you see them ? I use around 4 - 5 sheets of TP, First is 2 pieces thickness takes an amount, 3rd cleans it up, 4th and 5th polish ! And that may not be all .
So am I meant to use 3 wipes ? That seems a lot of wipes. ?

Monday, 23 March 2020  |  14:51

Unlike toilet paper, these are thicker and therefore make cleaning up much easier. I rarely use more than one wipe. Unless it's a particularly messy poo. :-)

Jay Blackburn
Tuesday, 24 March 2020  |  14:13

Ah Ha I think Im getting it now ! Use it just like a baby wipe up. Of course its much larger and unlike TP it is designed to clean up - not for writing letters on ! I have been so helped by the admin here. It has to be the most efficient site on the whole net!
Well I think its time to give it a go - I empty caravan toilets OK cant be worse than that !
Thank you Cheeky

Tuesday, 28 April 2020  |  10:58

Why does everything on the site seem to refer to just "Baby" wipes. Eg, In the FAQ at it just has sections for "Cloth Baby Wipes" and "Period Protection".

What about adults? Is there a kit for people who don't have a baby as part of the family?

Thanks in advance.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020  |  13:02

Hi Leuan,
We do indeed have toilet paper altermative kits can view them here:


Friday, 5 June 2020  |  11:25

We have been using Cheeky Wipes instead of toilet paper since lockdown began when the supermarket shelves were bare of loo rolls, and we are complete converts. Having read some of the questions on this website, I thought my experience so far might be useful. I find that one wipe is nearly always sufficient because a towelling wipe is thick enough and absorbent enough. You use it open, then fold it in half and use it again and finally fold it again (now 1/4 size) and finish off. Females should only need to use a wipe for mucky jobs. Males, having a slightly different anatomy in that region, may often need more than one wipe. If all you are doing is a wee then a damp facecloth is enough to ensure you feel clean and dry afterwards: obviously such a facecloth is kept specifically for that purpose, rinsed and hung up to dry each time and washed once a week. That way, you don't go through your stack of clean wipes so quickly, meaning less washing. So that is our experience and not having to buy loo roll very often (I will keep some for guests) is wonderful.

Friday, 5 June 2020  |  15:30

Love this SO much! We completely understand the 'yuck' factor, but in reality that doesn't exist. Thank you for taking a chance to test us out.

Emma Hood
Thursday, 16 July 2020  |  8:34

I have just bought a mucky wipes kit for faces and hands and for bums. My 6 year old is loving it! He is so excited that they don't go in the bin. I always use cloth sanitry items and used reusable nappies with my boy, so this next step seemed obvious.

I am then thinking well why am I still using paper loo roll for the wee trips? If I wanted to switch, what would you recommend. I already have a fresh and mucky box for the loo wipes and already have 1 set of wipes for the bottoms.

Thursday, 16 July 2020  |  10:39

The key is having the wipes ready for a fresh box to store the clean ones in and a mucky box (or they could go into your nappy bin, if that is in the bathroom?) And that's assuming that you have the oils already...
How many wipes you need depends on how often you have a wash going on and how many girls you have in the house / how often everyone else poo's! But I would say an extra set or two of wipes would be helpful.

Sunday, 15 November 2020  |  17:51

I really can't get over how gross this sounds to me but how much I want to try it....pooey wipes in with my clothes washing??

Tuesday, 17 November 2020  |  9:15

Ok, so unless there's something really wrong with your anus, you shouldn't have 'lumps' of poo on a wipe as your anal sphincter does a really good job of ensuring that doesn't happen.

You will of course have smears and if there's anything on a wipe that's more than s smear, hold one end of the wipe in the loo and flush the toilet, which will rinse the wipe off further.

Even if you wipe with toilet paper first and finish off with a Cheeky Wipe, or (if you're female) use Cheeky Wipes after urinating, you'll still enjoy the benefits.

Thursday, 3 December 2020  |  20:52

So is adult poo smear on the wipe water soluble in the wash machine? Will it clean fully and not contaminate the machine or the rest of the laundry in the wash? Do the mucky wipes need to be rinsed on a rinse cycle first before putting in with the rest of the washing (as recommended for cloth nappies)?

Friday, 4 December 2020  |  12:52

Any poo smears will wash away, just wash in a decent length wash, using your normal washing detergent. (Although in saying that, we don't recommend soap nuts or eco-balls as they just don't wash as well as standard laundry products). Because you are soaking the wipes in the mucky box, they don't require a rinse cycle.

Vickie Warrington
Thursday, 6 May 2021  |  21:44

I'm so conflicted about giving these a go... i absolutely love the idea of all of your products, and already use plastic free period towels... so on one hand it freaks me out wiping poo onto a flannel. On the other, I've spent my whole working life so far wiping poo ( I've been a nursery nurse & mum) so why would it be any weirder wiping my own? Also not 100 times different to rinsing my period pants (which the thought of freaked me out as well in the beginning). We're currently using recycled tp (recycled post consumer office waste.... not literal recycled toilet paper haha) which is a step in the right direction.... but still lots of manufacturing and things.

Now I'm torn!

Monday, 17 May 2021  |  10:13

Hey Vickie...I tell you what. Try them and if you don't get on with them I'll refund your money! (Helen founder and CEO here). They're great and they work and you feel MUCH cleaner using them. Let me know how you get on!

Wednesday, 21 July 2021  |  22:05

I've been using washable sanitary towels for 20 years and have only just come across this idea. I tend to get thrush from perfumed disposable sanitary products on the occasions that I do use them and have to use the non perfumed ones. So my question is are the oils hyper allergenic? I guess I would be ok with using for a poo and maybe just use fresh dry ones not in oil mix for a wee. Did you have any thoughts on sensitivities down below?

Thursday, 22 July 2021  |  5:24

Hi Fiona, I have eczema myself and find the wipes with oil absolutely fine to use. However you could just run them under the tap as you're about to use them. Trust me, try it and you'll never go back. Helen

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