Toilet Paper Alternative: Use Cheeky Wipes Instead
Cheeky Wipes - the Toilet Paper Alternative
What can I use instead of toilet paper?
You can use reusable wipes instead of toilet paper. And we've been doing it for a while now and not only is it easy but it's SO much nicer for wiping than paper! You're left feeling properly clean - after all if you got dog poo on your arm would you just wipe it off with tissue?
I've been thinking about using a toilet paper alternative (also called family cloth) 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 from using cloth diapers / nappies. and I might as well put them to good use (aside from face & hand wiping after meal-times).
How to use reusable wipes as toilet paper
To use reusable wipes as Toilet Paper:
- Keep a box full of cloth wipes in your bathroom, soaked in water and our fresh wipes solution. Or keep them dry and spritz with our wet and wipes solution
- If soaked, the Wipes will stay fresh for 2 days before they need refreshing
- Wipe your bottom with the wet wipes. You'll feel clean and fresh!
- The used wipes should be placed in the mucky wipes box with it's mesh bag insert, where the teatree oil solution will keep them smelling fresh
- Every other day or so, gather up our mucky reusable toilet wipes, bung them into the washing machine and change the solutions in both boxes / make some fresh wipes up
I've got boxes of freshly made up Cheeky Toilet 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!
What are the pros and cons of reusable toilet paper?
The pro's of reusable toilet paper:
- Leaves you feeling properly fresh and clean (no wee bits of toilet paper stuck in lady bits or bum cracks, yuck!)
- Great for hairy bums and messy poo's!
- Eco-friendly, great if you've got a septic tank, eco sewage system or perhaps live on a boat
- 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 roll a month (lots of small children!), even with own brand that's about £12 monthly. The extra washing is about 50 wipes per week (500 grams) so with a 7kg washing machine full load, that's only one extra load of washing per month at about £1 to £2 if you use the tumble dryer. Should save me £100 a year ish - but I've already got the wipes.
The con's of reusable toilet paper:
- 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 quickly)
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.
Can you make your own toilet paper?
No, you can't easily make your own toilet paper because it would involve processing wood pulp or bamboo pulp to make paper, which would probably be too time-consuming for most of us. But you could make your own reusable toilet paper, using old towels or flannels and wash them in the same way. Beware though if you cut up an old towel...I did this when I started out using reusable wipes and within 2 or 3 weeks they looked like rags for washing the car, so I don't recommend it.
The Cheeky Wipes Toilet Paper Alternative kit makes switching to reusable wipes easy, with the storage boxes for clean and dirty wipes and the handy mesh bag insert which means you NEVER have to touch the dirty wipes.
Can you use wet wipes as toilet paper?
No, no, no. You definitely shouldn't use wet wipes as toilet paper. Even 'flushable' plastic free toilet wipes can still clog our sewers, causing fatbergs and blockages. Standard plastic containing baby wipes are even worse! NEVER use kitchen roll or paper towels either. Avoid unless you want a hefty bill for clearing your drains!
Anyway, why would you want to? Instead of 30 sheets of toilet paper (as one commenter has posted), 3 reusable cloth wipes will clean even the messiest poo.
Is Reusable Toilet Paper hygienic?
Yes, reusable toilet paper is hygienic. We've been using these wipes for 8 years now as alternatives to toilet paper and have never had a urinary tract infection. If anything our genital health has improved from not dragging or scrubbing dry tissue over delicate areas!
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.
About the author: Helen Rankin founded Cheeky Wipes back in 2008, when people thought she was crackers selling reusable wipes. She's also a Mum of 4 and has suffered through the occasionally toe-curling pain of breast-feeding with all 4 children, so is well placed to give advice on breast pads. Cheeky Wipes have been specialists in 'Simple Reusables' since 2008 and are especially proud of their friendly, helpful customer services, answered by real people who have all used the products themselves.