Bumf, bum wad, loo roll/paper, bog roll, toilet roll, dunny roll/paper, bathroom/toilet tissue, TP, arsewipe, and just tissue.
What funny names for Toilet Paper. I personally just say plain ol’ TP. Although, my personal favorites are, “bumf” and “arsewipe”.
Imagine with me for a second, someone yelling from the restroom, “MOM!!!! I need some more BUMF!!!!” Or replace it with “arsewipe” …….Bahahah!
Can’t resist. It just makes me laugh.
I am pretty excited and slightly nervous to be writing a blog post, about me NOT using toilet paper, that will be available for the whole world to see. But here goes…
My sweet, sweet husband got a phone call from me a while ago at work and it went something like this:
Me: “Hey! How are you?”
Him: “Good. What’s up?”
Me: “well……. (long awkward pause, while a few nervous giggles from me bubble out) I stumbled upon a blog that was talking about not using toilet paper any more and switching to Cloth Toilet paper. And I um…( a few more giggles trying to get the nerve to ask my still fairly new husband who i don’t want to think he got stuck with some crazy weirdo chick who is going to change his whole world as he knows it) was wondering if you would want to try it with me??
(a few more questions back and forth on how they did it, what they used, etc He said:)
Him: “Sure. Sounds good to me.”
Gosh, I love him.
I was pretty excited when he was on board and wanted to give it a whirl with me. We made a pact that we wouldn’t tell anyone yet (for fear of the awkward questions and weird looks that we were going to get, while we ourselves were still a little unsure) and then I let him get back to work, and I started to day dream about using Cloth Toilet Paper instead of the paper kind.
So without further ado, here is the tutorial how to make all your cloth toilet paper dreams come true in 5 easy steps!!
How to Make Cloth Toilet Paper
– A sharp pencil or a chop stick
Makes about 36-Ish Wipes. (I think it has the potential to make more but we got one yard one size and the other yard a different size and it didn’t seem to add up like we planned. Plus material isn’t perfect so that is why it is -ish-)
STEP 1: Wash and Dry Material
– Gets rid of the chemicals they use and then it helps with the shrinkage factor before you sew them together.
STEP 2: Cut the flannel into 6 1/2X6 1/2 inch squares
-It helped to have a big flat something and measure out the measurements and mark it with a pencil. Then Cut them out.
– I feel like this is the perfect size but if you want to adjust the size (possibly for trying to make baby wipes or whatever else) have fun experimenting! (ending amount will vary)
*Note we planned the seem allowance so the end product was about 6×6
STEP 3: Put them together
-Sew 1/4″ around the edges -Sew 1/4″ around the whole
except leaving a 2 inch gap thing and Viol’a you’re done!
STEP 4: Turn them inside out
-Those pesky corners are a true pain. But it helps if you have a sharp pencil or a chopstick to poke them out.
STEP 5: Close the gap
-In order to close the gap without it looking super tacky I just folded the sides in and made them match the rest of the sewn edges and then just did another go around with the sewing machine closing it off and in doing so adding a little more reinforcement.
-Clip the threads.
-You can iron them if you so desire, otherwise YOU’RE DONE!!
My secret pact I had made with the hubby, it didn’t last too long. I had to share my excitement and weirdness with someone! I told my sister in law a couple of days after deciding to go for it and she thought it was a weird but cool idea. And even said she wanted give it a shot too! Man I was stoked. This gave me the courage to share my story and what I think about it with anyone.
-Get’s rid of the toxin’s touching my *wahoo*
-Saves money in the long run
-Helps protect from infections
-I feel cleaner and not smelly
-They are super soft
-One more load of laundry (unless your are cloth diapering then go ahead and throw those babies in together)
-Takes time getting used too
*Note: somethings might be a little TMI-ee but don’t worry I will give you a heads up if you feel the need to avert your eyes
So after I have made my dreamy cloth toilet paper what the heck happens next??
-A simple basket on top of the toilet will do.
-You can choose to use the wipes dry or wet
-You can use a spray bottle to get them wet (if so desired you can put a drop or two of essential oil in the water to make you feel all freshened up)
-(TMI WARNING) My experience: I use a spray bottle and use it on the mist setting, getting one side moist but not soaking. Then I wipe once with the wet side,fold it in half and use the more dry side to wipe a second time to dry off. You can fold it again if you feel the need or call it good. I love the way I feel afterwards! It is like, I am actually clean, and not just smearing my pee around.
-A couple of people had said that they used a trashcan that had a lid on it and used a pillow case as the liner and placed them there until it was time to wash.
-Some people fill up a waste basket or a water proof bag with a vinegar and water mixture (Huge fan of vinegar here, so I just dump enough in until I feel like it is good enough) and place them in that until it is time to wash them.
-You can choose to place the #1’s and the #2’s in the same area or you can have them separate.
(I have personally, tried both the dry and wet way. For my #1’s I like placing them just a dry container and my #2’s I like placing them in the vinegar/water mixture.)
-I use my hottest water setting on my washer and (again huge fan of vinegar) I dump in a lot of vinegar in and wash them like normal. (if you want you can wash them twice but they were fine after just one wash)
-I dry them like any normal thing but if you want you can use your higher heat setting on your dryer.
(Bonus!! If you are cloth diapering you can just wash them with your cloth diapers)
QUESTION/ANSWER (Possibly a little TMI)
-Q: What do you do for those who don’t want to use the cloth wipes?
-A: You can just keep some store bought TP on hand for your guests. You can let them know (if you want) that they are welcome to use the cloth wipes if they want to.
-Q: Can I really use these for my #2 business?
-A: Yep! If you have ever heard of the Squatty Potty or the more Eastern style of going to the restroom (squatting more instead of our 90 degree style of sitting) you are less likely to make a messy deposit. Therefore not leaving much to be wiped up. If you feel like it is going to be messy, then use some of the store bought TP that you have saved for guests.
-Q: Does it smell?
-A: I haven’t ever noticed a smell (and with a pregnant nose going on right now… that is pretty darn good.) If you feel like it smells, go ahead and wash them then and there. Also, using a storage container that has a lid will help to prevent smell.
-Q: How often do you wash them?
-A: Because it is just my husband and I (right now) I wash them when I run out. About once a week. (Because I am the one usually using them, going to the restroom a gazillion times a day) But, you can wash them as much as you feel necessary.
(ok, last question that (I can think of…)
-Q: What about when Aunt Flo comes for a visit??
-A: Not having a period lately, I haven’t dealt with this yet. But, the things I have thought that I would give a shot are possibly:
–Making some monthly cloth wipes. Making them in the color red (so not to ruin the color of my other cloths)
–Using them and then rinsing them out and putting some hydrogen peroxide on them
–And my last thought was if I (or you) don’t feel comfortable with the upper options, you can use the store bought TP. (although I don’t recommend it)
Welp, that is all that I think anyone could want to know or knows about cloth toilet papering. But if you have questions, or any comments I would love to hear them!
-The Girl With Cloth Toilet Paper,
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