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Reusable Toilet Paper Is A Thing And People Are Really Divided

emily.mcwilliams 11 Dec 2018

It seems that almost every day, people have found a new topic to take sides on.

These topics spark debates on Twitter and in the comments section and people can get really passionate about their stance.

This time, people are divided over reusable toilet paper, or as it is also called, the family cloth.

First of all, I'm sure you have some questions as to how this reusable toilet paper works.

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That is completely understandable because, for most of us, this is a brand-new territory.

Let's dive into some of the frequently asked questions.

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Reusable toilet paper is sometimes referred to as the "family cloth".

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You can find rolls of the family cloth for sale online at sites like Etsy. Many families also make their own using flannel or cotton squares.

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Not everyone hangs theirs up on a roll. In many cases, they'll keep the clean cloths in a basket near the toilet.

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Just looks like a stack of washcloths to me.

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So, why are people making the switch to the family cloth?

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Well, there are a few reasons for this. One, of course, is that reusable toilet paper is more eco-friendly. It reduces the amount of paper waste that a family produces. That seems like a good reason.

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Another reason is money.

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If you have a big family, toilet paper can take a big chunk out of your budget. With the family cloth, you only have to replace it whenever the fabric begins to wear out. You could save a lot of money in the long run.

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Finally, some people swear they feel cleaner after using it.

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Sometimes, paper just won't do the trick. For the record, many people use a bidet or a spray bottle with water in addition to the family cloth to get everything clean down there.

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Now that you know the why, here's how this whole thing works.

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After you've done your business, simply take one of the cloths and give yourself a wipe.

Most families who use the family cloth have a hamper in the bathroom for you to place the cloth when you're done.

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The hamper is emptied every few days and the cloths are laundered.

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If the idea of a hamper of used, fabric toilet paper grosses you out, keep in mind that many people wash with water first and then use the cloth.

As well, some families don't use the cloth for number two, so, it's not like there's a hamper full of poop sitting there.

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So, that's pretty much everything you need to know about reusable toilet paper.

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It really doesn't seem so out-there when you think about it. And every family is different. Some who use it still keep regular TP on hand for guests or just casually use it to reduce their paper waste.

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When you think about it, it's really no different than cloth diapers.

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These have been around forever and no one really bats an eye at those.

Heck, even regular underwear, which is constantly in touch with our nether regions, is washed and re-worn every day.

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Since this is the age of Twitter though, people have strong opinions on this whole reusable toilet paper thing.

I think it's safe to say that @Hollyanna2305 is not on board with this idea. Hey, you do whatever you think is best for you and your family.

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Other people seem merely curious about the whole thing.

Yeah, I'm curious, too. Don't get me wrong, when I first heard about it, I was a little weirded out but it's always worthwhile to do some research.

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This tweet raises a good point.

You do have to prepare to do more laundry. If you think that this isn't something you can keep up with, maybe it's not the best choice at the moment.

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However, some people who use the family cloth swear by it.

Instagram user @artistasfamily wrote that she saves about $300 a year since making the switch. That is a lot of money to put away into your savings. It's definitely something to think about.

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Some people have been using it for years.

Recent media and social media attention sparked the debate on the family cloth, but some families have been using it for a while now.

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What do you think?

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Are you pro-family cloth or is this the weirdest thing you've read about all week? If you're looking for a way to save money and help the environment, it could be worth making the switch.

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