How to go Toilet Paper Free?
25 April 2022 | Admin
Are you considering going toilet-paper free? We've been a toilet paper free zone for the last 6 years here at Team Cheeky HQ and we absolutely guarantee that it's easier and much less gross than you think with our toilet paper alternative kit. And if you've got questions, we’re here to help!
Instructions on how to go toilet paper free:
- choose some cloth wipes (we prefer cotton flannel) and store them by your loo
- dry wipes are fine for pee, but soak your wipes for cleaning after poo
- tap water and essential oil wipes solution is perfect for soaking, or wet and wipe spray
- storing them presoaked means that they're always convenient for bum wiping
- once used, keep the mucky wipes in a storage box or lidded bucket until you have a wash going on
- wash in your washing machine at 40c with anti-bacterial laundry solution, or 60c hot water wash
- dry, then reuse
We'll also cover off these questions you might have about going toilet paper free:
We understand that switching to reusable toilet paper might save like a REALLY extreme way to save money, or just for eco-warriors. But actually there's lots of benefits for ditching disposable toilet paper.
'Easy set up and no mess. Took me a while to get my head around being ok to wash it with other clothes but so easy now and much less paper being bought!' Hayley
Yes, reusable wipes are better than toilet paper because:
The comedian Chris Ramsey often talks about how he has to shower after a poo as otherwise he doesn't feel clean. He uses the example that if for example you got dog poo on your arm, you wouldn't just wipe it off with paper, you'd wash it off!
He's got a fair point, although who has got time to shower every time you poo? Tissue and toilet paper also has a tendency to leave little bits of toilet paper behind, which is just GROSS. Using reusable cloth wipes just leaves you feeling clean and fresh.
Many women find that as they get older, vaginal dryness becomes an issue and toilet paper actually causes dragging and irritation. Fragrance free reusable wet wipes are the solution for this annoying problem.
Obviously eco friendly toilet paper is absolutely fine to flush. But production and shipping of bulky toilet paper has an environmental impact. A set of reusable wipes is a brilliant eco friendly alternative as they can simply be washed over and over again as part of a mixed washload.
In many parts of Australia, many unsewered developments in Western Australia use septic tank systems to treat and dispose of sewage. Keeping toilet paper out of this sewage means less frequent emptying and no blockages.
'I have Crohn's disease and find the frequent trips to the bathroom uncomfortable. Conventional toilet paper is unpleasant and I get through it quickly. These wipes have made my life so much easier, cheaper and much more comfortable. Glad I made the leap and brought these.' Sarah
There are a few solutions that you can use as an eco alternative to toilet paper:
We've already talked about cloth wipes as a wet wipes alternative. However many European countries favour a bidet in their bathrooms. Whilst bidets are useful, we feel that you still need to wipe with something, even if only to dry yourself after washing.
Many asian and far eastern countries have a similar ideas with a toilet / shower attachment which goes on the wall beside the toilet. Also known as a 'bum gun', these are great for a quick rinse, although again you'd need to dry yourself after and it's a bit of a faff if you're just doing a wee!
Wash and dry toilets are also now an option in Australia. If you're changing your bathroom anyway and installing a new loo, then it's definitely something to consider although these are pretty pricey. Starting from $1000 plus installation costs.
At Cheeky Wipes, we've been specialising in simple reusables since 2008. Take a look at our range which help save you money AND save the planet:
Reusable bamboo nappies - Got kids in nappies? Cloth nappies, also known as reusable nappies or 'real' nappies are easier to use than you think. They'll also save you money, especially if you[re using them for more than one child or are buying pre-loved / will sell them on when finished with them.
Washable Makeup removing pads - this is the easiest eco swap you can make. Just use our reusable makeup removing pads with coconut oil or your favourite cleanser, wash and reuse
Reusable baby wipes - the original Cheeky kit, launched in 2008 to solve the problem of disposable baby wipes which were causing irritation. The best-selling reusable wipes in the UK for more than a decade!
Period Pants & Reusable Sanitary Pads - the comfy eco alternative to tampons and disposable pads. Did you know that just ONE pack of disposable maxi pads can contain as much plastic as FIVE plastic bags? Not only are period knickers and washable period pads more eco-friendly, but they're easy to use and way more comfortable too.
Enjoy this post? Check out our ultimate guide to reusable breast pads or our Ultimate Guide to Sleeping on your period
And if you've got any questions, please do contact us. The team use the products themselves and love nothing more than chatting pee, poo and periods!
About the author: Helen Rankin founded Cheeky Wipes in 2008, with her best-selling reusable wet wipes kit. She's been toilet paper free at home for 6 years, and only has toilet paper for guests. She loves feeling fresh and clean and not ending up with bits of loo roll in her nether region!