I heard somewhere about ‘going paperless’ and I took hold to the idea of using less consumable products. I heard from people who stopped buying paper towels, napkins, and tissues, but not toilet paper, obviously. Why obviously? This sparked the competitive side of me, and I started thinking… why not toilet paper?
The pioneer folk barely had paper to write on, let alone wipe their butts on. What did they do? I’ve never read about it in Little House on the Prairie but they must have used something… cloth! I started thinking through what we could use and the ‘how’ of using it. This is what I came up with! The picture below is my bathroom and it has the toilet-sized cloths that I use for mostly #1 and the actual toilet paper for #2. I decided to only rewash cloths that didn’t have #2 on it, but I suppose I could go the whole way one day!
We did not stop at toilet paper, oh no! The easiest switches have been with the paper towels.
The other easy change was for cloth napkins. I think we might have ‘real’ cloth napkins folded away in a trunk somewhere, but I needed everyday cloth napkins for kid use. So, we (I) cut the napkin sized cloths and just replaced the paper ones with cloth. I’m also not a fanatic, so I add store napkins to the pile whenever we bring them home from eating out. This is about being thrify as well as green!
On my way back in, I noticed the mud that my bug-catching daughter had tracked in over the sliding door threshold. I lickity-split wet one of my paper towel cloths and wiped that mud up!