Wednesday, April 7, 2010

More TMI, Beware: Family Cloth

As I've said before, I've kinda gone a little crunchy.  Cloth diapers, cloth pads, cloth napkins, etc etc.  The only thing I was still waiting on was using family cloth.  If you're unaware of this, it's using cloth wipes instead of TP.  From what I've been able to find online, people are pretty grossed out by this.  I believe I read someone's comment calling whoever did this an environazi.  However, when I heard about it, I was open to the idea.  But for whatever reason, it's been months and months and I still was using TP. 

Cut to last week when we ran out.  I hate running out of TP!  Sitting there searching the nearby area for anything to use, wondering if your two year old will understand if you tell her to get mommy some TP from the other bathroom.  And I did what I had to do, I used a washcloth.  I survived.  And it got me thinking about family cloth again and how much TP we go through, and how it's really the last of the paper products we still use in our house. 

So, yesterday I rummaged through my scrap box, found some flannel, and went to work.  I came up with 35 5"x5" squares, pinked the edges, and sewed two pieces together.  I have to say, they were pretty cute and inviting right away.  Ingrid wanted to go potty three times in an hour just to be able to use a new wipe.  Hmmm, maybe these would catch on as potty learning tools? 

We put the wipes in a little box on the counter, moved the diaper bin into the bathroom, and viola!  We are the proud new users of family cloth.  My husband came home and saw me making more, and I was just gushing about how proud I was of myself for doing this.  He kind of gave me a look and shrugged.  Whatever, my wife is going crazy again...But he used them when he took Ingrid to the bathroom, that's all I care about. 

So there you go, more personal information about our household practices that you probably never wanted to know.  I did warn you, though.


Chari said...

I've been thinking about this as well. We are already in the habit of not throwing away our TP in the toilet anyway since we are on septic. I'm just wondering what to do about vistors when they come over. Just leave a roll of TP on the rolls for them? I don't think I want to be washing anyone elses cloth but my own ;-)

Stuff Parents Need said...

good question about what to do for visitors. Also, are you using them for *ahem* everything related to going to the bathroom?

Amber Liddle said...

My daughter and I have used them everything, and we still have TP for visitors and my husband. He still won't use them on himself, but luckily he'll use them on our daughter! But I have to say, I never touch anything so it wouldn't bother me if visitors wanted to try it out! We use a pillowcase in the bin, which I shake out into the washer, therefore never touching a thing.