Today it’s all about how to make reusable toilet paper for survival. Now before you get all grossed out, let me explain. When the toilet paper disappears from all the stores, now what? Some people may have a few rolls, or a few hundred rolls, stored away. Let’s assume we have an unforeseen disaster, one where the roads cave in or are washed away like we had the last few years on the east coast and recently in Louisiana. We had a major highway between Southern Utah and Nevada separate when a heavy rain storm hit fast and hard. It was the remains of Hurricane Norbert. It was closed for any semi-trucks driving from California to Northern Utah for four or five days. This happened just a few years ago. Yikes! It wasn’t an earthquake or hurricane, but it affected everyone who drives on the I-15 highway from Utah to Nevada and California.
I live north of St. George about 10 miles so I was curious to see how many people were shopping at a few grocery stores nearby after the highway was closed. After I scoped out the store and took some pictures (bottled water shelves were half empty) I left the store. I then drove to another store about seven miles away and people were pushing shopping carts stacked full of cases of water. Here’s the deal, I think people suddenly realized what would happen if we were cut-off from major highways both for personal travel and delivery by the trucks full of items from distribution centers. I didn’t need anything because food storage and water storage are a way of life for me. I live and teach it. Don’t be without water and toilet paper to name a few things. Let’s get started today about a touchy subject. Yes, you can save old phone books and tear a few sheets out or use leaves if you have to. Well, I will be using reusable toilet paper after my regular toilet paper runs out. No worries, I have ways to wash it and not contaminate my other clothes that need to be washed if an unforeseen disaster were to happen. I have different mobile washing machines I will show you in the next few days.
Reusable Toilet Paper-Family Cloth
No one wants to talk about toilet stuff. I get it. But here’s the deal, we need to talk about it. We all use the bathroom so let’s just lay all the cards out. Number one, I want my own emergency toilet and I want toilet paper to go with it. Now you can save your old phone books and use those pages to take care of your business as well. But today I am showing you how to make you own toilet paper cloths I call “family cloths”. I made mine in ten-inch squares. I’m going to use my serger to go around all the edges to keep them from fraying. Or I might sew them and turn them inside out and top-stitch. I bought a small garbage can and inside that can I have a zippered clothes bag to put the soiled family cloth in to wash later. I will add apple cider vinegar to the water with my laundry soap to wash them.
Water Bottles For Rinsing
In the picture above you see two bottles. These can be filled with water and a drop or two of essential oil to rinse our private areas. It might seem really crazy to think about making your own cloth toilet paper. Well, these are really soft flannel squares with zero chemicals and fewer trees will be cut down than they need to make regular toilet paper. My daughters grew up with cloth diapers. I think more and more young mothers realize how expensive disposable diapers are. I keep reading where some very smart young mothers are starting to use cloth diapers. Yay! The first investment is a lot, but so is a monthly disposable diaper bill, even with coupons.
All we can do is take baby steps to be prepared for the unexpected, but we need to start today. I hope this post motivates you to really think about how much toilet paper we can really store? We can use my emergency washing machine to wash and rinse the toilet paper cloths. We will need a way to hang up our laundry too! My YouTube, using my clothesline is on the Earth Easy website. I love that clothesline! EarthEasy.com Clothesline
Very good post….again! I did a display on potty alternatives during a disaster at our Stakes Emergency Fair. In my 2 bucket potties I had stacks of flannel square on display. People were surprised but understood. I bought flannel shirts for 99 cents at my thrift store, washed & bleached & cut to size. This also saves a LOT of space.
Linda, Recently I read how the pioneer did without toilet paper which by the way was only brought into daily use in the 20th century. Before that a bowl of water was beside the toilet for the user to dip his hand in and wash or wipe and clean himself. This was only done with the left hand. This was why the custom of shaking hands with your right hand became the standard greeting. Such interesting facts I find in studying history I wanted to share with you and your readers.
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