Going Green and Saving With Family Cloth

Over the past few years, I’ve been looking for ways to make my family’s home a little greener. A family of five can use up a lot of resources, after all. A major change was switching to more reusable products, rather than using disposables. This has included cloth diapering and making my own “unpaper” towels (tutorial idea?). Well, I recently made another switch to what many people call “family cloth,” meaning I now use cloth wipes instead of toilet paper.

Now, let me clarify. I only use family cloth for, how shall I say, number one. From what I can tell, that’s how the majority of people use it, although I’m sure there are many who go whole hog and use family cloth exclusively. I’m not going to say I won’t make that leap at some point, but not yet.

This change alone has drastically reduced our spending on toilet paper. Considering I’m the only potty trained female in the house, I used the majority of the toilet paper. I’m not even sure how often I buy it now, but it’s rare. Of course, we still keep it around for our “other needs” and guests. Family cloth is obviously good for the environment, too, and I’m happy to save a few trees if I can.

Saving money and the planet aren’t the only benefits of using family cloth. It’s also much softer and easier to use than toilet paper. As much as toilet paper manufacturers are always trying to come up with a softer version (that doesn’t fall apart on you), nothing comes close to a cotton wipe (or fleece, or velour, or sherpa etc.). Reusable wipes are also larger and thicker than toilet paper, making you know what a whole lot easier. I always praised cloth wipes for my babies; why not for me, too?

You’re probably wondering, at this point, how it works. I’ll walk you through what I do. I use Thirsties wipes, which I first purchased as baby wipes. I liked them so much for my babies that I bought some more for myself. They’re about 8×8 inches and made of velour on one side and microfleece on the other. (I love Thirsties cloth diaper products and appreciate that the company employs work-at-home moms to make its products). You could also choose from many other wipes available online, or you could make your own if you sew. I’ve even heard of people simply using old T-shirts cut up into squares.

I keep the wipes in a basket next to the toilet. I also keep a small wetbag nearby to put them it after use. I would recommend this work-at-home mom’s wetbags. I have four and love them! When the bag gets full, I dump its contents and the bag itself into the washing machine. Since I also have babies in cloth diapers, I wash my family cloth along with the cloth diapers, but you could wash it with your regular laundry, especially if you only use it “part-time” like me. Just don’t use fabric softener on your wipes because it leaves a residue that will affect their absorbency.

In the picture below, you can see the basket of wipes on the table and the wetbag hanging from the door handle.

It’s that easy! Would you ever consider making the switch to family cloth?

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