OK… I kept hearing Colin’s experiment referred to as “the year without toilet paper” but everybody got very vague about exactly how that was accomplished. So for “no impact week” I did some research and decided to give it a go. So here are the details… hope nobody finds this gross, but somebody has to provide the details!
Here’s my method. I cut up an old T-shirt into wipe-sized portions and use them instead of TP. I tried it for both number one and number two, but decided that number two was a little too gross for me. I read on-line about one woman who used this method and then just washed them with her load of diapers. Since I am sans baby, that wasn’t an option for me. She had a small diaper pale with a lid by the potty and they just threw the wipes into that.
Well… I tried that for a bit, but since I generally only do about one load of laundry every 3-4 weeks, I decided it was gonna get really gross. I also figured I’d need a ridiculous number of wipes! So instead I just have a small bucket between the toilet and sink (actually it’s an old yogurt tub) and I collect soapy grey water from hand washing etc. After the wipe is used I just toss it into the bucket of water and let it soak. Then I wash them by hand once a day (takes about 5 minutes). I hang them to dry on an old plastic 5-rung hanger. If it’s sunny I hang it outside in the sun, otherwise it just dries in the bathroom.
At first I thought it would be totally disgusting, but it really wasn’t. It’s actually more comfortable to wipe with cloth than with paper. For number one, it’s really only a few drops that get wiped anyhow… so it’s really not any more disgusting than washing your underwear by hand.
So I think I’m gonna keep it up… I can already tell that I’ll save a bunch of money on TP!