Reusable Toilet Paper

As toilet paper became scarce, people started joking about making their own. I had thought about doing so back when I lived off grid in NM years ago but never did. When I saw other crafters posting their homemade TP, I couldn’t resist.

I guestimated a good size for a square and made a simple template. I had a unused linen kitchen towel that I cut up for the experiment.

First I made squares with a 1/4″ seam. The finished look was nice but seemed superfluous. All that pinning just for toilet paper? Meh.

My Serger gave a nice finished edge. No pinning required and a flatter finish.

But the most important point-Do they work? They’re…ok. Yes they work and the cloth is certainly softer on the tender bits. But they’re not as convenient as the flushable kind. I keep them in a tupperware container near the toilet and throw the used ones into a ziplock bag. Since I wash them with Dr. Bronner’s they’re not treated with chemicals like regular toilet paper. So that’s a plus. And I only use them for urine.

Will I keep using them? Maybe. Thankfully, there’s still toilet paper to be bought! However, I really like the reusable aspect of my homemade squares. If I’m in a hurry then flushable TP is the way to go. But why not use a trip to the bathroom as a moment of reflection? Time for breath work, reality testing, etc. That’s when I’ll use the cloth TP.

Author: Stephanie

Stephanie Huffman is a writer and fiber artist living in Portland, Oregon. She holds a BS in Theater Arts from Portland State University and a Masters of Art from National Chengchi University. Her work focuses on comedy, culture and puppetry.

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