Family Cloth

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This is the post in which my FIL officially excommunicates me from the family. And the post in which you think I'm crazy. But here goes. :)

First, a little background. {And maybe more than you ever wanted to know about me!}

TMI, okay? TMI.

Ok. Fair warning.

I have a small bladder. Like, an almost non-existent one. I can go to the bathroom, empty my bladder, and have to go again in less than three minutes. I don't really get it. But anyway, about a year ago, as I was buying toilet paper yet again, I started thinking, "Hmm. I know a lot of people who cloth diaper... and use cloth wipes...."

Can you see where I'm going with this?

So finally I got brave enough to confess my idea to Alicia. She said, "Um, it's not like you are the first one to think about this. Google 'family cloth.' You'll love it."

So I did. And I do! And I just ordered these.

















I've been using cut-up wash cloths for about a week now to see if I like them. I do. But they fray at the edges. And I'm too lazy to sew my own cloths. And the ones I'm ordering seem super soft and wonderful.

Let's get to the point. Here are my reasons:

1. Waste. I hate the waste of toilet paper. That is my number one reason. I'm trying to get rid of, or at least minimize, disposable, one-use-only products in my life. {The rest of my reasons are in no particular order.}

2. Natural products. Have you ever wondered why toilet paper is white, anyway? Read this article. To chlorine bleach I say no, thank you.

3. Expense. If I can go to the bathroom twice in three minutes, can you even begin to imagine how much toilet paper I use? And I hate scratchy, cheap toilet paper. That leads me to my fourth point:

4. Comfort. I'm excited to use a natural cotton cloth. Even my old wash cloths are more comfortable and absorbent than toilet paper, and the ones I'm ordering seem like they'll be really soft!

5. Absorbency. I've felt much cleaner the times I've used cloth. And there is no toilet paper residue to deal with!

Wes refuses to be part of this endeavor. That is ok. I'm doing it for me. And I'm only doing it for #1, in case you're curious. :) And not when I'm on my period. {Now it's really TMI, sorry!}

And don't worry. I plan to hide my wipes when people come over, although I'll probably keep a small, clean stack on top of the toilet when it's just the two of us -- so nothing obtrusive, anyway. The bin where I'll toss them is hidden away in a closet, so no one should stumble upon them unknowingly. And I'll obviously have toilet paper for everyone else, so you don't need to be afraid to come over. :)

Annnddddd now it's time for you to tell me you think I'm crazy. Ready, set, go!

16 comments:

Ashley said...

I think that's incredibly brave and noble. Good luck - and I want to hear how it goes!

katygirl said...

I feel like you should have linked this to my confessions post.

Amy said...

I'm glad it's just for number 1 because toward the middle of the post I was thinking, "What happens with number 2?!"

Rita said...

I dont think this is crazy, its great! I might have to start using these as well. I will already be washing cloth diapers and I use (and LOVE) cloth pads. Why didn't I think of this sooner?! : )

Beth said...

Actually, Amy, a lot of people use these for #2! I'm just not one of them. At least not yet. :)

Rita, have you ever tried a Diva or Moon Cup? I was SO excited to start using one, and I haven't been able to because it's been super painful. :( You should fb message me if you've tried....

mollie said...

Are you sure your bladder is small and not overactive? Even if you have a tiny bladder that's an excessive amount of urination, I think...and if it really is overactive you can train it to not be like that. :-)

And bravo for the cloths. I've often thought about using cloth diapers when I have kids, and I didn't even know that cloth toilet paper was an option, although it makes perfect sense. I will have to consider it...

(Also, you could just go the route of having little or no periods. IUDs are incredible devices!)

Kelly said...

way to go! i'm about to try it too. we're already washing cloth diapers and wipes for 2 every other day, so a few extras thrown in there will be nothing. we wash our diapers on a rinse with vinegar to kill anything nasty then a hot wash, and i'm sure that you could do the same especially if you ever decided to use them for #2 :) again i say, way to go!!!

Anonymous said...

Beth,

YOU ROCK!!! For so long I've been thinking about using cloth diapers when I have kiddos, but why not start with little 'ole me?!?! This reduces waste, reduces my exposure to bleach, and is a move I could feel proud about! AWESOME!

Kristin

Amanda said...

okay, John and I can not stop laughing!

Rebekah said...

This MAY be the funniest post I've ever read! I love your commitment to the environment and that you apparently have a strong following from the comments! Haha,oh, and I am looking forward to a followup post about how all this works out:). Maybe I'll get inspired too? Also, i just googled mooncup....EWW.

Beth said...

Rebekah, don't hate on the moon cup! They are truly amazing. I wish I could get mine to fit correctly... I just need to keep trying. But I have yet to hear a negative review of someone who's gotten it to fit correctly. They are sanitary, last a LONG time (years and years -- think of all the money you spend on pads & tampons!), and apparently are insanely comfortable (this has been the hard part for me). A lot of people say they reduce cramping, too, since they don't strip your body of natural moisture like tampons do. I know this kind of stuff isn't for everyone, though... all I'm saying is be informed before you hate. ;)

Alicia said...

OMG.

Beth you are so disgusting and I can't believe people actually do stuff like this.

I don't think we can be friends anymore.

Srsly.

Anonymous said...

@ Alicia: BAHAHAHA!! I agree!
Beth you are a NUTJOB!! If you're so concerned about the environment, maybe you should just drip dry! And maybe you should follow the theory "if it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down!" Seriously, you're a complete fruitcake!!

Amanda said...

Awww, I don't think you're disgusting. We use cloth wipes for our babies and I loved how they worked so much that I admit, I have used them myself more than once. But this post was HILARIOUS and just...I don't know...the next time I see you, I might laugh. A lot. I can not believe you put this on facebook. Bold! Very bold.

Laurin said...

Beth. You never cease to amaze me and make me laugh. I just love that you are doing this. Not b/c of the environment. But b/c it's you and you, my friend, are one of a kind! And I do want you to be as comfortable as possible = ).

KRISTIN said...

Do you need your own wetbag to place the used cloths before washing them?

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