If you're anything like me, you hate throwing things away. You hate contributing to the landfill and you also think that reusing as much stuff as possible saves money. Toilet paper, in it's current form, seems to be the exception. Reusing toilet paper is disgusting, unsanitary, and just all around no good. Agreed?
But, there is another option. Yes, you can use cloth toilet paper. Just take a soft fabric, like flannel, and cut it up. Keep it in the bathroom. Make separate spots for the clean and dirty ones and you've got reusable toilet paper. It is a one time expense. You will save money and trees. It might even be softer than what you use now.
Why Don't I Do This?
Even though I scrub the poop off of my kids' diapers daily, I don't have any inclination toward scrubbing my husband's or even my own poop off of cloth wipes. This may be what Amy Dacyczyn refers to as "selective squeamishness." I'm not sure why kid poop seems less dirty, but it does. Maybe some day I'll feel differently.
What Do I Do?
I am a compulsive counter and folder of squares. There are folders and scrunchers when it comes to toilet paper. Oh, I used to be a scruncher, until I started thinking it through. Scrunching, in my opinion, allows for less control and forces you to use more to get equal results. So, even though I don't reuse toilet paper, I am toilet paper conscious, and I'm teaching Daniel, my oldest, to fold as well.
How do you feel about reusable toilet paper? If you use store-bought toilet paper, do you fold or scrunch?