There has been a lot of buzz recently about family cloth - do you know what it is? The choice to not buy rolls and rolls of toilet paper, and instead use cloth wipes for your special bathroom needs :-) I haven't written too much about it, since it is definitely a personal thing, and something most people find completely insane. However, I decided today was the day!
We do use family cloth - for everything. I decided to use family cloth after I had my first baby. We were cloth diapering, and using cloth wipes on her. It wasn't an immediate thing. In fact, it wasn't even on my radar until I saw a post by Sara at Walk Slowly, Live Wildly - which I can't seem to find now. But it was a picture of her little basket with all these pretty wipes in it, and that made me want to try it.
So, after perfecting my wipe solution recipe, I did it. I stopped buying toilet paper, and started using the wipes. My husband wasn't immediately on board. I think that it is definitely something that people need to get used to, and he had a bit of time to get used to it. But, when the toilet paper ran out, and he had no other choice in the matter, well, he liked it.
Warning: Gross personal discussion below!
There is a definite ick factor with cloth wipes. I have heard of lots of families that will only use it for #1. For some reason, after I had kids, I no longer was grossed out by anything, and this would be one of those things that gross most people out. As I said above, we were already cloth diapering, so we already had a system in place for cleaning the diapers and wipes. However, baby poo is a lot different than adult poo. What has really helped, in my opinion, is bumGenius Diaper Sprayer. Just like with the babes' diapers/wipes, we spray them before they go in the bucket, which cleans off most of the wipe. I think that if I had to go in and deal with my husband's wipes, all bets would be off, but I don't touch them - and never will :-)
When I go to do laundry, I dump the entire bucket in the washing machine, do a rinse, hot wash with my homemade laundry soap, and then dry them outside or in the dryer on hot. They come out fresh and clean, and we haven't turned back since.
It has been almost 4 years since we started using family cloth. There have definitely been some awkward moments when explaining to friends and family. Of course I continue to encourage my family and friends to try it - to which they all nervously laugh and wonder if I will have toilet paper when they come to visit. I do; I keep a couple rolls on reserve for guests.
So tell me, do you use family cloth? Would you consider it? Do you think that if your family tried it once, they would be on board, like my husband, or do you think they would jump out a window to get away from it instead? My kids don't know any different, so there is no issue for my oldest on using the wipes. I think that is the key, they won't be grossed out if it is something they have always done!
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