Y’all are surprisingly open minded. Of everyone who read my post asking why we don’t ALL use cloth wipes instead of toilet paper, nobody called me crazy. At least not in a comment.
Melissa came the closest:
…there’s NO way I want poopy smelling cloths piling up in my house for even one hour. Plus add in 3 teenage menstruating girls”¦..oh, no. no way.
I didn’t use cloth diapers for my kids either. I just can’t get past the thought of random poop particles swishing around in my clothes washer.
But, if it works for you”¦..please be my guest! I’ll be sure to bring my roll of TP when I come visit you. ha ha ha
A lot of you worried about the smell. Sandra Dee wrote:
And I know that as someone with an extra strong sense of smell there will be NO WAY this thing would fly in my house. I’m all for saving money and that but this one is way too gross and seems like way too much extra work
SteveK was the first to mention a bidet system:
Because of arthritis in my hands and shoulders I was having trouble wiping myself so I found a better way and even if my hands and shoulders got better I would never go back to paper or cloth. I sit on the edge of the bathtub and use the sprayer with hot or cold or warm water. Whatever I want. With my back towards the wall and feet outside the tub, my pants stay dry. It may be more difficult if you’re wearing a dress. Then I dry just like after a shower.
I was shocked by how cheap Mano Pat’s bidet cost:
The bidets cost less than $50. Installation is easy. And no monthly costs. Cost of additional water may add up by a few cents to a dollar max.
Greta suggested easing into it:
Maybe a good way to ease into this would be to first use the wipes for the “not so messy” bathroom trips and continue to use toilet paper for the “smellier” trips.
AQHorse is on board:
The cloth wipes idea could work. You don’t leave other smelly trash in the bathroom for long, do you? If you’ve used cloth diapers, you’ve dealt with an amount of wetness and bulk far beyond a little (pardon me) tinkle on a scrap of cloth.
With your feedback, I’m really considering this. Here’s why I’m NOT persuaded by your points against using cloth wipes.
SMELL – Lucy’s poopy and wet diapers hang out in a soapy trash can with a lid until we wash them (which is about every other day). They have yet to smell up the bathroom. Adding a few extra wipes to the bucket is not going to change that.
BACTERIA – We have been washing all of Lucy’s diapers with our clothes, towels…whatever needs to be washed! In cold water. With regular detergent, no bleach. And no one has gotten sick. Clearly, our washing machine kills the bacteria.
LAUNDRY – Since we combine loads, tossing in a few extra cloth wipes is not going to require additional loads of laundry. Plus, we already have extra wipes because we never use all 20 of Lucy’s so switching to cloth won’t cost a red cent.
COST – Ada said, “Economically, you must also factor in the water, electricity and detergent for the laundry.” But since they don’t require their own load, this is neglible. However, having used Mr. Electricity to calculate the cost of each load of laundry, I know each load costs us $.83.
GUESTS – I’ll keep the traditional toilet paper out for now and only add cloth wipes to our upstairs bathroom.
All I need is a container to stash the clean cloth wipes next to the toilet paper and I’m all set! Who’s with me?!