Why 3 Women Ditched Toilet Paper

They tell Huff Post Live of their switch to reusable cloths to help the environment
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2014 12:15 PM CST
Updated Feb 2, 2014 6:50 AM CST

(Newser) – There's going green—dutifully recycling, switching to Al-Gore-approved light bulbs, reusing your grocery bags—and then there's this: going without toilet paper. Three women explain to Huff Post Live why they made the switch to reusable cloths and discuss the logistics of the choice that even they admit sounds crazy to most. Stranger still? "Their answers are thoughtful, reasonable, and in some ways convincing enough to make you at least consider the benefits—environmental and otherwise—of ditching the TP," writes Lindsay Abrams at Salon.

The logistics are pretty basic. Generally speaking, you keep a supply of cloth wipes near the toilet, put them in a can with a lid when used, and launder the cloths when they pile up. All provide tips on keeping odors in the can to a minimum, and the daring can dig into the specifics in the women's posts at FrugalLivingNW, BecomingPeculiar, and the HealthyHoneys. The posts also spell out why they see regular toilet paper as both a waste of money and a detriment to the environment. Besides, writes one of the women, "after the first few uses, everyone sees the wipes as an actual upgrade from toilet paper, even the fluffy three-ply stuff." (Another reason not to use toilet paper: It can hide a cancer sign.)

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