Gross or genius? Reusable toilet cloth is a thing now and the Internet is divided

Family cloths are based on the same concept of cloth diapers or reusable menstrual pads

                            Gross or genius? Reusable toilet cloth is a thing now and the Internet is divided
It is also called 'family cloth' (Getty Images)

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic people began hoarding toilet paper. So much so that eventually there was a massive shortage in supermarkets across the country, which in turn induced further panic buying whenever stocks came in. The news of the indefinite lockdown sparked an irrational fear among people and thousands ran hither and thither to secure the essentials for their own households.

But this hoarding of essentials by one group of people meant that a lot of other people had limited access, if at all. This led to the rise in the popularity of 'family cloth' aka the reusable toilet paper. 


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A woman carries rolls of toilet paper and kitchen wipes in Kreuzberg district during the coronavirus pandemic on October 16, 2020 in Berlin, Germany (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Ever since the scarcity of last year, reusable cloth pads have taken over as people looked for alternatives. However, as a replacement for the favourite TP, it was met with mixed emotions. 

Family cloths are based on the same concept of cloth diapers or reusable menstrual pads. They are washable, reusable cloth toilet 'paper'. Reports on the internet claim that the "family cloth" actually makes for a better alternative. It is said to be a cheaper and eco-friendly option. They just need to be washed to be reused just like a typical cloth diaper.

A family cloth roll should ideally consist of 20 cloth squares made from soft material such as flannel cloth. They can also be available in smaller squares that you can pile up in a small basket.

Toilet paper rolls move down a conveyer belt for packaging at Potlatch Corporation Consumer Products Division, February 9, 2006 in Lewiston, Idaho.  (Photo by Jeff T. Green/Getty Images)

Many people have taken to social media to share their experiences. "Excuse me, but did you just say REUSABLE TOILET PAPER? Yes. Yes, I did. I have kept this a secret for a long time. I’ll admit that I was afraid to share this publicly, but with people freaking out over a toilet paper shortage (seriously, why is that even a thing? 🤔) a few friends have encouraged me to share this, so here it is," one user shared in a detailed post. 


The user goes on to recount their journey of using family cloth aka the reusable toilet papers and just how useful it is. 

"Our bag doesn’t stink at all, and we wash it when it gets full. I do a pre-rinse/wash and run the regular cycle on hot just like I used to do with our cloth diapers. So there you go! I can post a bit more about this in stories and show you where our wet bag hangs tomorrow if that would be helpful to you. Happy wiping!" the user concluded. 

At the same time, the bidet still remains the most effective way to clean oneself. "Washing your bum and then wiping it clean with these cloths would be much better and you can reuse it during the day, as washing with water removes everything eventually. That way you can save on laundry as well," one commented on the post. Another user wrote, "SO MUCH MORE WATER AND ELECTRICITY USED THAN A BIDET! This is a seriously shitty idea." Another user said, "This sounds little gross 😆 no offense .... rinsing your bum bum sounds better." Another user said along similar lines, "use bidet and soap guys. just whipe wet bumbum after."

Another added, "Well, the best thing is Shattaf Bidet Douche, and then using towel to dry up. Or having some water jug by the toilet. This is what people in Eastern part of the world have done for centuries! Dry wiping your “belongings” does not purely clean anything 🙏"

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