Introduction: ☘ DIY WASHABLE TOILET PAPER ☘
This is an instructable to make your own family wipes.
!!! for urinating only !!!
My English is not all that good so I just copy and paste this article that explain exactly what I wanted to say:
Is the whole process of collecting and washing these wipes unsanitary? Not if you employ the method used by most family wipe families, which is to use the cloths for urinating only. (This still helps cut down on paper waste, since the majority of bathroom visits are of the first priority.) Since normal urine is sterile, there's little chance of encountering nasty bugs like E. coli later in the laundry room. But using family wipes for ahem, your more serious matters can also be perfectly hygienic, provided you separate them from your other laundry (your kitchen towels, for instance) before washing them in hot water and drying them in the dryer. If your kids are still in diapers of the cloth variety, all the better -- you can save water by washing the wipes and the diapers together.
So is it really worth the effort, from an environmental standpoint? If you're contemplating making the switch from the three-ply, quilted, extra-soft fluffy stuff to tree-free TP, then the benefits are clear: At present, more than 98 percent of the toilet paper sold in the United States is made from virgin wood (note: that statistic will improve soon, thanks to last year's Kimberly-Clark/Greenpeace agreement), which is destroying our forests and contributing to climate change, since forests are the most effective tool we have for sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. And while some may argue that washing cloth toilet wipes wastes water, it's nothing compared with the pulp and paper business, which is one of the world's largest industrial consumers of fresh water.
But can't you eliminate a lot of that waste and pollution by switching to 100 percent recycled toilet paper? Yeah, you can, which is the solution I'll be sticking with as long as I live in a one-bathroom apartment (no surprises for guests here!) with a community washer/dryer. It's not a perfect solution, of course; recycled toilet paper still takes energy and resources to produce, not to mention the fuel cost to transport it from factory to store.
Step 1: WHAT YOU NEED
You only need an old bed sheet (100% cotton, and the softer the better).
You will use it to make the toilet paper and his laundry bag (and his ribbon).
Step 2: CUT THE STRIPS
Cut the bed sheet in long strips (wide like a piece of toilet paper), leave a rectangle to make the bag (about 30x40cm), and a long and thin stripe to make the ribbon (about3x45cm).
Cut each stripes in pieces long like 2/3 toilet paper squares.
Step 3: SEW
Sew with a zig-zag stitch the edges of each piece.
Do not fold the edges of the fabric, because otherwise it will become less soft.
Step 4: PUT IN a BASKET
Put all the pieces folded in half in a basket near the toilet.
Step 5: MAKE THE BAG
After you use the toilet paper you can store it in a small bin, or in a bag.
When you need to wash it you have to put it all together in a laundry bag, otherwise it will go all over the washing machine and will be really annoying to collect it.
With your left over sheet make the laundry bag for your toilet paper:
-fold in half the rectangular piece of fabric and sew the sides together. Fold the edge of the bag few centimeters and sew it, leaving an hole for the ribbon.
-Cut a long strip of fabric in the left over sheet.
Fold the sides of it trough the center and after in half again (lengthwise), and sew it.
Make 2 knots at the edges of the ribbon.
-Put a safety pin in one of the edges of the ribbon and make it run along the hole of your bag.
Step 6: YOU ARE DONE
You are done! After you had use your toilet paper you can directly put it in the bag you made (sometimes I just use an oranges net).
And no, it doesn't smell bad.
Maybe at first you will find it kind of weird, but after a week that you use washable toilet paper the only things that will gross you out will be to clean yourself with a tree!