Toilet Paper Is Being Ditched And Replaced By A Reusable 'Family Cloth'

13 March 2018, 11:33 | Updated: 13 March 2018, 12:01

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By Naomi Berners

It's a simple case of wipe, wash, and reuse...

If you find that your household goes through an obscene amount of toilet roll, then perhaps a 'family cloth' might be more up your street. Although - let's be clear - family cloth's don't discriminate and can be used by a single person too - so if that is you, feel free to read on.

These new alternatives have, naturally, raised a lot of eyebrows - so let's weigh up the pros and cons.

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Let's be positive and start with the pro's.

It comes in pretty patterns, it's eco-friendly and...erm...yeah.


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The cons?

For starters, it's designed to be re-used. Let's just pause and think about what that actually means.

Once it has been...used...it has to sit in a bin of some description before going through a wash. And THAT means someone has to actually transport said soiled cloths to the washing machine and ensure they're on the highest of high washes in order for them to come out shiny and new and ready for reuse.

Surely this needs to be done on a daily basis to avoid any unwanted smells lingering in the bathroom? And then when you do get round to washing them, do you put them in with your other dirty laundry? Or do you have to put on a specific cycle? So many questions.


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Also, some people only favour the 'family cloths' for number ones, and still use the good old fashioned toilet roll for anything beyond that. So, technically, you're still having to stock both in your bathroom. Not particularly cost effective. 

At least you wouldn't have arguments over who left the empty loo roll in the holder...

What do you think of this eco alternative?