Happy Saturday! Apparently June 13th is Sewing Machine Day?? Who knew there was such a thang! I don’t have a (working) sewing machine, BUT, I figured this is as good a day as any to talk about this.
As yall know, I am a hippie at heart and I am trying to learn how I can do my part to help the environment. One thing I discovered a few years ago is something called “family cloth”. What the heck’n thing is family cloth ya ask? Well, it’s cloth used to wipe yo butt AND yo front butt. Like cloth diapers, it costs a little more at first, but saves you in the long run. I have literally JUST started on the family cloth journey this past week after 2-3 years of thinking it’s weird but kinda wanting to try it. I bought my first set here , but I have my own fabric and on the next rainy day I am going to make my own (from hand, bc my sewing machine is stupid.)
Family cloth SOUNDS gross, I know .🤢 Trust me, it took me a while to come over to this weird side of flannel toilet paper. My sister who is currently in grad school to be a physician assistant was grossed out when I first told her, even though she said “aight, you do you, boo….” I could feel her judginess through the phone. 😒
So what I am going to do today is walk you through the steps that I take with my cloths. I promise, no poop pics or anything weird.
Here are the hands-free steps I take to dealing with soiled cloths.
Here you will see my LOVELY painted box ( I’ll have you know I am a much better musician than painter, ok??!!) I keep on that back of the turdlet with the clean, ready-to-use family cloths. Baby girl helped to paint the inside pink 🙂
After I do my doodie/duty (immature much??) I grab one of the aforementioned wipes, use said wipe, then drop it into this little thingamabob here I have created.
Once my clean cloths have dwindled to nothing, or the jug is pretty full or whatever the case may be, I grab my sexy jug and carry it to the empty washer and dump contents straight in to the machine! Add some detergent and wash them. I don’t add more vinegar just because I had it in the jug to start with, but feel free to do whatever you want to do! I just do NOT use fabric softer-per MamaBear’s instructions.
So, I literally took an old jug, cut off the top, leaving the thicker part around the handle, because I didn’t want it to bend and splash potty germs on me. <GAG> Then I took my liquid detergent cup thingy (hence the blueish hue and bubbles) and filled it about 3/4 full of vinegar and then poured it into the jug. Then I used tap water to fill in the jug a little. There is literally no scientific measurement here. I am southern, we pour ingredients until our soul tells us to stop! I add vinegar to nearly every load of laundry ANYWAYS just because it gets the funky smells (usually caused by my kids very stinky but cute feet) out of our clothes. If vinegar keeps me from having to burn all of my kids socks, then surely it can help keep my bathroom from smelling like a port-a-potty. Guess what. IT WORKS! I have been using this system for a week and so far it is working.
🛑 TMI ALERT!!!!🛑
I also use a bidet for when I go #2. I was skeptical of using the cloths after going #2 because that just takes it to a whole ‘nother level, ya know? After a few days I thought “what the heck”; used my bidet, used a cloth, and it was fine. Bathroom didn’t stink and it washed out just fine. I don’t know how it would do without using the bidet first though?
I would also like to add, that there are no toilet paper crumbes/dingles/whatever you wanna call it when using the family cloths. It really does just make you feel cleaner!!!!
Toilet paper crisis doesn’t bother ME anymore!!!
Questions, comments, just think I am plain ol’ crazy? Let me know!