Is reusable toilet paper a good idea in your RV?

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We came across an article recently about what is apparently a hot topic on Twitter and other social media sites — using reusable toilet paper. The product is even available online.

For RVers, the topic might have a little more relevance than for residents of traditional homes. Some RVers report they never put toilet paper into their black water (sewer) tanks. They claim, with ample evidence, that toilet paper (some is worse than others) can often render tank gauges inaccurate, or can plug the tank to make emptying it difficult or impossible.

One woman who uses reusable toilet paper wrote: “I personally use a microfiber cloth most of the time. I use one for number 1 and another for number 2. They are washed after each use, both cloths are different color so I know which is which. I wash them by hand in hot soapy water, rinse in cold and hang to dry in the bathroom. This helps to eliminate smells and stains so each time I use them I know its okay. I soak them in a diaper sterilizer used for cloth diapers for 24 hours then I boil up in an old pot on the stove and reuse again and again. I’ve been doing this for ages and have never had a problem. I was having personal problems with the chemicals in toilet paper. When I go out and need to use toilet paper I need to apply cream to the area after use to protect my skin from the chemicals.”

Another woman noted: “I wiped my son’s butt with a wipe, which I dropped into a pail, where it sat for a day or two before I threw into my washing machine on the sanitary setting. So, why not add my own?”

The website Lifehacker.com noted: “The downsides of cloth wipes are obvious: You have to keep a sealed hamper, and you have to do more laundry. Cloth users argue that it’s really not a big deal, that it’s no worse than dealing with dirty underwear, as if dealing with dirty underwear isn’t already bad. They insist that the practice is hygienic, that the wipes don’t smell much, that it’s all not a big deal really.”

What do you think?

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PAHS
6 months ago

Using cloth for toilet seems to be much more work than just using toilet paper and putting it in trash?? We use a bidet which washes you and air dry s you . You would need electric, and water tanks would fill faster but wouldn’t that worth it rather than washing, boiling, taking time to hang ?? And a bidet keeps your sear warm.. I miss my one at home when traveling

Mary
6 months ago

Oh hell no! It never ceases to amaze me how much discussion there is regarding toilet paper. IMHO just use paper that degrades, drop it down the crapper, and make sure you maintain your tank properly. I can understand if you are allergic to the paper but for the rest of us it should be easy.

Billy Bob Thorton
6 months ago

This isn’t Europe, or China. Ask Greta to do it.

Sue Smith
6 months ago

Okay, first of all, just ewe. Second, living in a camper, it’s much easier to burn toilet paper in the firepit than it is to wash dirty wipes. Third, as the owner of a certified tree farm, I can assure everyone that trees used to produce toilet paper are a renewable resource unlike those in the Amazon Rain Forest, so no one need feel guilty about using toilet paper, or most paper products purchased in the US for that matter.

Jeff
6 months ago

You are kidding, right?

Clemson Engineer
6 months ago

Disgusting

livingboondockingmexico
6 months ago

Most Americans have never been outside of their comfort zone. The world is a big place and many people, cultures and countries do things in a variety of ways. In the case of wet wipes, bottled water, and the like, they are all marketing techniques devised to sell more products and in turn do more harm to the environment.

TPalmer
6 months ago

Your survey forgot the choice for big oak or maple leaves.
Just don’t use the shiny poison ivy leaves.

Steven Sims
6 months ago
Reply to  TPalmer

Or the old Boy Scout saying: “Leaves of three, bad T.P.”

saber707
6 months ago

Insane!

TravelingMan
6 months ago

What do you think they used to do in the old days??

Diapers were all cloth. They were washed over and over. Kids did their business all the time in them.

These days, people are just plain spoiled to disposable diapers.

Do you know how many disposable diapers of trashed each day? Just read this one article: https://oureverydaylife.com/environmental-impact-of-disposable-diapers-5088905.html

So…The idea is not such a bad idea really. You’ll clog less septic systems; cut down less trees, and spend less on paper. Sure, there is the laundry factor but in the end, which is a better value and less stress on the planet?

I had forgotten about those days, but this article brings up a very interesting point.

Have we been brainwashed by all of these toilet paper commercials? The rich get richer!

M. Learning, DR
6 months ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

I think people have really forgotten the days before disposable diapers and before TP was available. I remember helping my mom “rinse out” my brothers poopy diapers in the toilet and then put them in a bucket to wash. We only had one washer so I guess all our clothes went in the same machine (not in the same load) that she washed diapers in. We didn’t have a dryer so it all went on the clothes line (anyone remember those).

To each their own as far as what they use to clean up after using the toilet. I would hope that everyone remembers to wash their hands afterwards. That is probably a bigger issue than reusable toilet paper!

Clayobx
6 months ago

Yes sir,
Remember that moment well. Seems that the material used was pure cotton closely milled fabric? In my early era, we did not have the tragic plastic waste problem of today. Granted, I sure don’t want to rinse and boil diapers but we were much better off. Namaste’

Tommy Molnar
6 months ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

I think the big difference here is, we’re not IN the old days anymore.

Jim
6 months ago

HEEEEEEELL NO!!!!

SHARON Jackson
6 months ago

Biggest worry is accidentally dropping them in the back tank.

Gene Bjerke
6 months ago

I don’t know about the corncob part, but the idea of reusing toilet paper gives me the willies.

Lilli
6 months ago

Are you kidding???? Why not just wear diapers?!!!

Jim
6 months ago
Reply to  Lilli

Hahaha…..agree!!

John Koenig
6 months ago

Ummmmm, let’s see. After washing fecal matter off the reusable toilet paper, said wash & rinse water go down the drain.

Haven’t you just turned your grey water tank into a black water tank?

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6 months ago
Reply to  John Koenig

Good point, John. 😯 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Skyler
6 months ago
Reply to  John Koenig

Don’t put it past people to put their “dirty diapers” into the RV parks’ washing machines. Even using those RV park laundries gross me out after people wash clothing and blankets with vomit, dog waste, etc. Know what I mean?

TravelingMan
6 months ago
Reply to  John Koenig

Sanitized by laundry detergent and certain individuals would use bleach as well. Not the same as black water…

TPalmer
6 months ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

How fast are you going to be filling up your grey tank with all that wash water?
You will be draining your grey tank three times a day.

gail
6 months ago

I could definitely go with the bidet, but don’t think I could go with the reusable stuff.

When my son was potty training on his “little” seat, I would actually keep the seat in the car for emergencies. I just folded a diaper and put it in the bottom of the catch container and when through, we disposed of it as a regular diaper. Maybe we need adult potty seats with disposable diapers!?!?!

Thomas
6 months ago

Reminds me of my father who I hope kiddingly said he only uses one sheet of tp. To wipe his finger off. Both ways sound gross. No thanks.

TPalmer
6 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

LOL! Reminds me of people I know who went to India back in the late ’60’s. They always said, “Eat with your right, and wipe with your left”

Drew
6 months ago

Gross.

William Edward Kendall
6 months ago

I have used reusable TP for years. I have age related health problems that keeps me from using paper. I have a bale of cloths I get at my golf club. After use I put the cloths in a zip lock bag and wash them with my usual laundry’s I keep a good supply of cloths at my toilet and always carry a zip lock with cloths with me at all times. When you get old you must make adjustments or QUIT doing the things you love. Quitting leads to boredom and early deaths.

Skyler
6 months ago

See, I knew this kind of thing happened all the time. That is so gross. So other RV’ers use a washer you previously used for your, excuse the term, sh**? I would think that e-coli infections might lead to deaths.

Bob p
6 months ago
Reply to  Skyler

That’s not his concern, he’s long gone by the time you use the same washing machine, just one of the reasons we have our own laundry facilities.

saber707
6 months ago

Oh, my gosh. Unthinkable. In your regular wash!!!!!

Captn John
6 months ago

HHMmmm ~ there are those that don’t flush it but save it. I see containers on their mantel labeled with the city/state they pooped in as the goal. Now washable, thanks but I’ll keep that out of my washer and dryer. Next will be edible toilet paper to 100% recycle I suppose! I’ll stay with the old way, poop/toilet paper wipe/flush it all/wash hands. Anything else is just weird and unsanitary to me!