Is reusable toilet paper a good idea in your RV?


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 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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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


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

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

Sue Smith

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.


You are kidding, right?

Clemson Engineer



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.


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




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:

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!



SHARON Jackson

Biggest worry is accidentally dropping them in the back tank.

Gene Bjerke

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


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

John Koenig

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?


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!?!?!


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.



William Edward Kendall

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.

Captn John

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!