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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.

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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Jeanne
1 month ago

I have used flannel squares for #1 for nearly a year and no issues with smells in my house or rv bathrooms. They are washed in hot water and dryed in a dryer all of which kills bacteria. I do use toilet paper for #2.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jeanne
Bob p
1 month ago

That is gross say DW! Actually I classify that as very similar to wiping your butt and putting the nasty paper in a trash can, who gets the displeasure of emptying the trash can?

Ross
1 year ago

Really? I have got to say that this is one most unbelievable idea I have heard about in a long time. I don’t think that those who choose to use “reusable toilet paper” are capable of thinking things through. Shhhhh. Don’t tell them about Bidets. Well, it is probably ok since the reusable TP crowd likely think that a Bidet is just too technological and won’t work.

Reusable TP has to be a joke. I hope that I have not offended anyone, but I think that anyone who takes reusable TP seriously would be pretty hard to offend.

Skip
1 year ago

Just nasty! I can just imagine someone (grand kids)wiping their face with something someone wiped their butt with though it had been washed. Nasty, Nasty

Richard
1 year ago

If you want to be a Greenie, look at all the extra laundry/water use. “We’re doing laundry anyway”, increased load size increases water/chemical usage. I remember all those “Washed” diapers. They were NEVER “Clean” again.
If you have medical issues, I sympathize.
Otherwise I think you’re fooling yourself. Little bit of TP vs all that labor/water/chemical use.
16 yrs FT. We put TP in trash, empty daily. No tank issues.

Jeff Craig
1 year ago

In a sticks and bricks, I can understand using it. And it makes a certain amount of sense when you are boondocking out on BLM land and don’t want to drive to the dump (I’d imagine that TP would buy you a spare day). Personally I’d think a bidet would be better, then use this for a ‘final wipe down’. But, I’m not motivated enough, financially or ecologically, to try it out.

Bill
1 year ago

LUXE Bidet Neo 180

Gary
1 year ago

Another year and a half old, retread article.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary

Hi, Gary. We have a lot (a lot!) of new readers who weren’t around a year-and-a-half ago. “Retreads” are for their benefit, mainly. If you remember our previously run articles, good for you (good memory). And no one is making you read them again. Just sayin’. Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

Carlotta A Kies
1 year ago

I recycle a lot of things, but this is one thing I just cant do. We use wet ones (diaper wipes) if we don’t want paper in to toilet. I’m sure reusable toilet paper may seem like a good idea to some people, But I’m thinking they are from the generation of cloth diapers too?

Sharon
1 year ago

Like a lot of things, old practices become new again…

Dr4Film
1 year ago

What a crappy idea! No way!

Joe
1 year ago

Ok if you have the diaper/TP man coming around twice a week to pick up your pail. I’m glad we have a washer and dryer in the MH, it turns my stomach to think someone else is washing their clothing in the same washer. And just think how people are knocked for handling the stinky slinky without gloves, this is way worse!

Fred
1 year ago

We do something a little different. We use the cheap Walmart, strong, 2 ply TP, but we don’t flush it. When done, we carefully fold the square over several times to seal any residue inside, give it a little twist to prevent it from opening up, & drop it in an open wastebasket next to the toilet. We have no odor problem & empty it every 5-7 days. We’ve been doing this for the last 6 years of fulltiming with no problems.

Kamwick
1 year ago
Reply to  Fred

that’s a good idea. I suppose one could also use those diaper/kitty litter genies.
We’ve been using septic safe tp and enzymes that seem to work fine for us, though.

Drew
1 year ago
Reply to  Fred

Fred, hope you’re not offended but that’s gross also.

Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Fred

Got used to doing this in Mexico where you can’t flush paper. I never liked putting paper in the black tank anyway. Added a bidet attachment, too.

Solar Steve
1 year ago

Reconnect the RV toilet spray hose direct to the water supply pipe, so it works anytime, not just with the toilet pedal activated. Now you have a “bidet” that can clean you and also the toilet, so you use just one small TP wipes all dry. Works so well i built the same in my home bathroom.

Fred
1 year ago
Reply to  Solar Steve

In theory it’s a good idea, but potentially has a flaw. In the factory set up, the vacuum breaker provides the seal to stop the flow of water & the sprayer head provides a secondary seal. If you bypass the vacuum breaker & hook directly to the water line, the cheap, lightweight sprayer head is the only protection against a flooded rv. If it fails, you have a flood.

Kamwick
1 year ago
Reply to  Solar Steve

Really, an ‘rv bidet’ would be a good thing to offer on newer rigs.
Anybody listening?

Then there’s the cheaper version – a ‘peri-bottle’ you can order on Amazon 🙂

Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Kamwick

LUXE Bidet Neo 180

Bob P
1 year ago

I’d rather use a clean corn cob as used toilet paper, that sounds nasty.

PAHS
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Kamwick
1 year ago

Lots of bidets in Europe, which is farther ahead than we are here.

Sue Smith
2 years 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
2 years ago

You are kidding, right?

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