This blog is mainly about how I find ways to save money and I have tried a LOT of different things in the past. I read other blogs to look for tips on things I can do to reduce my expenses so that I can work on reducing debt and building wealth.
I have found a few frugal tips out that have been great and there also a few that really freak me out!!!! I decided to start a little series of Frugal Tips That I will NOT try so you can get a better idea of some of the things I think are too extreme.
One of the tips that I will not follow is Reusable Bathroom Wipes. I once wrote a post about the Poopy Cloth Patrol where it talked about people who used reusable wipes in the bathroom. This was a popular topic among some of the more frugal bloggers as they would use the wipes instead of toilet paper and would then wash them and repeat the cycle.
I am all about finding ways to save money but I just cannot see myself washing and reusing toilet products. I currently use a combination of regular toilet paper, followed by a baby wipe so it just seems really strange to me to use a cloth wipe. People who argue FOR the use of the cloth wipes instead of toilet paper say that your underwear is soaking up your bodily fluids the same way that the wipes do. I think if you really have to get down to the nitty gritty of it you can say this is technically true, however the amount that your underwear ‘soaks’ on a regular day with proper hygiene should be negligible compared to what is REALLY soaked by a cloth wipe.
Proponents of the cloth wipes also argue that when you use this system you wash a batch of wipes together in one load but that people who use regular toilet paper wash their undies together with regular clothes, which is bad. I think this is also an overreaching statement because I don’t know what they are doing to have incredibly soiled undies that cannot be washed with other clothes. Besides isn’t the point of washing to get things clean?
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Ew, that may be the most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard of. I’m with you 100% on this one!
Yike, that’s disgusting! Anyway, some people just use water to clean themselves, will this save more, compared to using toilet paper or reusable wipes?
That is really bad I could never do that, for the simple fact that I wouldn’t want that sitting around in a bin waiting to washed that is even more gross. and to think all your other clothes would be washed in a machine that is used to wash fecal matter. ewww. I think i am gettng sick just thinking about it
Yes that is quite nasty. I definitely won’t be trying reusable bathroom wipes anytime soon. Some things are just not worth it. Wouldn’t that really stink up a home in between washes?
That is so gross. I think disposable toilet paper is worth the extra money, personally…
LOL! Gross. I try to never “knock” anyones frugal methods but YIKES!!!!!!
I completely agree with you and I cannot understand comparing it to babies using cloth diapers!!!
Yacks!!! I also like to save money, but I’d never go for reusable bathroom wipes! Cloth diapers go in the same category; I know you need a lot of diapers especially until the baby turns 2, but still…it isn’t worth ‘torturing’ them with reusable diapers.
I use cloth diapers for my 3 month son, but his breastmilk only diet produces very different poo than an adult. I don’t think I’d want to wash cloth wipes with adult poo on them. it’d be easy to add the others to his diaper laundry load though. I’ve also heard of women using washable sanitary napkins. Before disposable sanitary napkins and diapers, women had no choice but to reuse and rewash cloth
Be careful of what you say you’ll never do. I’ve been unemployed two and a half years and my unemployment benefits ran out over a year ago. I used to agree with those who say using wipes is disgusting, but when you have NO money, you can’t buy toilet paper. Believe me, if you’re ever in a similar situation, you’ll do the same AND you’ll be grateful that you have some rags laying around to use as wipes.