Toilet Paper Alternatives

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  • Wed, Feb 16, 2011 - 02:14pm

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    Tycer

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    Re: Toilet Paper Alternatives

If it gets to the point of no TP, I’ll be a finger, water, user. Left hand only, soap and water after. We’ll hopefully not have to ask Nancy.Surprised

  • Wed, Feb 16, 2011 - 03:37pm

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    ehood

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    Re: Toilet Paper Alternatives

Here are my thoughts……….anyone who was a parent prior to disposable diapers used a diaper pail. Cloth diapers were rinsed in the toilet then placed in a diaper bucket with soapy water. Then you have to decide how you want to transfer the diapers from the pail to the washer. You still need to store soap and what about parts for the washer to keep it running?   As for newspaper……..that may be hard to come by if more people have to turn to this and since more info is being published on the web there is less newspaper in circulation……..however, the local library has a dumpster that collects newspaper for recycling……so maybe it is the recycling centers that will start to ration newspaper if the demand goes up?

But the old diaper pail is a good alternative.  If you are short on old t-shirts, etc. you could try local thrift stores. They sometimes sell clothes by the pound or bag…..sometimes you even get to choose the clothes. Growing up my parents had little money but were hard working. Going to the Goodwill was usually the first place my mother went shopping for clothes if she wasn’t making them. When schooll started it was a trip to Sears or the Sears catalog and you got 5-dresses for the school year and hand-me-downs from my older sister were common even though we wore different sizes.  My mother and grandmother(s) canned vegtables and had a huge deep freezer.

Thinking back now growing up I never experienced a shortage of toilet paper. It was clothing.

ehood

  • Thu, Feb 17, 2011 - 02:33pm

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    Rihter

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    Re: Toilet Paper Alternatives

A friend of mine brought up this conversation around the camp fire last summer. The result of that conversation changed my perspective forever.

Me, “Did you bring any TP?”

Friend, “ya, I have some bio-wet wipes in my bag.”

Me, “What?!” “Why the hell would you spend money on those?”

Friend, “You garden, right?”…Me,”Ya.”….Friend,”You get visibly dirty, right?”…Me, “Ya.”

Friend, “Do you hop in the shower, wipe yourself with a dry towel, and then feel refreshed and ready to face the world?”

Me,”……(silence)….., where are those wipes?”

I now wash myself, and dry, with toilet paper out of convienience. When the time comes I’ll be a wash with rag, and clean the rag person. The same way people who use cloth diapers work and operate.

There is no way I can consciously go back to habitually “wiping with a dry towel, and feeling refreshed.”

  • Thu, Feb 24, 2011 - 05:18am

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    osb272646

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    TP

Back in their day, fur trappers used something called the Camp Rag.  It was a communal thing, stored in a bucket of water out along the fringe of the campsite.

 

  • Thu, Feb 24, 2011 - 12:01pm

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    cowgap

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    TP Alternatives

My mother, now 91, grew up on a farm with an outhouse.  She said she would get in trouble if she went to the index section before the slicks had been used up.  Have you seen the large recycle bins overflowing with old phone books? 

  • Thu, Feb 24, 2011 - 08:37pm

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[quote=cowgap]

My mother, now 91, grew up on a farm with an outhouse.  She said she would get in trouble if she went to the index section before the slicks had been used up.  Have you seen the large recycle bins overflowing with old phone books? 

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Eureka! If TSHTF, the government will distribute free toilet paper or phone books… embedded with tranquilizing ink!

Better stock up on alternatives now, Now, NOW!!!

Poet

  • Sat, Feb 26, 2011 - 01:30am

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    Chronic Agitator

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    Outhouse Rules

When I was a kid we used outhouses.  Sears Roebuck and Monkey Wards catalogs are what we used.  All the wood ashes from the stoves were dumped into an empty lard can.  After completing business in the outhouse it was proper etiquette to sprinkle ashes down the hole to help keep flies and smell in check. Thought you’d like to know…

  • Sat, Feb 26, 2011 - 07:33am

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    Brainless

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    Bum Gun

We just use a “bum gun” .:)

In Thailand and many other Asian countries this is standard in every bathroom.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1877917/how_to_use_the_bum_gun_toilet_hose.html

My wifes parents even had one in their old house in a small village, just make sure your water container is high enough to provide pressure, or use a pump.

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