Monday, December 6, 2010

Too extreme?

So I wrote this article "Ten Extreme But Practical Frugal Tips" but not everyone agreed to what I wrote, especially the bit about cloth toilet "paper." I know plenty of people use it and no one has reported any health issues with it. There is an "ewww" factor, I know and I don't advocate family cloth for everyone and all the time.

Anyway, what do you think? Did I go overboard on this extreme tip, or on any of the others? Maybe I need to rethink what I write!

17 comments:

Jill said...

I responded to the article and you've inspired me to do a blog post on the toilet cloths thing.
On the others...I gave up shampoo about 2 or 3 years ago in favor of baking soda scrub and a vinegar rinse. My hair has never been better and it's cheap cheap cheap. I still have a few remnants of shampoo which I use to remove sweat and food grease stains from my laundry. Shampoo is built to break down oils and strip them so it works well.

Pat said...

Thanks for the support, Jill! I'll keep an eye on your blog for your post. We need to unite here. :)

I tried using baking soda in my hair, but it didn't work very well. I have long hair and it was hard to work it through all of it. I do rinse with vinegar and that is the best hair rinse ever!

I have used shampoo in the laundry, too. It works very well.

Stacie said...

I once used some hair conditioner that I didn't like as fabric softener for my laundry. It worked okay, but I wasn't over-the-top impressed.

Although I wouldn't use cloth TP except in a dire emergency, I won't judge others who do. (Isn't cloth TP what the pioneers used?)

Anonymous said...

I don't think your ideas went too far. Each choice we make involves a certain amount of risk. We have to do the best we can to inform ourselves, and then make the choice we feel is best for our situation. Your fellow staff writer didn't give enough information to persuade me that using cloth in the bathroom isn't safe. For instance, is he saying that babies stop wearing diapers once they begin eating meat? (Mine didn't.) Or is he saying that the meat babies eat doesn't rot, but the meat that adults eat does? I am not persuaded of that, either. He may be completely right, but I need more information.

LisaG

Pat said...

Stacie, I think the conditioner thing has to do with your expectations. I don't use fabric softener at all and don't often use the dryer, so all I want is something to stop the static when I do, and that works for that.

Cloth tp is a personal choice, just like any other frugal activity. Not everyone will or can do it all.

Pat said...

Thanks, "anonymous." I appreciate your input and agree with your assessment.

CheapbyChoice said...

I tell people all the time. There are TONS of frugal ideas out there. Some you can do and some you can't.
Some of the complainers don't even want to use a coupon.
I am not sure I can use a toilet cloth because of the eww factor, but I will never say never. I just started making my own laundry detergent. I said I would never do that.
Love your blog! Keep up the good work!

Pat said...

Thanks, CheapbyChoice. I have done things I never thought I would, too, and I keep on finding things I want to try. Never say never is right! :)

Forest said...

I think it is a great idea and I really need to get over my fears and do it! We are just so used to disposable toilet paper that we rarely think about the waste.

Pat said...

That's true, Forest. We're so used to using so many wasteful things that we don't even think of them.

martie said...

I grew up without TP. We did not however, wash our cloths. We had an outhouse, (in the tropics) so we would cut up old clothing and use the good pieces to make rag rugs or blankets and the rest got used for TP. They just got tossed down the hole. Even now, I would never run to the store just for tp. I would, and have done, cut up old clothing. Although I can't bring myself to wash them yet.

Pat said...

martie, I don't see anything wrong with not washing cloths, as long as you have enough to dispose of. The idea is the same - don't buy something that costs you and the environment when you already have something you can use.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Thanks for sharing this link - but unfortunately it seems to be not working? Does anybody here at patverettosfrugalliving.blogspot.com have a mirror or another source?


Thanks,
William

Pat said...

It works for me, William. Has anyone else had trouble with it?

Phyllis Alesia said...

I go through so much toilet paper that I'm seriously considering this. That way you can just keep toilet paper for guests.

I put this is the same category as cloth feminine hygiene pads, and I know they work well for a lot of people.

Dee said...

I have cut up old T shirts and use them for toilet paper. I am the only one using them, and I only use them when I urinate. I use toilet paper the rest of the time. I have a septic system and I just saw how much toilet paper was going into it.

Pat said...

That makes sense to me, Dee.