My husband thinks I’ve lost it. He says I’ve crossed a line. The line between “frugal eco crafty mom” and “I raise my own pigs and recycle my grey water.” Frankly I would LOVE to be the latter, but maybe that makes him uncomfortable. If there is a line, I think I crossed it long ago. But this? This is just a natural extension of some other trends in my life.
First trend, cloth diapers. We started using cloth when our daughter was almost a year old. Our reasoning before that had been that we don’t have a dryer, and we don’t have a house with a separate laundry room so it seemed inconvenient. But when I saw a friend’s baby with her bum hugged by soft cotton instead of scratchy noisy plastic, I was touched, and inspired to go cloth. I’m so happy we did! It’s been amazingly easier than I thought it would be, and it has saved us SO much money (not to mention environmental karma!).
The second trend is my Lunapads. I did some reading online and got scared of what they put in tampons, and what happens when you put those tampons in you. Also, after switching to cloth diapers for the baby, I thought, “Why not switch to cloth for myself?” I did it, and I loved it! It felt like a little treat for myself each month.
So, see? This is just the next step in a long progression of reusable cloth products to replace disposable ones.
I first read about cloth wipes on the Lunapads blog, where they linked back to a Crunchy Chicken article about her experiment switching to cloth. I was inspired! But I was also lazy, and it wasn’t until a couple weeks later, with my TP supply rapidly diminishing, that I decided to sew some up. So yesterday, armed with a template, some scissors, my sewing machine, and some super cute flannellette I bought a few months ago, I set to work.
I wanted the wipes to be about the same size as 2 squares of toilet paper, so I made a little cardboard template in that size and drew a bunch of rectangles on the cloth. Next I cut them out, and then I zig-zag stitched all around the edges. I got 19 from what was left of the 1/2 yard piece of cotton (I had also made some doll sheets & pillow case out of the fabric). And voila! The cutest darn pile of toilet paper you’ve ever seen! Don’t tell me it’s not!
My plan is to use these just for pee . . . at least for now. We wash our cloth diapers anyway, so this won’t cause any extra laundry in our house. I’ll report back once I’ve tried this out for a week or two and you can let me know if you think I’ve completely lost it! In the mean time, I’ll be singing “You can feel the cottony softness . . . .”