WHO would have thought reusable toilet paper would be a thing?
Well, we live in days where anything is possible.
Toilet paper-shaped clothes have been used in lieu of toilet paper in the loo, then kept in a hamper or bag after use to be cleaned for later.
The clothes are an eco-friendly alternative to the disposable toilet tissue paper. And this practice, that apparently gained attention on several blogs for years, is now a whole industry on online shop etsy.com.
According to USA Today, director and public health researcher at the University of Arizona Kelly Reynolds, who studies contaminants in the home, says it all depends on how cloth wipers do their laundry.
“This is just a risky practice overall, I think. The potential for cross contamination is very high from your bathroom, where they’re stored, to your laundry room,” she said.
“When you wash these clothes, you transfer germs to the entire load of laundry, even subsequent loads if you’re not using a protocol,” she said.
On etsy.com, the toilet “unpaper” roll is described as 100% cotton flannel, reusable family cloth for all.
“We designed this product in response to the current Covid-19 health crisis affecting the planet. Toilet UNpaper is reusable toilet paper that replaces the need for disposable options,” the online shop’s description read.
One anonymous wiper told BuzzFeed she left used cloths in a bathroom hamper for a day before laundering, while blogger Beth Ricci left hers soiled in a sealed bag for up to two days.