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The internet is divided over reusable cloth toilet wipes.

The  “family cloth” is a cloth wipe that is used (once per bathroom visit), thrown in a hamper, run through the laundry, and then reused.

One woman told BuzzFeed that her family of four has been relying on the family cloth method for almost a year — and there’s no going back.

“In my mind, buying and using disposable toilet paper was literally flushing money down the toilet!” she told the outlet. “If you’re wondering, ‘Why would you want to reuse something that you wipe your genitals with?’, I’d answer this question with my own question: ‘Do you throw away your underpants after each use?’”

The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, added that her family currently only uses the cloth wipes for pees. A No. 2 situation would require a baby wipe, which is thrown away rather than risk clogging the toilet.

Blogger Beth Ricci on the Red & Honey blog, shared some family cloth users are fine with using the wipes in any bathroom scenario.

“Some people also like to use it for just #1 and not have to deal with #2,” Ricci wrote. “Personally, I love it for both. I find it so much more comfortable and luxurious-feeling. I feel cleaner. I also use it for ‘that time of the month’ which is extra-awesome. We ladies tend to feel icky in those days because it’s tough to get totally clean with just paper. With a warm, wet cloth, I feel like I’m actually getting 100% clean. Full disclosure: Sometimes I tag team it and use a bit of paper to wipe first, then a wet cloth for a more thorough clean.”

• Day Thirty! • Them “Zero Waste?.. but what do you do about like you know.. toilet paper?!” Me: I use Toilet Paper wrapped in paper instead of plastic and Reusable Cotton Clothes Them: interesting.. Haha I want to get a bidet but for now these are my guys! It’s actually fairly simple! I use Cotton Cloth for number one. I have Black Cotton Cloth I use for my period. I use normal Toilet Paper for number 2 and for when I have company over. I bought 10 rolls of Toilet Paper in January, I still have 3 rolls left and it’s the end of plastic free JULY!! I will be getting 100% recycled paper toilet paper when I use these up! Hope everyone is doing well! #zerowaste #plasticfreejuly #toiletpaper #noplastic #ditchplastic #familycloth #sustainable #ecofriendly #zerowastebathroom

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Twitter went crazy with the news – responses include:

“The idea of reusable toilet paper makes me want to die”

“I am all for saving the environment, but shared toilet paper might be going to far for me.”

“ahhhh family cloth, my one true enemy”

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  • It’s a no from me, yuk!

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  • Ew! Could you imagine! Plus you might be saving on paper but what of extra laundry loads and resources?

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  • No. Not for me.

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  • ewww, no, No, NO. I feel ill now.

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  • Noooo. I draw the line at this. Makes me feel just a little ill.

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  • Just the thought of re-using cloth toilet wipes is a no-no for me. That goes for #1’s or #2’s.

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  • I feel sick after reading that, absolutely no way ever

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  • True, we don’t throw our underwear away after using them but then we do not share our underwear.
    To make this thoroughly clean you would have to soak, maybe scrub and then wash it on hot temperatures; not the best for the environment either.

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  • That’s a No from me…. just. No.

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  • Can’t really see it saving money and really that much better for the environment because of the electricity used to wash them.

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  • Wow no thank you

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  • I’m still trying to wrap my head around this concept. Not something I’d be willing to do at this stage I think.

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  • Not something I would consider trying sorry

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  • I don’t want to try this at all, I hate that I have to soak my toilet training son’s undies and now I need to soak my toilet roll too, no thanks but each to their own

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  • Probably no different to reusing washable nappies which I don’t use but reusable washable toilet roll just grosses me out
    I don’t think I would want to wash anything from friend and extended family to me it says germs spreading fast

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