Spill the beans... on how to minimise loo paper use

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  • PasturesNew
    PasturesNew Posts: 70,698 Forumite
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    I've never found a need to skimp in my use of this type of tissue. I buy it in big packs, based on £/100 sheets.... but once it's home there's no shortage. I use it in abundance..... no skimping here.

    On the other hand, I don't buy meat or wine..... but I've a lovely clean bum :)
  • I was brought up with the line "this toilet is old and blocks if you use more than 2 squares. If you block it, you have to clean it by hand". Still works for me :)

    Now to convince everyone else in the new flat
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  • PasturesNew
    PasturesNew Posts: 70,698 Forumite
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    ...average usage is 12 sheets per flush...
    Oh - and I thought I was carefree in my use.... 12/flush seems waaaaaay too much....
  • Mrs_Arcanum
    Mrs_Arcanum Posts: 23,976 Forumite
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    Only other tip is to put the roll on the holder so the paper pulls from the back. Stops children/pets unrolling a load "accidentally". ;)

    Nothing seems to stop my lot from using too much though. :(
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  • Pull your bum cheeks apart slightly one hand, on each side. Or maintain a V shape between your legs and upper body instead of the L shape when you usually sit - putting your feet on a stool or platform helps or leaning slightly forward (and I mean slightly if you miss there is much more cleanup). That should help the flow, less sheets used in cleanup.
  • Another advocate of a decent paper here (cushelle for us) as when I use a cheap one I'm so worried about fingers going through it so I know I use more!

    Re wet wipes - I buy the own brand toddler wipes. They're cheap, often on offer, don't clog the loo and (not to be too graphic) are fab for ladies at certain times of the month...:D

    Plus they always seem to have a nice apple-y smell ;)
    Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure.
  • The Romans used to use a goose's neck. Not just effective, but green too as there was no wasted paper.
  • Only other tip is to put the roll on the holder so the paper pulls from the back. Stops children/pets unrolling a load "accidentally". ;)

    Nothing seems to stop my lot from using too much though. :(

    I'm sitting here twitching thinking of loo roll hanging to the back. You know that odd thing every person has? That's mine - it must be hanging to the front! :D
    Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure.
  • 4nnabella
    4nnabella Posts: 1,889 Forumite
    I use cloth nappies and washable wipes on my baby girl and I know some of my cloth bum mum friends use washable wipes on themselves, usually just for no1s, not 2s. Then they just go in the wash with the nappies. Wipes are just squares of fabric like terry towelling, fleece, microfibre or bamboo. You can use them dry or damp.
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  • Barneysmom
    Barneysmom Posts: 10,123 Forumite
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    SPROUTGOAT wrote: »
    Why waste money on wet wipes which might block the drains anyway? Simply get a few sheets of bunched-up toilet paper wet & use those. This is easy if your loo is in the bathroom. or near a handbasin. When I first started doing this, after the last ostensibly clean dry wipe, I was amazed at how dirty in reality my bum still was.


    I just wanted to reiterate what Sproutgoat pointed out re wet wipes and flushing, they cause a lot of blockages in the sewers!
    If you do use ordinary baby wipes, put them in a doggypoo bag and put them in the wheelie bin, don't flush them!
    There are proper flushable moist toilet tissue wipes available so if you need wet wipes it's best to use those ones instead. :)
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