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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 9th Sep 10, 11:42 AM
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    Cutting down consumption of loo paper
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    • 9th Sep 10, 11:42 AM
    Cutting down consumption of loo paper 9th Sep 10 at 11:42 AM
    Does anybody have any imaginative suggestions on how to reduce toilet paper consumption? It's a VATable item and is one of those essentials we unfortunately can't eliminate from our shopping bills.

    (I'm convinced that the advice to eat your "Five a Day" doesn't help. High consumption of fruit and veg does seem to lead to half a loo roll being consumed on every visit )

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    • bryanb
    • By bryanb 9th Sep 10, 11:43 AM
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    Use both sides!
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    • thepenniescount
    • By thepenniescount 9th Sep 10, 11:43 AM
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    • 9th Sep 10, 11:43 AM
    Squash the roll so it doesn't come off as quickly and easily.
    Last edited by thepenniescount; 09-09-2010 at 11:55 AM.
  • MummyOfTwo
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    • 9th Sep 10, 11:47 AM
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    • 9th Sep 10, 11:47 AM
    have you got a home bargains near you? they do 18 rolls for 2.99
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 9th Sep 10, 11:48 AM
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    Hi Primrose

    These threads may give you some ideas:

    toilet rolls ? best way of saving

    any alternative to loo roll...................

    that whole loo roll thing

    I'll add your thread to the first link later to keep the suggestions together.

    Pink
    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 9th Sep 10, 11:54 AM
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    • 9th Sep 10, 11:54 AM
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    • 9th Sep 10, 11:54 AM
    (I'm convinced that the advice to eat your "Five a Day" doesn't help. High consumption of fruit and veg does seem to lead to half a loo roll being consumed on every visit )
    Originally posted by Primrose
    I believe the opposite to be true - hige fibre and a healthy diet should give firm stools, which need minimal wiping Hope this isn't TMI, but what so you expect reading a thread about loo roll
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    • celyn90
    • By celyn90 9th Sep 10, 12:03 PM
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    Don;t have new ones in plain sight - people are normally a bit more careful if they think it's the last one left!
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  • kunekune
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    • 9th Sep 10, 12:26 PM
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    • 9th Sep 10, 12:26 PM
    When I was a child my dad rationed it. We were allowed two squares per toilet visit.
    I think the washable wipes idea is quite good - not very different from using washable wipes for babies.
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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 9th Sep 10, 2:07 PM
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    • 9th Sep 10, 2:07 PM
    When I was a child my dad rationed it. We were allowed two squares per toilet visit.
    Originally posted by kunekune
    Two - seriously, my parents were convinced that one sheet per visit was plenty

    I'm going to look into usable wipes, too
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  • debtdesperado
    swap to that stuff which is like tracing paper... Izal, I think it's called? Much cheaper, much stronger so you only need one sheet...

    But don't forget to scrunch it up first to soften it up a bit, otherwise it's not the most comfortable thing to use
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    • By lauren_1 9th Sep 10, 2:59 PM
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    • Liquorice Twirls
    • By Liquorice Twirls 9th Sep 10, 4:35 PM
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    We use cut up rags for wee's in my house and paper for poo. Most of the rags are from old flannelette sheets and I haven't bothered hemming them. When they get too scrappy round the edges they get trimmed again till too tiny to use. We also have some made from old tshirts which although not so thick are great cos they don't fray.

    The rags get stored in a bin with a lid and then thrown in the washing machine once a week or so. Our consumption of toilet roll has gone down considerably since doing this and I am happy that I am using less trees. Obviously you have to factor in the washing of the rags but I am more than happy to throw them in with other washing as its only wee.
    Originally posted by fayhare
    Great for you that you are able to economise in this way, but I have to say eugh!
    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 9th Sep 10, 4:37 PM
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    Great for you that you are able to economise in this way, but I have to say eugh!
    Originally posted by Liquorice Twirls

    me too

    one way to cut down would be to go at work
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    • MrsBartolozzi
    • By MrsBartolozzi 9th Sep 10, 4:49 PM
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    Great for you that you are able to economise in this way, but I have to say eugh!
    Originally posted by Liquorice Twirls

    But what's the difference between this and washable nappies, baby wipes, hankies, and sanitary towels?? It's just wee, not poo,bacteria infested snot, or blood.

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  • jackieglasgow
    Not that I am advocating theft, but when I was younger and lived abroad one of our favourite things to do to save our meagre pennies for beer was helping ourselves to loo rolls. The only place you could get them easily was an Irish pub, so we always took one whenever we went there. We even had a song to accompany it.

    Other then that, I too am contemplating reuseable wipes for the bathroom, I will leave real paper for the guests in the downstairs loo though, and I also squash the roll.
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    • northwest1965
    • By northwest1965 9th Sep 10, 5:05 PM
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    As someone who has a stepdaughter that uses 6 or 7 sheets just for a wee, it annoys me. I've tried squeezing the roll but that doesnt work. I'm going to start handing her 2 sheets before she goes
    Home Bargains is a really great for loo paper. I've just been converted to it.
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  • parsonswife8
    Fayhare, what can I say? You must be the most money saving person I know, saying that, what the hell did they do in the old days?
    Must have been something similar, surely....well, maybe not the mooncup....

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  • parsonswife8
    swap to that stuff which is like tracing paper... Izal, I think it's called? Much cheaper, much stronger so you only need one sheet...

    But don't forget to scrunch it up first to soften it up a bit, otherwise it's not the most comfortable thing to use
    Originally posted by debtdesperado

    OMG, my MIL uses that.

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  • Hellyboo
    I find that the value stuff is a false economy tbh. It's so thin you need to use more for it to do it's job and be absorbent. I pay a little bit more and get the next step up and it lasts much longer.
    So, there are these boys,
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