So… we aren’t doing this and haven’t done this, but the other week we were down to 8 rolls of TP and the grocery store was out and we were fairly sure everything was about to get shut down for 2 weeks (oh, how naive we were!). While DH drove to Walgreens, where he was eventually successful, I looked up family cloth on the internet. Just in case.
So… what is family cloth? It’s using cloth for pee instead of using toilet paper. There’s a lot of discussion about it on the internet, most of it negative (“rich white people wanting to feel poor” “not actually that environmentally friendly”). Here’s a buzzfeed article.
We did use cloth wipes for pee diapers for DC2 because poor DC2 was allergic to *everything* (this is also part of why DC2 responded really well to elimination communication). And it was fine!
So for insurance purposes I ordered a bunch of cloth wipes from amazon. I got two kinds– some soft organic baby wipes and some super cheap white terry cloth baby washclothes. My hope is that these remain unopened and we can donate them to refugee families once this pandemic dies down. But if not, here’s my plan:
Put a bucket and some other container (plastic bag?) in the master bathroom. Before TP runs out at home, get DH on board with family cloth for pee. Talk to the kids about not using huge amounts of TP (I think they’re fine on this already? I don’t keep track, but I haven’t noticed them running out unreasonably quickly, though who knows). Put clean cloths in the plastic bag. Used cloths go in the bucket. When cloths run down, wash them in bleach. Repeat. (If it is a true emergency, we will cut down some old t-shirt rags into additional cloths.) Reserve paper TP for poo.
Probably we should just get a bidet attachment for the toilet, but my sensitive American rear is still squicked out by that idea. (Update: bidet attachments have been sold out on amazon!)
Do you have back-up plans for shortages?