Nurse reveals how she has stopped using toilet paper in favour of reusable CLOTHS because they are ‘much nicer’ – but guests are provided with loo roll
- Daisy May Taylor switched to using reusable cloths instead of toilet paper
- She washes them daily to reuse but experts warn they could breed bacteria
- Doesn’t expect her guests to use the cloths and provides recycled toilet paper
A nurse has revealed how she has swapped toilet paper for reusable cloths, to do her bit to save the planet.
Already a fan of reusable nappies, when Daisy May Taylor, 30, of Derby, also switched to using washable cloth wipes for her daughter, Eliza, 22 months, she started using them herself when she went to the loo.
Neither she nor her IT worker husband Warren, 28 – who have both used reusable cloth wipes since January – have any regrets, according to Daisy, who said: ‘They are much nicer to use than toilet paper.
‘I think you feel cleaner. It’s a bit like using a toilet wipe, but you don’t have that feeling of it ruining the environment.
Daisy May Taylor (pictured with her daughter Eliza) has swapped toilet roll for reusable cloths after being inspired by her daughter’s cloth nappies
Daisy washes the cloths every day at 40°C but experts warn that even washing the wipes at 60°C may not be enough to kill bacteria
‘We were worried about the environmental impact of nappies when Eliza was born and that has filtered down.
‘Using reusable wipes after going to the toilet works with our lifestyle and reduces what we are throwing or flushing away.’
Passionate about environmental awareness, before Eliza was born, on November 20, 2016, Daisy had decided to use reusable nappies.
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She explained: ‘I did a lot of reading before having her and I was worried about the amount of waste using disposable nappies creates. They take between 200 and 500 years to decompose, sitting in landfill sites, so cloth nappies seemed like a better option to me.’
Now she washes the modern cloth nappies and reusable liners, together with the family’s reusable wipes.
While Daisy’s husband Warren was initially reluctant to try the cloths he eventually succumbed and now the whole family use the cloths
Before using the cloths, the couple dampen them, wipe themselves and place them in a sealed bin with some drops of essential oils, to prevent smells. Pictured: The family’s bathroom
She explained: ‘We throw them in the washing machine with the nappies, so it is really straight forward.’
Before switching to wipes for themselves, at the end of last year Daisy and Warren began using fully recycled toilet paper.
Daisy said: ‘We were becoming more aware of what we were throwing away, so I looked up a company online that uses only environmentally friendly materials and also donates 50 per cent of their profits to help build toilets for those in need.
‘That did seem like it was a step forward, but I realised that I was already washing the cloths for Eliza and maybe I could just use them, too. So, I started using them in January. My husband was a bit unsure at first, but within a few days, he decided to try them too.
Daisy says that she has had nothing but positive feedback about her reusable cloths and one friend has also switched to using them
Before switching to wipes for themselves, at the end of last year Daisy and Warren began using fully recycled toilet paper
‘We bought more of the cloths we were using for Eliza from an online site called ‘Cheeky Wipes,’ that specialises in different types of reusable wipes. Now there’s always a pile of clean ones in the bathroom and some in the wash.’
Before using the cloths, the couple dampen them, wipe themselves and place them in a sealed bin with some drops of essential oils, to prevent smells.
The cloths, which cost around £9 for 10, are then washed every day with Eliza’s nappies and cloths, dried and returned to the bathroom, ready to be used again.
Daisy added: ‘For us using cloths was a no brainer, because we were already doing it with Eliza and it wasn’t any more work.
‘I wash everything at 40 degrees and we don’t use anything to clean our washing machine or anything. We just clean it out periodically.’
But, according to consumer group Which? even a 60°C wash along may not be hot enough to kill bacteria.
A Which? report said: ‘You might be washing at 60°C because you’ve heard it kills bacteria.
‘The temperature on its own doesn’t. Some bacterial spores and viruses are resistant to washing at 60°C. You need to combine your 60°C wash with a good detergent to blast that bacteria. ‘
The couple don’t expect their guests to use the cloths and provide recycled toilet paper for them to use
Although Daisy knows her approach is unusual, she insists that she has only had positive reactions when she talks about it.
She said: ‘One of my friends has even started doing it, too. Some people have said that they couldn’t do it, and that’s fine. I understand it’s not for everyone, but it works for us.’
But Daisy does not go so far as to expect her guests to use reusable clothes and keeps some recycled toilet paper on hand for visitors.
She added: ‘There’s always the option of loo roll there and, if I’m honest, I’m not sure how I would feel about washing cloths from lots of different people! ‘I’m fine with washing the ones my family use. but I’m not sure I’d want to wash them for all our guests, too.’
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