While she usually has a lot of helpful tips to share when it comes to fighting global warming, this one proved to be quite controversial.
The average carbon footprint of a person in the United States alone is 16 tons. The larger your footprint, the heavier the strain on the environment. Going low on waste is one of the biggest steps one can take to lower their carbon footprint on this planet.
It, of course, demands bigger reforms by large industries and people with deeper pockets. However, individually taking care of how much you do on your part might make a difference, albeit a small one. How far could one go to accommodate a low-waste lifestyle though? One mum on TikTok, who is also a low-waste lifestyle influencer, has divided the internet on how one should clean up after relieving their human waste.
The woman named Ali has a lot of helpful tips to share when it comes to fighting global warming. However, this time, she had something quite controversial to share. Ali revealed that instead of using toilet paper, her household uses what is known as "family cloth."
She starts the video by questioning who came up with the term "family cloth," when in fact all it means is "cloth toilet paper." To clear the "ick factor" off, she shows us how the restroom set up is in her home.
She explained: "This is the toilet in our upstairs bathroom primarily used by my husband and I." While pointing at chequered pieces of cloth kept in a basket atop the toilet, she calmly added: "This is a basket of clean wipes, mostly flannel cut from old Christmas pajamas. When I use the bathroom, I let the bidet do all the heavy lifting, pat dry with a clean wipe, and then put the used wipe in this bin which will eventually go into the laundry."
She also explained that "no wipe is ever used for multiple bathroom sessions without being laundered." Giving a thumbs down, she added, "that would be disgusting." Going into further detail, Ali shared that the advantage of using cloth toilet paper is that they are "studier and softer" on the skin. She added that they also keep paper towels for her husband who isn't a fan of cloth toilet paper and we must say, we fully empathize with him.
The video has gained 829 comments and left a good amount of people grossed out. "Nope. Still poop left. I'm not sticking that in my washer," wrote @michellebodi. "When I heard family cloth. I was very scared y'all were sharing like a single rag hanging on a hook by the toilet," expressed @unwarybear891(on behalf of all of us). "The ick factor wasn't removed for me," commented @kimrex43. "You couldn't pay me to do this," added @plant.horder.
The comment section was evidently divided and some TikTok users supported the ideas she described. "Okay in addition to a bidet, it makes sense. Without, I couldn't really feel like you could properly clean the clothes," commented @lukah.
"I will never go back to TP. Cloth is so much comfier and does a great job of drying after a bidet. We also keep TP for guests," wrote @halfapearahippos. "Not to mention the amount of bleach in toilet paper, you are probably doing it right," chimed in @ashlynmckibben.
What do you think of this compromise? Is it a comfortable one or one that gives you icks?