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Sun Apr 5, 2020, 09:55 AM

Toilet Paper Substitutes: Plants You Can Use As Toilet Paper

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Toilet Paper Substitutes: Plants You Can Use As Toilet Paper

Gardening Tips & Information
By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Toilet paper is something most of us take for granted, but what if there was a shortage? Ever considered what you would do in the absence of this most standard of daily needs? Well, perhaps you could grow your own toilet paper.

Thatís right! Many plants are useful as a substitute for this hygiene product. Leaves for toilet paper are often more soothing, softer, and as an added bonus, compostable and sustainable.

Can You Grow Your Own Toilet Paper?

Certain situations can cause toilet paper woes, so itís best to be prepared. Few things are worse than being shy on some comforting tissue after you do your duty. Good news! You can use plants as toilet paper should the situation call for it. Learn which plants you can use as toilet paper and get growing so youíre never caught short.

Toilet paper has only been standard for about a century, but humans had to use something to wipe up. The wealthy used fabric and washed themselves, but everyone else used what was at hand, which in most cases turned out to be plants.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 09:57 AM

1. Be careful of your septic system; it isn't designed to handle just anything

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 11:06 AM

7. Absolutely true! People are clogging their systems up with wipes and paper towels, too.

Neither public water systems nor private septic sewage treatment systems are designed to handle anything less soluble than toilet paper.

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 02:26 PM

9. Absolutely.

I mainly posted this because I thought that gardeners might get a kick out of it.

Knowing which plants to look for when you're hiking and forgot to bring TP is helpful, though.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 10:04 AM

2. Just use ancient tech known as "wash cloth". Instructions: wipe with it, wash it by hand, hang dry.

You don't have to have 21 wash cloths that you wash in a machine once a week.

You can set aside a pair of rubber gloves just for this purpose, but honestly bare hands and soap are quite sufficient.

Anyone who has changed a diaper knows that shit is not deadly, per se. Not even debilitating. A momentary minor unpleasantness.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 10:12 AM

3. We have lots of lambs ears and I wouldn't hesitate to use them in an emergency, but

I certainly wouldn't flush them into the septic tank. I would throw them into a pit in the woods and sprinkle with lime.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 10:26 AM

4. Corn cobs. Sears & Roebuck catalogue (non-slick pages).

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Response to NCjack (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 10:56 AM

6. I'm old enough to remember

hoping that catalog would last until the next one came and the pile of corn cobs waiting ominously in the corner.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 10:35 AM

5. I hear Trump supporters are immune to poison ivy!

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 12:09 PM

8. I'm waiting for my catalpa tree to leaf out.

The leaves are huge.

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