It would appear that the pros and cons are pretty much equal. Proponents claim that hemp or bamboo cloths have natural anti-microbial properties and are thus better to use than cotton, but it’s very difficult to get around the mindset that the piece of cloth you’re holding in your hand and are about to wipe yourself with was used for wiping purposes just a few days beforehand — and not necessarily by you. Maybe it’s different if, as in some families, each member had their own color/print cloths so they don’t end up being shared? After all, cloth menstrual pad users don’t mind washing and re-using a pad month after month as it’s their own and isn’t being used by anyone else, but somehow, the idea of washing blood out of a cloth and using it again doesn’t seem to squick people out quite as much as the though of re-using poop-cloths, even if they’re clean.
In theory, using family cloths seems to be a great idea — they’re eco-friendly, reusable/sustainable, and would save us hundreds of dollars a year — but how many of us would actually go this route? Some people seem to be “okay” with the idea of using the wipes solely for after urinating, but would never consider them for any other use. Others claim that they would use them so long as each family member had their own set of cloths (as the thought of sharing other people’s bum-wipes is just too much for them) and some would just flat-out refuse to even consider trying them out at all. It’s quite possible that we’ve all become so accustomed to the habit of tossing away anything perceived as soiled that we can’t shift gears on this one unless there comes a time when we really have no other choice.
Have any of you used family cloths at home? If you have, what did you think of them?
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