And, yes, family cloth is exactly what you are thinking....
Do you think I am weird?
I certainly thought family cloth was way too 'out there' even for me for the longest time. Then, I realized we (okay, I) go through a lot of toilet paper. As a general rule, I like nice things and my toilet paper was no exception. And that stuff really adds up if you stop and think about it. Seriously. You should stop and think about it sometime.
My switch to family cloth has absolutely nothing to do with preserving the environment, saving trees, reducing my carbon footprint or limiting exposure to chemicals. It has everything to do with being cheap. The green aspects are just an added bonus to saving a few bucks each week.
Like that basket? It's pretty, right? I bought it at our town's holiday bazaar from a woman who imports fair trade goods from Uganda. I liked that. I liked the way it looked. And, I liked that it was on the clearance table for $10.
Inside the basket are the family cloth. In reality, they are unhemmed, cut-up receiving blankets. Trust me. They aren't fancy. These are the same cloths I use as wipes for Liza and at last count we had 1,928 messily cut-up fabric squares.
This is a medium sized travel wetbag intended for cloth diapers. I bought it used from a friend and this little bag is what made family cloth a reality for my house. Until I purchased this wetbag, I couldn't envision the logistics of family cloth. I knew the wipes couldn't go in the trash can on the floor because Henry is notorious for digging through the trash when we aren't looking and a newly mobile Liza can't be trusted either. As soon as I saw this wetbag's little handle, I knew it was perfect for our bathroom. The cute owl print didn't hurt either.
I throw the wipes and the bag into the cloth diaper laundry once the basket o' wipes begin running low. If we didn't have cloth diapers, I would wash the wipes and the bag with a load of towels. No biggie. Once I got my setup perfected, it has been no big deal at all. Seriously.
Do you think this is weird?
Are you weird like me?