Getting Rid of Disposables! All the ways to use Cloth.

Posted 07-15-2010 at 06:51 PM by MyFrugalFunLife

We live in a disposable world. Walk into the grocery store and you’ll see tons of one time use items. Not only do these things fill up landfills but they cost money and lots of it. It’s time to get away from the disposable mind set and start using material that can be reused multiple times. Cloth is a great way to do this-its inexpensive and has a long life. Here’s some easy ways you can switch from disposable to cloth:

Bags - each year between 500 billion-1 trillion plastic bags are used! Reusable bags are a great way to reduce waste and many grocery stores offer them for under a dollar a piece, or you can get them at various online stores for little cost. Also more and more grocery stores are offering incentives to bring in your own bag to use-like .10 per bag credit.

Diapers - if you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re already use cloth diapers. By using cloth instead of disposable diapers you’re helping to reduce the estimated 27.4 billion disposable diapers being used in the U.S each year. And cloth diapers can be much cheaper than disposables, especially if you use flats or pre-folds.

Sandwich Bags - instead of using disposable bags switch to cloth baggies.  There are several online companies that sell reusable sandwich bags and more wahm’s are making them now too.

Menstrual Productsbillions of dollars are spent annually on menstrual products-which are then thrown into landfills. By switching to cloth pads and tampon alternatives like the Diva Cup, you can save a lot of money and also cut back on waste.

Paper Towel - one of the biggest disposable wasters is paper towel. Every year 7,300 tons of paper towels is made. Besides the enormous waste, paper towel is also expensive. You can stop using it and just use cloth towels-either buy cheap dish cloths or buy un-paper towel online from various wahm’s.

Tissue - you can stop blowing money away by switching from disposable tissue and use cloth instead. Just cut up an old sheet or bath towel and store in a small container for when you need it.

Toilet Paper – now if you’re adventurous then family cloth is a great money saving option for you! Like tissue it can be any piece of cloth (t-shirt material does not fray in the wash), cut down to resemble the size of a piece of disposable toilet paper. Store it in a basket under your bathroom cabinet and then wash it with your cloth diapers or do a separate load of laundry once you’ve got enough for a separate load of laundry. In between washes just throw it in your cloth diaper pail or in a wetbag.

Baby Wipes - disposable baby wipes are a big expense and can cause irritation on your baby’s bum. You can just buy cheap wash cloths at the store or get nicer ones from various wahm’s. Use them with plain water or homemade solution.

By switching to cloth items as much as possible you’ll not only save a lot of money, but you’ll also be helping the environment!

There are many wahm’s on Diaper Swappers who make cloth alternatives to the things listed above. If you’re ready to make the switch take a peek at the DS WAHM Wares section!

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Comments

22 Responses to “Getting Rid of Disposables! All the ways to use Cloth.”

  1. whitneywalters on July 15th, 2010 7:33 pm


    Great post, the only thing we do not do is family cloth, just not there yet lol

  2. Havah on July 15th, 2010 8:37 pm


    I’m right there with Whitney! I’d probably feel the compulsion to boil family cloth and facial “tissue” if/when we get there. It’s the microbiologist in me … ;p

  3. graysonandmommy on July 16th, 2010 4:41 am


    I’ve used diva cup for 4 years and love it. I don’t think we could do the family cloth though.

  4. ArmyMommyTo3 on July 16th, 2010 7:48 pm


    We use all those cloth products already! DH was reluctant to use family cloth, but really likes it now.

  5. Michelle_M on July 17th, 2010 3:13 am


    All of those are great. I wish DH would get on the “family cloth” band wagon, he’ll use them if we’re out of TP.. but even if I “forget” to buy disposable, he’ll just get it the next time he’s running errands. LOL

  6. greenMImama on July 17th, 2010 4:12 pm


    Family cloth grossed me out for a while but once I tried it there was no going back, it is way thicker and so much softer than toilet paper. We all love it and won’t be switching back anytime.

  7. momofcutebutts on July 18th, 2010 4:03 am


    Yes, I agree and would go with you except for the family cloth. The Arabs wash themselves after their business with their left hand – this is even more environmentally friendly, huh? And I also appreciate the bidet…But yes, we still use TP…lots of it :-))

  8. KristianaMichelle on July 18th, 2010 8:06 pm


    Lots of great ideas! Like the others, family cloth is just a bit much for me, too. Maybe one day!

  9. jks06457 on July 18th, 2010 11:15 pm


    A cloth diaper vet. Haven’t touched a disposable female product in 5 years. I am now trying to ween us off of paper towels. I honestly don’t know the last time I bought tissues and don’t think I have ever bought napkins in my grown up life. Family cloth…would love to do that, but I am waiting til my kids are all out of the play with things and flush them mindset.

  10. Bethany89 on July 20th, 2010 9:23 pm


    We use cloth diapers and cloth wipes.. just switched to unpaper towels and loving them! I want to do family cloth.. hoping my DH will be ok with it!

  11. tiffanybrooklyn on July 22nd, 2010 7:29 am


    We do all of these things and love it! Fam cloth is probably my fav. We use mostly for #1 and it seems pretty clean. How dirty can pee from yourself and your LOs really be :)? Seriously my periods went from 5 days to 2 with the use of mooncup and mamacloth!

  12. lierre.bebe on July 24th, 2010 10:15 pm


    i’m not sure i could ever stomach family cloth or menstrual cloth. ever, lol. Baby cloth is enough for me.

  13. Cate on July 26th, 2010 7:13 am


    In an Asian country where I live, we use bidet/water to spritz our hineys and use our hands with soap to clean after each BM. We don’t even need toilet papers! And since that’s how we teach our kids too, we don’t need wipes either! They go directly to the toilet seat and we soap & rinse away! It’s also customary to carry hankies, so no tissue need either. Dish cloths is also the norm, paper towels are for wusses lol. Not sure if this is true for every household, but in my circle of friends (and we are all professional working Mums), we fold up each (already biodegradable) plastic grocery bag and re-use (unless it smells of fish, that becomes trash bag, we don’t even need to buy those industrial black trash bags). Needless to say, we cloth diaper since the ancient times although sposies gets a huge market now and increasing since the late ’90s. But we’ll come around!

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  15. ChicanaCoqueta on July 28th, 2010 6:56 pm


    in theory it sounds great. but it’s a lot harder when you don’t have access to your own washer or dryer and/or if you have to pay to wash. It’s especially difficult when you live in a 3 story building with no elevator and recent knee surgery – and coin-op washers are on the 1st floor and me on 3rd…

  16. ChicanaCoqueta on July 28th, 2010 6:57 pm


    CD & wipes though, we’ve got that down :)

  17. BellyLove on July 28th, 2010 7:07 pm


    I use mamacloth and used cloth diapers. We never buy tissues or paper towels (we use old cloth diapers.) I would LOVE to do family cloth but my hubby isn’t on board with that. :( Maybe slowly phasing it in?

  18. Rebeldream on July 28th, 2010 8:36 pm


    Fabulous ideas!! We’ve implemented all of these over the past year or so and wouldn’t go back! (Unless there really was no option.) There are a few that could be added, though… like cloth shower curtains and cloth bowl covers. (I make the covers so I’m partial but they’re a wonderful way to eliminate plastic wrap and/or tinfoil when covering bowls that don’t have their own lids!) http://www.hyenacart.com/rebelTLCs

  19. Mommyplunder on August 6th, 2010 10:17 pm


    I love cloth and since I’ve switched to cloth to just about all I can for around the house I’ll never go back to paper.I’m so glad I tried family cloth because I love it and detest toilet paper now.

  20. Good2BdaMama on August 9th, 2010 4:38 pm


    We do most of these things. If I pushed DH on family cloth and tissues, I think he’d rebel against some of the other ‘green’ choices we’ve made. I’m ok with using TP and Kleenex since we create very little waste otherwise.

  21. vqjohnston on August 11th, 2010 12:08 am


    I havent bought paper towels in a while and this thurday im buying my cloth diapers! im super excited! I will someday make the switch to all of these. I know family cloth will be the hardest but if anything ill just use it an that ill cut down some. Hopefully DH wont resist =)

  22. reviews on January 9th, 2011 5:01 pm


    Thanks for sharing, I like this blog!

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