Have you seen that crazy talk on the ‘net about using corn cobs in place of TP? Other than farmers, who has corn cobs laying around?! Leaves sounds more reasonable, albeit not dried ones. I can’t say I know that for a fact because Wayne is a party pooper. (I apologize in advance for the unfortunate and unintended puns in this post).
Here’s how it went. We were sitting in our three season sunroom yesterday afternoon which was glorious. The sunlight brought the sunroom temp up to seventy even though it was still in the 40s outside. The local indie oldies a.m. station was playing on the vintage radio. We sat on our rocking chairs and I asked his thoughts about leaves in lieu of TP if it came down to that. Then I had a great idea on how to find out! I can’t believe he didn’t want to play along with my novel quarantine game.
I had leftover chocolate frosting from when I had made his birthday cake on Saturday. Wouldn’t it be fun to simulate different TP substitutions in a makeshift lab? All I had to do was place some frosting on a plate and then wipe it off…anyway, you get where I wanted to go, but like I said, Wayne wasn’t having it. I’m sure you all think I’m off my rocker. My humor gets darker in times like this, but it’s how I cope and I’m OK. Promise.
In all seriousness, I do have five frugal suggestions for what you can use should you run out of toilet paper. Most of these things are likely laying around your house. You will need a large pair of scissors to cut some of these things into scraps to go into the trash and not down your toilet after one usage:
- Socks. You know, the ones missing their mates or have holes.
- Bed sheets and pillow cases. Do you have some plain guest sheets or ones you haven’t used in ages? If not you can buy them new online. One large sheet can give you loads of scraps.
- Handkerchiefs. Obviously you wouldn’t want to use your fine hankies but if you have some that are older and fraying, instead of tossing, put them into service once more.
- Knit clothing. Maybe you have old clothes you’ve reserved for gardening, house repairs and painting.
- Washcloths. I have to replace mine after many uses as they start to fall apart. They used to go into the trash.
Thankfully we don’t yet need to go this route yet but it’s reassuring to know that there are thrifty options that you have right in your house!