Now, this may be an uncomfortable topic. But the fact is, all preppers (and human beings) need to use the bathroom throughout the day. And, if you’ve been stockpiling toilet paper, this typically doesn’t come with too many issues.
However, what happens when the stockpile runs out? Or if something happens, and you longer have access to real toilet paper? In the event of an emergency, your bathroom needs will remain the same. Which means you need to prepare for some alternative solutions.
As it turns out, nature provides a great deal of alternatives to toilet paper. In addition, certain common, everyday items can be useful in the event of an emergency.
When the SHTF, it’s important to know about these…
9 Weird Alternatives For Toilet Paper In A Crisis
Old Towels and Rags
Old towels, ratty rags, and even old T-shirts can do well in a pinch. These are also washable, allowing you to reuse them again and again.
Gauze is one of the most common items found in a first-aid kit. But it’s good for more than just wrapping up wounds. It can also make an effective (and soft!) alternative to TP when necessary.
This may sound strange, but people have been using wet sponges for thousands of years. Heck, the Romans were using these long before the invention of toilet paper. You can even attach one of these sponges to a stick so that your hands don’t get dirty.
If you use this technique, just be sure that the water you soak the sponge in is bacteria-free. You don’t want to be introducing germs, disease, and bacteria where you wipe.
A Corn Cob
To be honest, a corn cob is not the softest item to replace toilet paper with. However, it’ll do in a crisis (and people have gotten by using it for thousands of years).
Whether you have young children or not, wet wipes are essential for using as a TP alternative. They’re soft, sanitary, and get the job done. Plus, if you buy boxes of them, you can recycle the box as a storage container. Do yourself a favor and stock up on lots of these now.
Newspapers & Magazines
It’s commonplace to see some magazines or a book in the bathroom. However, this wasn’t always just for reading while on the john.
In fact, Colonial Americans used to wipe with the pages of newspapers, and even the Farmer’s Almanac. This gave them the idea to put a hole in the corner of the book. This way, it could hang on the hook on the outhouse wall.
Mullein is largely known as nature’s toilet paper. It’s incredibly soft, and has a pleasant, velvety texture. Watch the video below to learn more about it, and how to identify it.
Other Types Of Leaves
Nature also provides other types of leaves you can use for bathroom purposes. These include:
However, there is one type of leaf you should avoid at all costs: poison ivy. However, this can be tricky to keep away from. Especially if you’re not sure how to identify it.
Watch the video below to learn how to identify poison ivy.
The keyword here is “smooth.” Rocks with sharp edges or bulky sides will not be pleasant to wipe with. Rather, flat river stones often work great when using as toilet paper. Islamic culture has been using stones this way for years.
BONUS: TOILET PAPER STOCKING
True, toilet paper is very important. However, stockpiling it can be tricky. It takes up tons of space in your storage, and is just a hassle.
So what do you do?
Luckily, one fellow prepper came up with a solution. Check out the video below for details.