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2022-06-01 02:34:21 By : Mr. Johnny chan

A mum-of-three has revealed why her family stopped using toilet paper three years ago – and the bizarre rule they used to have for guests as a result.

Loads of families are having to think of savvy ways to save money these days.

But for most of us, buying toilet paper is non-negotiable.

No matter what, most families will find a way to squeeze a couple of extra dollars out of their budget to ensure there’s always fresh loo roll on hand.

But, as reported by The Sun, Amber Allen, along with husband Joseph and their three kids, decided that it was an unnecessary expense.

“We’ve used cloth instead of toilet paper for the past three years,” Amber said in a video on her YouTube channel.

“We started not using toilet paper for several reasons. We were trying to get out of about £70,000 [$A100,000] of debt, so we cut anything out of our budget that we could.”

The mum-of-three said other measures they took included cancelling their Netflix subscription and completely stopping shopping “of pretty much any kind”, as well as eating frugally.

“One day it occurred to me, why are we using toilet paper? We are literally throwing our money down the toilet,” she said.

“I just couldn’t wrap my head around why we were doing that.”

Amber decided to research alternative options to toilet paper and came across cloth wipes online – though “not many people were doing it”, she admitted.

Not wanting to waste money on buying new fabric, Amber cut up clothes that she didn’t like or that were damaged, repurposing them as cloth toilet wipes.

However, the supersaver quickly discovered that they wore out “insanely fast”, so she began buying second-hand baby blankets made out of flannel.

She estimates in doing so she’s saved between $1200 to $2100 over the past three years.

The family still do buy toilet paper, but it’s for guests only.

“We used to have a BYOR (bring your own roll) rule in our house,” she joked.

But the family eventually decided to be more generous, and eventually purchased one pack of toilet roll for guests to use.

As for the family’s used cloths, the mum explained that they keep a bucket in the bathroom with water in it “to keep things nice and liquidy”.

They wash the used cloths every other day, with Amber urging anyone who might adopt the same method to “please wash your cloth wipes in a separate load from your clothing”.

She added that her husband has made that mistake in the past.

“There’s no coming back from washing your soiled cloth with clothing or bedding without soaking everything in the bathtub with baking soda,” she said.

Amber doesn’t judge people who use toilet paper.

“Do what works for you,” she said.

And she admits the process of cloth wipes is time-consuming.

“After using cloth wipes for years, we are kind of getting tired of it,” she said. “It takes work, but we’re going to keep going, for now.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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