Many say toilet paper will be worth it’s weight in gold after SHTF. Personally, I don’t think this is too far from the truth, toilet paper is a modern luxury many people tend to take for granted. Have you sorted out your emergency toilet paper yet? Do you know how you will wipe you but after SHTF?
If not, keep reading!
Everyone has been there, waddling around the house with your trousers around your ankles looking for a roll of toilet paper. But what if there was no more left? What if you couldn’t send someone to the shop to grab a packet?
This is why it is important to stock up on toilet roll now while it is readily available. What if there was a prolonged crisis? What would you use as emergency toilet paper? Do you even have a stock of toilet paper in your preps?
Lets take a look at what things can be used as emergency toilet paper.
Toilet Paper Alternatives – Emergency Toilet Roll
The most obvious method of wiping your butt is with good old paper. If you run out of toilet paper, you can make use of paper towels, newspaper, notepad paper, envelopes… whatever you can get your hands on. Note – Magazines don’t work very well because of the gloss coating, keep them for starting the fire.
2. Wet Wipes
Before you start ripping up newspapers to wipe your butt, check and see if you have any wet wipes, or baby wipes. These make for great emergency toilet paper, and are nice and soft too.
I would advise preppers to stock up on wet wipes, or baby wipes now, as they are great to have around the house for a number of things, such as cleaning up, washing yourself when there is no shower or bath, wiping down surfaces….
Tissues are a great alternative to toilet paper, and are nice and soft too! Only problem is they are quite thin, so you may have to double up if you want to keep your hands clean.
Yes, rocks can be used to wipe you but. Not just any old rock though, you need to find a smooth, flat, but not sharp rock. With this, can you do what is known as the scrape method, which was used by many ancient societies, and is still used by many tribes today. Stir the rock in water to remove excess before scraping again.
You can find rocks like this on river beds, or by the sea.
Sponges where used in the times of the Romans for this very purpose. They would wash the sponge in water and vinegar before using again. Even if you do this, a damp sponge is a breeding ground for bacteria, so it is advisable to either boil the sponge, or soak it in a bleach solution to kill any bacteria.
Using cloth as emergency toilet paper is probably the best idea, and most suited for long term use, whilst being easy on your butt. This method is referred to as the family cloth, as it is used by people who are trying to be as frugal, or eco friendly as possible.
The idea is to use cloths to wipe yourself, then wash them out, ready to reuse. Soft fabric from old shirts, t-shirts or even night gowns work best for this.
Simply cut up some squares of cloth, or buy rags now, do you business, then afterwards, wash the cloth, and dry it out.
In many third world countries, toilet paper is unheard of. Instead, they use water. Cup some water in you hand, splash the area, and wipe clean with your hands. You are obviously going to want to clean your handy thoroughly after doing this. Hand sanitiser would be an ideal investment.
If you don’t have access to any of the above methods to wipe your butt when SHTF, then you may have to turn to nature for a helping hand.
8. Cottonwood Husks
Look for the larger leaved variety. These leaves are smooth which makes them ideal for emergency toilet paper. The leaves are tough, so they shouldn’t tear during use. Cottonwood also has some anti-pain effects, so they can be used for things like bandages too.
9. Thimbleberry Leaves
You will find these large plants in damp areas. The tend to grow next to streams, lakes, rivers and next to drainage on mountain sides. The leaves are big, and are also very soft, making them ideal for emergency toilet roll. They die back in the winter time, but usually grow back from the root in spring.
10. Mullein Leaves
Mullein plants can be found in dry and sandy soils. The leave on this low growing plant are coated with a soft fuzz. Depending on your skin, this soft fuzz can be great, or irritable. Use this with caution, it’s best to rub it on another, less sensitive area of your body before using it as emergency toilet roll.
11. Large Leaved Aster
AKA, lumberjack toilet paper. The large, smooth heart shaped leaves are just made for wiping your butt in SHTF or when bugging out. This plant can be found in the Eastern USA and Canada.
12. Corn Husks
Corn husks was a popular toilet paper among the pioneers, they grew so much corn, it just made sense to use the husks as toilet roll. When green, the leaves are soft, and a good size, which makes them ideal for emergency toilet paper. They can be dried for use in winter, though they do harden up a little, and become rougher. You can soak them in water before use to soften them up again.
13. Bolted Lettuce
Many garden plants can be used as emergency toilet roll. One example is bolted lettuce. Once lettuce bolts, it becomes to bitter to eat, and so usually goes to waste, or the compost pile. You can make use of it in SHTF for toilet paper. The leaves are big, and great for wiping your butt.
14. Hazelnut Leaves
Hazelnut leaves make for good emergency toilet roll, though they are a bit on the small side, but if you have no other choice, then it’s better than nothing. They have some hairs, which, just like Mullein Leaves, can be irritable to sensitive skin. They are very soft, and non toxic, so totally safe to use as toilet roll.
15. Maple Leaves
Maple leaves are not that large, do not have irritable hairs, and are easily identifiable in the woods. Maple trees produce an abundance of leaves, so gathering them should not be a problem. Broadleaf and sugar maples have the largest leaves, and are best suited for emergency toilet paper.
There are many other types of leaves in the wild that can be used for emergency toilet paper, such as dandelion. Make sure you have real world experience before using any wild plant as toilet paper, as some are toxic and can result in severe irritation.
Buying a copy of a wild plants book will help you identify non-toxic plants that can also be eaten!