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You thought your toilet paper was safe?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 22, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Think again.

In yet another example of "nothing is safe, go live in a f$)@%$g cave," I just confirmed that being allergic to toilet paper is a thing. And I think I have that thing. I'll spare you the play by play commentary, but suffice to say a new brand of toilet paper has introduced woe to my life.

A few papers on it, though a google search shows some bashful questions by people wondering if they are indeed allergic to their toilet paper:

http://www.cfp.ca/content/56/4/350.full

(this one specifically has to do with moist toilet paper): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8573926

It looks like the pricey brands are treated with all sorts of lovely chemicals, including formaldehyde and people actually experience less discomfort from the cheaper brands, since they are only treated with bleach. Regardless of your individual allergic reaction, I am inclined to think this isn't good for any of us.

Considering many feminine products are also bleached, it makes me wonder about the long term consequences of repeatedly exposing your lady parts and bottom to a host of chemicals.

Anyone else play dead when they see the Charmin bear? What are some alternatives? Keep it clean, kids.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on August 22, 2012
at 05:19 PM

If only they knew!

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on August 22, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Your co-workers probably thank you for not smelling like old meat.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on August 22, 2012
at 05:06 PM

Yeah I don't touch the meat with glue-filled paper towels, but I do clean my counters with them! I live in NYC with limited space, 1 closet and space for 1 laundry hamper that I don't want to have those dirty towels on my work clothes. Maybe someday when we move out of the city.

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(2698)

on August 22, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Leaves, and for the luxury minded corncobs, nature's toilet paper. Uh, I guess corncobs wouldn't be paleo though.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on August 22, 2012
at 04:50 PM

Sounds like a great investment. I don't know when we'll have kids, but I do know they will be in cloth diapers!

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 22, 2012
at 04:33 PM

ha ha, I feel the same way. When we tell people we use cloth diapers, we get the strangest looks. But they are SO easy. Probably easier than disposable because we don't have to make emergency store runs. We chose cloth diapers because of the environmental benefits, but we are now on our third child, and still using the same diapers. That $180 investment has saved us $5000 ($70/month for disposables * 24 months (until potty trained) * 3 kids).

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on August 22, 2012
at 04:21 PM

I really wish non-edible products came with an ingredient list! I have too much shit to do in life to track down the origin of all my household items.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on August 22, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Good call. I will probably move to this. Man, everyone thinks I am so weird already...

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on August 22, 2012
at 04:05 PM

It is funny to me how many people rinse their expensive organic local meat and then pat it dry with bleached and dyed paper towels (not that you were saying that you do). I have five thousand kitchen towels and cycle through them like a crazy person. Best investment ever.

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on August 22, 2012
at 04:02 PM

Oh yeah, bath products! I couldn't believe how hard it was to just find a toothpaste that didn't have an artificial sweetener, or sorbitol (a corn derivitave, I know not what it does). I found one. It's easy to fall into a k-hole, but we just have to do our best. Imagine if they listed ingredients on toilet paper, who'd use it?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on August 22, 2012
at 03:53 PM

Ouch...........

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Yeah, we use a homemade detergent for daily washes that plus HOT water kills the bacteria. Once a week we do a vinegar soak. We also use the bum genius all-in-ones so everything gets dumped into the toilet, then thrown into a bin and then into the washing machine.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on August 22, 2012
at 03:40 PM

Yes, I think that is definitely a good call for the baby. I guess a heavy dose of vinegar in the washer kills any lingering bad bacteria from the soiled wash cloths?

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6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

(2177)

on August 22, 2012
at 03:48 PM

I use an outhouse and a water hose with a jet-spray attachment....

Or the really cheap off-brand toilet paper that's just above wax paper.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on August 22, 2012
at 03:53 PM

Ouch...........

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on August 22, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Leaves, and for the luxury minded corncobs, nature's toilet paper. Uh, I guess corncobs wouldn't be paleo though.

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:35 PM

Well, this is something to think about.

While I can't speak to the toilet paper situation, there are alternatives to conventional feminine products. I particularly like fabric products like lunapads.

I suppose an alternative to conventional TP would be using something like a washcloth? But I don't think I'd be ready to handle that laundry...

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on August 22, 2012
at 05:24 PM

I use single-ply. I suppose bleach is the only negative. I do not want the other chemicals and the single-ply lasts way way longer so it's more affordable in the long run. Rather than purchase paper towels, we bring home unused paper napkins when we go out.

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on August 22, 2012
at 03:59 PM

I buy unbleached organic tampons and use Seventh Generation 2-ply toilet paper. Once I learned about how chemical-filled feminine products work, I naturally wanted to step away from using processed and bleached paper products.

Although, I still use Bounty paper towels because they are the quicker, thicker, picker-upper. I guess I risk some exposure for convenience there, but really only use them for gross bloody meat messes on the counter, or for cleaning up the floor after my kitties eat their raw mice/rat meals (and sometimes play soccer with the carcasses) and use cotton kitchen towels for vegetable clean up and counter wiping, because I only have 3 of those and try to do laundry every two weeks :-/

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on August 22, 2012
at 05:06 PM

Yeah I don't touch the meat with glue-filled paper towels, but I do clean my counters with them! I live in NYC with limited space, 1 closet and space for 1 laundry hamper that I don't want to have those dirty towels on my work clothes. Maybe someday when we move out of the city.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on August 22, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Your co-workers probably thank you for not smelling like old meat.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on August 22, 2012
at 04:05 PM

It is funny to me how many people rinse their expensive organic local meat and then pat it dry with bleached and dyed paper towels (not that you were saying that you do). I have five thousand kitchen towels and cycle through them like a crazy person. Best investment ever.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on August 22, 2012
at 05:19 PM

If only they knew!

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 22, 2012
at 03:35 PM

We use these for the baby -- http://www.cottonbabies.com/product_info.php?cPath=110&products_id=104

Have not made the switch for us. Although the flannel wipes have gotten rid of all of the baby's diaper rash, so if we had allergic reactions to TP I would definitely make the switch

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on August 22, 2012
at 03:40 PM

Yes, I think that is definitely a good call for the baby. I guess a heavy dose of vinegar in the washer kills any lingering bad bacteria from the soiled wash cloths?

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on August 22, 2012
at 04:50 PM

Sounds like a great investment. I don't know when we'll have kids, but I do know they will be in cloth diapers!

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 22, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Yeah, we use a homemade detergent for daily washes that plus HOT water kills the bacteria. Once a week we do a vinegar soak. We also use the bum genius all-in-ones so everything gets dumped into the toilet, then thrown into a bin and then into the washing machine.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on August 22, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Good call. I will probably move to this. Man, everyone thinks I am so weird already...

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 22, 2012
at 04:33 PM

ha ha, I feel the same way. When we tell people we use cloth diapers, we get the strangest looks. But they are SO easy. Probably easier than disposable because we don't have to make emergency store runs. We chose cloth diapers because of the environmental benefits, but we are now on our third child, and still using the same diapers. That $180 investment has saved us $5000 ($70/month for disposables * 24 months (until potty trained) * 3 kids).

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