Learn how to use toilet paper alternatives at home when you can’t find TP in the store.
Looking for toilet paper alternatives because you can’t find any at the store?
I get it.
During times of uncertainty, a lot of daily essentials can suddenly become unavailable and we have to learn to make do.
If you find yourself in that situation, here are some helpful ideas to get you through going to the bathroom.
Please note that this article is for entertainment purposes only. You will need to judge for yourself if these are appropriate alternatives for your situation and how to use each alternative safely for you and your household.
Remember that you can’t flush everything down the toilet. And, if you choose to dispose of your toilet paper alternative in the garbage you’ll need to take extra precautionary measures when dealing with biohazardous waste. Please seek out advice from a professional.
9 Toilet Paper Alternatives You Likely Already Have At Home
1. Facial Tissue
Facial tissue is arguably the closest relative to toilet paper. And, with it being soft enough to use on your face, it’s soft enough to use on your bum.
Just remember, you might not be able to safely flush it down the toilet.
2. Flushable Wipes
Flushable wipes are refreshing and convenient and sold in a lot of supermarkets.
If you go this route be sure to read and follow the label. I know the flushable wipes I’ve used before have stated you can’t flush more than one wipe down the toilet at a time.
And, if you’re worried about pipe blockage, you can always dispose of the wipes in the garbage.
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3. Baby Wipes
I don’t think I need to tell you how a baby wipe works! Haha!
These make a great alternative to toilet paper. But just remember, they shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet.
4. Paper Towel
Paper towel is a great substitute for toilet paper.
While it’s made to be tougher for household use, it can come in handy in a pinch. Again, it’s not likely safe to flush down the toilet, so you’ll need to safely dispose in another way.
Pro tip: to make the paper towel a little less scratchy, you can pull apart the sheet and use a single ply for wiping.
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If your toilet paper options are getting sparse, try napkins. You can use any regular kind of paper napkin for doing your business.
Don’t flush down the toilet and do pull apart plush, 2 – 3 ply napkins to stretch supplies and make wiping up more comfortable.
6. Peri Bottle
Did you use a peri bottle after giving birth? It can be a great way to DIY a bidet if you don’t have toilet paper.
You can use an actual peri bottle or fashion one out of a water bottle with a squirt lid.
Or, you can fork out the $60 and get an actual handheld bidet. I got one from Costco a year ago and love it.
You can use newspaper to wipe up in the bathroom if you’re in a pinch. Just know you’ll need to look for the matte kind (not shiny magazine-like pages).
You might also want to scrunch and un-scrunch the newsprint a few times to help soften the pages.
Again, not flushable.
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8. Book Pages
Book pages as a toilet paper alternative aren’t a cheap substitute (books are pricey!). But it can work if you don’t have anything else.
If you go this route, you’ll want to raid your house for books printed on soft paper and books you won’t miss if you tear them apart.
This goes without saying but, books can’t be flushed.
If you’re really desperate for something to wipe with, you can use clean rags.
You might already have some or you could cut up old clothing or linens. Some people do choose to wash and reuse rags for wiping, but that’s a call you’ll need to make yourself. Be sure to consider sanitization, etc.
All I know is you can’t flush rags down the toilet!
Toilet Paper Substitutions
Don’t freak out if you can’t find toilet paper! While you wait for stores to restock, you can get creative and use some of the TP substitutes we’ve listed above.
Do keep your health and safety and household sanitation top of mind.
Have you ever had to use toilet paper alternatives? What did you do? Let us know in the comments below.