Why We Have Stopped Using Toilet Paper

Today I’m interviewing  Helen Rankin, the founder of *Cheeky Wipes. The company designs, markets and sells the world’s first natural, cloth baby wipes “all-in-one” system for both cloth and disposable nappy users.


‘with more than 15,000 happy customers, Cheeky Wipes has saved more than 216 million wipes being flushed down the toilet or going to landfill, in the last four years alone – and that’s a conservative estimate!’ – Helen


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Before we begin please can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your family?


I’m Helen, Founder of Cheeky Wipes and Mum to Archie, 14, Felix, 11, Jennie, 10 & Aerin, 8. I launched Cheeky Wipes 10 years ago in October 2007, when I was 37 weeks pregnant with Jennie.  The reason I created Cheeky Wipes in the first place is that I suffer from eczema and when my eldest son was born, my eczema was really bad on my hands, and any disposable wipes I tried really hurt my hands. 


The wipes started as just baby wipes initially but we found that people were interested in using them as toilet paper alternatives.  After some hesitation, I tried it myself and lo, our toilet paper alternative kit was born.

We’ve spread our wings over the years and over the last 3 years have introduced  Cloth Sanitary Pads which are hugely popular, reusable make-up removing pads and  period pants.  We’ve also just introduced a ‘Welcome to your period’ first period starter kit as we believe this exciting change should be a cause for celebration, not embarrassment

How Did You Get Started with Going Toilet Paper Free?


The idea had been introduced to me at a Baby Show by a customer who didn’t want them for herself but had been thinking of going ‘toilet paper free’. I was intrigued by the idea and thought it over for a while, before, quite randomly one Friday night, just starting to use my wipes as bum wipes for all the family. I haven’t looked back!


Where Do You Store Them After Use but Before Washing?


I started out storing mine in a Cheeky Wipes Mucky Box, but with 4 kids it was getting full too quickly, so we now store them in a nappy bin which works fine for us.


Do the Wipes Smell When Being Stored?


No, not at all. The tea tree oil helps mask any smell.


How Do You Clean the Wipes?


I wash them in the longest cotton wash that my machine does. It’s a Samsung ecobubble though which weighs the weight of laundry, so it’s never much more than a 90 minute wash, even if I throw in some towels.   I also use a bio washing liquid because in all honesty I did try the more eco options and they just didn’t work getting my clothes clean.  Then my Mum bought some Daz and I realised what washing powder was actually supposed to do!  But just use whatever washing method you prefer.

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Do You Have To Use an Extra Hot Wash?


I wash at 40c for environmental purposes, but use a capful of Dettol anti bacterial laundry liquid, so that they come out hygienically clean.


Don’t the Wipes Get Stained?

Not really. Occasionally there’s the odd which someone has wiped and then folded with and it stays closed in the wash, but I just chuck it in the wash again if that’s the case.  


How Much Extra Washing Does it Make? 


The wipes don’t have to be washed separately (although some people are poo squeamish and prefer to wash separately). But I tend to chuck mine in with towels or bedding. If you assume that you get through one pack of wipes (25) which weigh 250g and wash them every other day, as part of a 7kg washload, that actually only adds up to 6 extra loads of washing over a year!

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Does Each Family Member Have Their Own Wipes?


No! I could see that some people might prefer that, but we just chuck them all in together.  Keep it simple!


Do You Have Separate Wipes for number 1’s and number 2’s?


No. Again, I like to keep life simple. 4 kids and a business means I haven’t got time to separate out wipes.


What Do You Do When You Have Guests Over?


We have toilet roll, although close friends who are also toilet paper free have been known to use our wipes!


Do You Use The Wipes When You’re Out?


No. I did when the kids were little and we were using them as baby wipes.  Although I keep a stash dry in the car for emergencies!

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What are the Wipes Made Of?


They’re available in a *few different fabrics, but my preference is cotton flannel. The reason for this is that they are our thinnest and largest wipe, and are also very soft. I’ve tried all of our wipes for bum wiping and these are my favourite.

Can You Give Us 3 Reasons Why We Should Consider Making the Switch to going Toilet Paper Free?

I’ll give you 4!

1. Obviously it’s more eco-friendly, no mass ongoing production and consumption of toilet paper. No contributing to fatbergs from so called ‘flushable’wipes.

2. They are SO much nicer to use. They leave you feeling fresh and clean and (apologies, TMI) no little bits of toilet paper left behind in your lady bits or hairy man bums.

3. You’ll save money. The kit will pay for itself and can continue to be reused again and again.

4. You’ll never run out of something to wipe your bum with and have to run to the corner shop late at night!


Where Can I Buy Reusable Toilet Paper?


You can buy reusable toilet paper kits on the *Cheeky Wipes website.


“By making families aware of that fact that they have a choice when it comes to wiping their bottoms, we can enable them to have happier, healthier bottoms and make the planet healthier and happier as well.” – Helen


and lastly what is your top tip for anyone wanting to ditch the toilet paper?


Just do it. I hesitated and it was one of the best eco swaps I’ve made.

As well as reusable toilet paper Cheeky Wipes also have a range of…


  • reusable baby wipes
  • reusable makeups wipes
  • reusable period wear.


Take a look at the full range on the *Cheek Wipes website today!

So what about you? Would you consider giving up toilet paper in favour of a more sustainable alternative? 

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About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

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What Will Your Environmental Pledge for 2019 Be?

Forget New Year’s resolutions, in 2019 it’s all about environmental pledges. So the question is what is your environmental pledge for 2019?

Why Make an Environmental Pledge for 2019?

Unless you’ve been on a deserted island for the whole of 2018 you will of heard something about the climate crisis that we currently find ourselves in. Whether that be a news report or a documentary about how we’re literally drowning in plastic.

In case you have been on that deserted island here’s a quick recap of the year…

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“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jade Goodall

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Environmental Pledge Ideas for You

Below are some environmental pledge ideas to get you started. I’ve broken them down into different sections depending on where you are in your sustainable lifestyle journey.

Not sure whether you’re an eco fledgling, eco middling or an eco-warrior? Take my quick quiz to find out.

Eco Fledgling 

Complete a waste audit for your home

Reduce what you buy – Choose quality over quantity

Say no to junk mail

Give up bottled water

Switch to a bamboo toothbrush

Turn off lights when you’re not in the room

Say no to plastic bags

Always remember your reusable shopping bags

Start recycling

Switch to reusable baking mats

Do a regular litter pick

Switch to paperless bills/statements

Always remember your reusable coffee mug when you go out

Use a reusable water bottle

Turn off the water whilst you’re brushing your teeth

Turn your thermostat down

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Eco Middling 

Install low energy light bulbs throughout your house

Have one ‘meat free’ day a week

Buy local food

Switch to eco & zero waste treats for your dog

Reduce your food waste

Make your own cleaning supplies

Air dry your clothes

Switch to reusable food storage containers

Don’t leave appliances on standby

Switch to beeswax wraps instead of using cling film

Take public transport at least once a week

Switch to a water flosser

Take reusable cutlery out with you

Switch to a reusable safety razor

Rent items from your neighbours rather than buying new

Switch to reusable makeup wipes

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Eco Warrior

Switch to green power for your home

Say no to plastic packaging

Downsize your home 

Plant a veg garden

Grow your own herbs

Plant a tree

Start your own composting system

Start making eco bricks

Switch to an alum stone

Make your own zero waste toothpaste

Don’t buy anything new for a year

Repair or upcycle worn out items in your home

Insulate your home properly

Get double glazing

Switch to reusable nappies & baby wipes 

Walk any journey that is 30 minutes or less

Make your next car an electric car

Give up your car

Switch to a low flow shower head

Recycle everything that can be recycled

Offset your carbon footprint

Have solar panels installed on your home

Switch to reusable menstrual products

Install a bidet attachment on your toilet

Give up loo roll

What do you think? Do any of those take your fancy?

Is there something that you think should be added to the list? If so leave your idea in the comments section below.

And don’t forget…

“The people who make the biggest difference are the ones who do the little things consistently.”

Are you wanting to live a more sustainable lifestyle in 2019? Have you made an environmental pledge yet? Click the image for inspiration & ideas from easy to hard pledges. #sustainablelifestyle #ecoliving
What is your environmental pledge for 2019? Need inspiration? Click the image for ideas #ecoliving #sustainablelifestyle

About Gina Caro

Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life.  Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog. 

Georgina Caro Gypsy Soul

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