At our house, certain people (who shall remain nameless) have a thing for personal cleansing wipes. Also called “flushable wipes,” you can typically find them next to the toilet paper at most grocery stores.
While I understand their appeal to some extent, I’ve always suspected that they can’t be great for anyone’s plumbing. And after doing a bit of research, it turns out my instinct was correct!
The Problem With Flushable Wipes
While these wipes technically qualify as “flushable” in the sense that it is possible to flush them, most types of wipes don’t break down readily in sewers. Blockages created or worsened by wipes have wreaked havoc on pipes, damaged machinery, and even backed up entire sewage systems!
These types of problems are a high price to pay for the convenience of flushable wipes! But luckily, there’s a simple way to enjoy the cleansing effect of a wet wipe without contributing to clogs, blockages, and other sewage problems. And that’s what I’ll be sharing with you today! :-)
A Better Alternative: Make Your Own “Bum Spray!”
I came up with an alternative to flushable wipes that works brilliantly. You simply spritz an all-natural, cleansing “bum spray” (which I’ll show you how to make below) onto normal toilet paper, and you’ve got a cleansing “wipe” that’s truly flushable!
This alternative provides the same cleansing effect of a wet wipe without the clogged pipes. And as far as our household goes, the pro-wipes crowd hasn’t minded the swap one bit! :-)
If you or someone you live with is fond of flushable wipes, I hope you’ll give this alternative a try and let me know what you think!
How To Make A DIY Cleansing Bum Spray
- 3 ounces witch hazel
- 1 Tbsp aloe vera gel
- 1 Tbsp vegetable glycerin
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- Small (4-ounce) glass spray bottle
Add the witch hazel, aloe vera gel, vegetable glycerin, and lavender oil to a small glass spray bottle. Screw on the spray top then shake to mix.
To use, simply spritz it onto your toilet paper, then wipe for a refreshing clean!