I don’t know how it is at your house, but certain people in MY house (who shall remain nameless) are fairly obsessed with personal cleansing wipes. You know, those flushable wipes you can buy next to the toilet paper? :-) While I can understand the appeal of flushable wipes on some level, I never really caught the vision per say. And I’m happy that’s the case, because it turns out that they can actually do much more harm than good!
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. Buildups of wipes have wreaked havoc on sewer systems, caused damage to machinery, and can even back up entire systems all the way to your bathroom! Expensive plumbing and sewage repairs are a high price to pay for the convenience of flushable wipes! But luckily, there’s a simple solution to the problems presented by flushable wipes, and that’s what I’ll be sharing with you today!
I’ll be showing you how make a simple personal cleansing spray right at home. (I’ve taken to calling it a “bum spray,” but feel free to use whatever moniker works for you!) All you have to do is spray it onto normal toilet paper and wipe! With this spray, you’ll experience the same cleansing effect of a moist wipe without the pipe-clogging effects. If you are a fan of the extra freshness afforded by flushable wipes, I hope you will give this alternative a try and let me know what you think! :-)
Homemade Cleansing “Bum Spray”
- 3 ounces witch hazel
- 1 Tbsp aloe vera
- 1 Tbsp vegetable glycerin
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- Small (4-ounce) glass spray bottle
Add the witch hazel, aloe vera, vegetable glycerin, and lavender oil to your glass bottle. Screw on the top and shake gently to mix.
To use, simply spritz it onto your toilet paper, then wipe for a refreshing clean.