No matter how much toilet paper you store, you will eventually run out when the SHTF. If you have toilet paper alternatives, or follow these instructions to make it yourself, you can barter with the unprepared, or fellow preppers who’ve run out, for other supplies you might need.

First, let’s talk about basic substitutes for toilet paper that require little time and can be found even in the woods.

Leaves can be used to great success, although you’ll need to make sure you’re not using anything poisonous. One of the easiest leaves to identify is the maple, and it’s also one of the largest, so it’s a great option. The same goes for moss, and handfuls of ever-green needles.

Some less desirable options from nature are hard, but can be used as effective scrapers, including smooth stones from bodies of water and river beds, pine cones, corn cobs, and firm snowballs.

It will take more time, but you can grow your own toilet paper from hemp, which also has great use as cordage and clothing fiber.

A second option that also takes time is using old rags as toilet paper, which you then wash and re-use. It can be tough keeping this method sterile, and you’ll definitely want gloves and a foolproof cleaning method.

The last, and probably most desirable option, is to make toilet paper from paper scraps you find lying around. In fact, some preppers stock up old newspapers for this exact purpose. The only paper you can’t use is made for photographs, which is essentially anything glossy.

Supplies Needed for DIY Toilet Paper:

  • Paper
  • Water
  • A Pot
  • Oil or lotion
  • Leaves and/or Grass
  • Mallet
  • Rolling Pin
  • Towel
  • Ladle

Instructions for DIY Toilet Paper

  1. Fill the pot with water and soak the paper, until most of the ink has drained out.
  2. Remove the paper, drain the inky water, and replace it with fresh water.
  3. Return the paper to the pot, with some leaves and grasses. They are meant to add fiber to the paper, you can experiment with how much fiber you prefer to add.
  4. Boil the water, ladling out the foam that forms, and adding water as necessary.
  5. After a half an hour, remove from heat and ladle out as much of the water as you can.
  6. Add a few teaspoons of oil to the paper pulp and mix.
  7. Lay out the towel in the sun, and spread the paper pulp on the towel.
  8. Use the rolling pin and mallet to shape it into a thin sheet.
  9. Allow the paper to dry, then cut or rip it into squares.

We are not going to pretend these homemade remedies will be as soft and comforting s your triple-ply, extra-soft, store bought toilet paper, but it will definitely do the job.

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