Wouche Away™ ~ from Eww to Ahh™
- Reduce or replace toilet paper!
- Easy, cost-effective and NOT GROSS, we promise!
- Reducing and/or replacing TP by any amount is better for you, your wallet and for the environment.
TOILET PAPER IS A WASTE!
It’s expensive for us and the environment.
- Globally we use ~10 Billion miles of TP a year.
- That’s enough to travel to the sun and back every 7 days.
- The 42 million tons of TP we use each year, requires:
- 712 million trees
- 1,165 million tons of water
Dr. E’s Path to Less Toilet Paper
When I first heard the term “reusable toilet paper” I thought it sounded like a crazy hoax! But I have autoimmune irritation (vulvodynia or provoked vestibulodynia) and have long thought TP might be making things worse. As I started to research about toilet paper, I came to learn that something we use many times every day has no real safety regulation, is associated with potential harm from chemicals and fibers left behind, and can be easily reduced or replaced in daily life. I started my journey in May 2020 (during the COVID TP shortage) and tried out many different types of dry wipes and cloth wipes to use with Wouche Away at home, to find what worked best for me. I am very squeamish about “poo” stuff so anything involving “stains” or a smelly bathroom was off-limits. I love the Eww to Ahh™ system I developed, and others have adopted it too (see Reviews) based on the freshness, odor reduction, and irritation prevention they have experienced. Now, I rarely have TP touch my parts and my life-long down-under irritation is much improved.
If you want to see for yourself, how irritating TP can be… tear your brand cross-wise in front of sunlight, and look at all the floating fibers in the air that can be left behind when you wipe! The environmental aspects are a bonus for our family too! This includes less septic system stress and less water use. And my grandkids love using the system during potty training and toddler wiping. Less irritation, more fun for everyone using our cute handmade bamboo cloth wipes with Wouche Away foam!
Adjei et al., 2019 Toxicol Rep Nov 18;6:1263-1272.
Liao and Kannan 2011 Environ Sci Technol Nov 1;45(21):9372-9.
Majerovich et al., 2010 Canadian Family Physician 31 Mar 56(4):350-352
Bruhl & Schmauz 1998 Zentralbl Hyg Umweltmed Feb;200(5-6):562-70.
Cemek et al., 2016 J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol Jun;29(3):223-7.
TP IS NOT REGULATED BY FDA!
There are few safety rules for this product that touches our private parts every day.
TP CONTAINS CHEMICALS AND FIBERS THAT IRRITATE.
Studies on TP find:
- chemicals causing “elevated cancer and non-cancer risk” associated with its use, even in recycled TP brands. Adjei et al., 2019, Liao & Kannan 2011
- contaminates that associate with high levels of irritation in girls & women. Majerovich et al, 2010, Cemek et al., 2016.
TP manufacturers don’t have to tell us how they make their paper … claiming rights to trade secrets. Majerovich et al, 2010
Using dry TP associates with up to 1/3 more below the belt itching & irritation. Bruhl & Schmauz, 1998
Using Wouche Away with reusable cloth wipes can reduce or replace TP = less cost & irritation.
Better health for your body, your budget, and our planet!
How to Wouche Away™ ~ from Eww to Ahh™
Step 1. To bidet to not to bidet?
Bidets are great! There are many different types and costs, and they can work easily with an existing toilet. Any national bathroom fixture or local plumbing company can talk you through options, even under $200. We use ours all the time! But they leave things wet for ladies, and don’t give that extra wiped clean I want.
My bidet alternative, when I have to, is to fold several sheets of TP (less than normally used) and top with 2 pumps of foam or mist Wouche Away to make a “wet wipe.” Then wipe the backside only to remove waste. I fold the tissue in half again (waste inside), top with another pump of Wouche Away and wipe front to back again. Repeat until clean, usually just a few wipes. Wouche Away is quick drying so you’ll be good to go. And you will use MUCH less TP with Wouche Away, plus feel extra clean with decreased odor.
Step 2. That Reusable Cloth TP Part.
Having removed most of the waste with a bidet or Wouche Away and TP as above, I next use my favorite cloth wipes! These are either our quick-dry bamboo core wipes with waterproof backing (super clean and no mess), or our flannel 2-ply wipes (super soft). I choose prints that don’t show stains and have washed these wipes often for over a year. Both types hold up amazingly well.
To wipe, I place 2 pumps of foaming or mist Wouche Awa on the wipe and clean everything down front to back. This delivers prebiotic, moisturizing care to my lady parts, while cleaning anything left in the back and freshening. If need be, I fold this pad in half and repeat the process once more. You can learn how to maximize each pad and stay clean. Repeat as needed. The bamboo round wipes are my favorite here.
I also wipe every time after peeing, with one wipe with Wouche Away for a hydrating freshen. The flannel wipes are my favorite for this.
We keep a stack of both the bamboo and flannel wipes with our Wouche Away at our TP replacement station in a corrugated metal baking pan (easy to clean). I like this pan, with a corrugated bottom for airflow around the pads.
We keep the Wouche Away in the refillable 16 oz mist or 8 oz foam pumps (included in two of our Starter Packs) next to the wipes, in the tray, along with a covered loaf pan with a sliding lid that we toss the used wipes into before washing. I put them in upside down. These used pads have little waste on them, the airflow dries them out in the pan, and the Wouche Away helps keep odors and bacteria in check. For two of us using the system, we wash pads every few days by just emptying the loaf pan in the washer, and wiping down the pan with disinfectant.
If at any time there is extra waste on a wipe after using, I immediately handwash waste off by rubbing the dirty sides of two wipes together under hot water and Wouche Away (love the waterproof barrier on the bamboo wipes!). Then throw them in the washing machine or let them air dry and wash later.
Limiting waste in the dirty-wipe container improves system ease and hygiene.
Other Ways for Waste Management with Wouche Away
We have added companion products we like after trying them out, to help succeed in your Wouche Away adventure. Here are some other times people Wouche Away.
When we travel, we carry the small mist and foam Wouche Away for quick cleaning and freshening from head to toe: faces, pits and on down. It helps improve cleaning with the different bad or no TP one encounters! It is also an excellent soothing, moisturizing cleanser for skin boo-boos or sunburns. We like our favorite dry organic cotton wipes for travel, which can be rinsed and reused. We also carry Mask-It bags (another product we love) that work well for dirty reusable wipes on the go. Just be sure to take them out when you get home for washing!
Baby & Toddler Care:
Parents like the larger mist bottle at home for diaper changes with regular-sized flannel wipes, and our smaller mist for on the go with our organic dry wipes (see our favorites in Companion Products). Mist baby first, then wipe with a dry wipe or reusable cloth wipe. Mist again and repeat. Many messes can be cleaned with one wipe, by folding the wipe and re-misting baby. No rinse is needed and the hydrating, prebiotic Wouche Away soothes and supports your baby’s best health. Our review pages have lots of user hints for baby care.
Nothing is more sad than trying to wipe a toddler or pre-school child with a red sore bottom. To keep them from getting a red, sore bottom foaming Wouche Away on TP helps the process be soothing and gentle, for a better clean. Our grandkids then use a bamboo wipe at the end with Wouche Away on it for the final wipes. These are easily tossed in holding containers and put in mesh bags for laundry. The kids love choosing the cute wipe prints with koalas and foxes. As grandparents, we love how wiping and bathroom time has become easier and less stressful!
Sanitary Product Care:
STOP the tampon/pad/disc wrap in the bathroom trash by providing Mask-It disposal bags. Having 5 boys on a ranch with horses, we had a lot of teenaged girls out here and I was surprised how much TP can be used to cover up tampons! The Mask-It pouch is a great discrete alternative for more sustainable period product disposal. Using Wouche Away then on a dry or reusable cloth wipe limits period odors and pH imbalance leaving ladies and girls feeling clean & fresh!
Leave No Trace Activity:
For campers, horsemen, backpackers, mountain climbers, boaters, bikers, hunters & fishermen committed to Leave No Trace (LNT)…Pack our lined quick-dry bamboo wipes and some of the large flannel wipes (4-6 of each; see our favorites in Companion Products) with travel-sized mist and foam Wouche Away, and small mesh storage bags for drying outside a saddle bag, backpack or pannier. Apply Wouche Away foam to bamboo wipes after going into a dug hole or a waste bag. Place used wipes on the ground until you are done. Finish up with clean wipes, until you are free from waste. Again, careful folding can get you several wipes from one cloth. When done scrape any waste you can from the wipes into the hole or the bag with a stick or grass/leaves. Immediately wash dirty pads in a water source with Wouche Away, using friction with dirt or vegetation to help remove waste. Wash a few times until no odor is left. Rinse and let sun dry using a mesh bag if needed. The larger flannel wipes are good for washing up everywhere else with Wouche Away from face and neck down by folding and refolding. Placing a dab of water on the wipe and topping with foam can give you a “bird-bath,” with low water use. Rinse the wipe in water and let sun dry.