Are you tired of stockpiling rolls and rolls of toilet paper? Do you want a more sustainable, eco-friendly alternative? Well, Tara Dodrill has got you covered! In her insightful blog post on Ares and Athena, Tara introduces us to the concept of growing our own toilet paper using plants. Yes, you read that right—plants!
Why You Should Consider Growing Your Own Toilet Paper
- Sustainability: No more hoarding rolls of toilet paper.
- Cost-Effective: Save money in the long run.
- Space-Saving: Plants take up less storage space.
Plants That Can Replace Toilet Paper
Tara lists seven plants that can be used as natural toilet paper alternatives:
- Mullein: Soft and velvety leaves, grows abundantly in dry soil.
- Lamb’s Ear: Extremely soft and broad leaves.
- Blue Spur Flower: Grows in hot or tropical regions, leaves are broad and soft.
- Corn Lily: Sturdy leaves, grows freely in the western United States.
- Thimbleberry: Sturdy and broad leaves, also offers delicious berries.
- Pink Wild Pear: Thick and soft leaves, grows in agricultural zone one or indoors.
- Large Leaf Aster: Soft heart-shaped leaves, common in most areas of the United States.
Beware of Toxic Plants
- ❌ Poison Ivy
- ❌ Poison Oak
- ❌ Poison Sumac
- Preservation: Dry the leaves for year-round use.
- Allergic Reactions: Always test a small amount of the plant on your skin first.
- First Aid: Keep Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream handy for any allergic reactions.
Why This Matters
In a post-disaster scenario, taking care of basic needs like toilet paper can become a significant issue. Tara emphasizes the importance of being prepared for such situations. She also provides valuable tips on preserving these plants for future use.
About the Author
Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows and has published a book on surviving power grid failures.
So, what are you waiting for? Start planting these toilet paper alternatives today and make your homestead more sustainable and prepared for any situation! 🌱