How to Make Reusable Tissues

Reusable Tissues

A few weeks ago, I explained why and how my family switched to family cloth: yep, the reusable toilet paper. As detailed in that post, I have A LOT of family cloth squares. I cut approximately 200-250 7” x 7” squares. Obviously, that is a lot of squares, so I have found another purpose for a few of them: reusable tissues! They are cut from flannel; and they are soooo soft. Let me teach you how to make reusable tissues!

How to Make Reusable Tissues

So, why might one use reusable tissues? They save money. Reusable wipes save trees. They keep harmful chemicals from getting on your skin. It is so much better for the environment because the tissues are not getting thrown away and causing pollution.

How does it work?

I have an baby wipes container that I have re-purposed as a tissue box. (I sometimes use this storage method for my family cloth as well). It’s all about reducing, reusing, and recycling in our house!

Fold enough reusable tissues (aka “family cloth”) to fill that wipes container. 50-75 tissues fit in the container, but I’ve never actually counted. I mean, why would a person count them? I am definitely not that neurotic!

This is how I fold them…

…so they pop-up just like regular tissues.

I alternate layering half of one tissue on top of the pile, folding the non-stacked portion of the previous tissue on top of the newly stacked tissue, and then repeating that process, over and over again, back and forth, until I have enough wipes stacked to fit into my wipes container.

You do not need an old wipes container, however. Put the tissues in a basket. or you can use a little box. Use whatever works best for you, whatever you already have on hand! (Remember, homesteading is all about being sufficient).

What to do with them when soiled

When they are soiled, I put them in my wet/dry bag with my soiled family cloth and wash them every few days using a safe laundry detergent. Sometimes I make my own, other times I use Seventh Generation brand.

I do suggest using different prints for reusable tissues vs. family cloth. There is just something about blowing my nose on a tissue that had once wiped someone’s bum that grosses me out (even if they are thoroughly washed and dried).

Give them a try and let me know what you think!


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How to Make Reusable Tissues

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