A personal cloth is a fancy way of saying emergency TP. If we ever run out of toilet paper, we will use these instead. They are cut out of super soft t-shirt material and would be used in place of toilet paper. I always keep a big supply of toilet paper on hand but if we should get snowed in or some other emergency should happen, I like having other options. And for those of you saying "gross" or what have you, it is no different to me than having to wash out a cloth diaper which I have done many times.
|A t-shirt given to us by a friend. Their child had outgrown it and it did not fit anyone in our household either.|
The "sneeze rags" we have been using exclusively in our home for over a year. I just fill up a coffee can with them and if you need one, you use it and when you are done, put it into the dirty clothes hamper. Again, no different than washing a hankie. :-)
When it comes to making these, the older and more worn the t-shirt, the better and softer it is. I start off by cutting off the neck area of the t-shirt and the sleeves.
|Remove the neck area and the sleeves.|
Next, cut a strip of fabric that is about the same size as a normal tissue. Sometimes I make them a bit longer and sometimes I cut them square like a handkerchief. Just cut them as you like. Be sure to cut off the hems and any rough area.
|One of the sneeze rags.|
I usually cut up the front of the t-shirt and use them for sneeze rags and I cut up the back of the t-shirts for personal cloths. The personal cloths I cut up a bit larger. Generally I cut the personal cloths about the width of a wash cloth and about 12" long.
|One of our personal cloths.|
From a youth large t-shirt I generally can make 5 personal cloths and 6 sneeze rags. I just cut them up as I watch a movie or in between doing stuff on FB or online. I store the sneeze rags in a large coffee can in each bedroom and in the living room and the personal cloths I store in large coffee cans and keep them under the sink in each bathroom.