Toilet Paper And Other Useful Paper Recycling Tips

OK  as always looking at ways to save some money and help the the planet and health toilet paper is one area we can achieve all with equal positive results.

I have not purchased toilet paper for many years and save at least £200 per year on average using old newspapers for various tasks

Also recycling old discarded newspapers is one way to wipe the smile off the toilet roll manufacturers face.

We have an advantage over those that work. Time to be self sufficient to a point.

So with our spare time if we took some effort we can manufacture a months worth of supply with a few hours work

Paper in, Toilet roll out

You could always purchase this but as the article states,

The downside, the monstrous super-machine weighs 1,300 pounds, stands 6 feet tall, and costs a whopping $100,000. To pay for itself, the machine would need to produce 200,000 rolls of toilet paper, which would require it to run continuously for 11 years.

DIY Bidets

Of course you can bypass all that altogether if you are happy using your hand and then a wash basin and plain water to finish and towel dry.  it is not as bad as it sounds and practised by many cultures and far more hygienic and less of a risk of allergic reactions to the bleaches and whatever else they put in toilet roll.

Basically your using a wash basin as a DIY bidet.

And you always wash your hands which you might neglect do with toilet paper.

If you fell on some poo outside would wiping it with toilet paper be enough or would you head to the nearest wash basin ?

You could use newspaper as is without recycling but why not use some time to make our own bespoke rolls manufactured to our own specification in width and thickness.

You can use it in place of a towel if going down the DIY bidet approach.

And overall in terms of hygiene and health that is your best  choice.


I have a bus stop facing me where the bus terminates for 5-10 mins I pop over and grab a handful of unused metros every now and again near the end of the shift when they will be replaced the following day.

Bus drivers are always happy to oblige and never question why but if they did there is long list of suggestions later other than toilet paper you can use as an explanation.

Also estate agents and other type of business have a supply of them outside normally.

Many places and sources to get them just avoid magazines and staples.

Rather than me explain the process how to make recycled paper  here is some links to various methods.

Simple enough and if you need any thing second hand stores or charity shops tend to have most things.

Happy wiping !

The next article will concentrate on  dead hedgehogs, from hair brushes to toothpicks and a meal they surely are useful but sadly in decline.

(Not sure why I keep picking on hedgehogs)

Amongst other things you can use those old newspapers for is

1. Cleaning windows

Using an old newspaper to clean windows works better than a cloth for preventing streaks. For even better results, use a vinegar-and-water solution instead of a chemical cleaner.

2. Shelf lining

Reuse old papers to line your cabinet, dresser, pantry or bathroom shelves. They’re cheaper than shop-bought shelf liners, and they’re easy to put in and replace.

3. Cat litter box liners

Place sheets of paper in the bottom of your cat’s box, under the litter. You’ll save on litter, and any odours and wetness will be absorbed.

4. Barbecue cleaner

Turn off the barbecue and allow it to cool a little. Soak newspaper in water, lay the sheets over the warm barbecue grill, close the lid and leave for approximately an hour. Then simply remove the paper and wipe the grill clean.

5. Packing material

Newspaper is a great substitute for bubble wrap. To pack a box with fragile contents, first wrap the items individually. Place them in the box, separated by crumpled paper. Then fill any remaining space with crumpled paper. If you have a lot of old paper, use a paper shredder to make piles of great packaging material. Whoever receives your gift can avoid adding to the world’s waste and put your papery packaging straight in their home recycling bin.

6. Weed killer

If weeds are a problem in your garden, cover the flower beds with newspaper and soak them with water. Then cover the paper with compost or mulch. Eventually the paper will smother the weeds, and the organic matter will help your garden flourish.

7. Papier mache

Keep your kids entertained with this fun craft activity. With just newspaper and glue you can make whatever you can think of.

8. Fire starter

Fed up of old news? Use crumpled up bits of old newspaper to start a bonfire, charcoal grill or camp fire.

9. Shape keeper

Ensure that your shoes and bags maintain their shape by stuffing them with crumpled newspaper after use.

10. Fruit and vegetable drawer liner

Place sheets of newspaper at the bottom of the fruit and vegetable drawer in your fridge. They will absorb any mess from rotten produce, and will also keep the drawer free from odours.

11. Ripen tomatoes

Wrap green tomatoes in sheets of old newsprint, layer them in a box and put a lid on top – they will eventually ripen up to a lovely red colour.

12. Stain protection

When using stain-prone products such as paint or shoe polish, place newspaper down before you start, to prevent soiling your carpet or furniture.

13. Car floor covers

Lay folded newspaper on the floor of your vehicle – it will absorb water and help keep dirt off the carpet.

14. Fireplace logs

Roll up newspapers and tie them tightly with string to make makeshift logs. You can then use them in your fireplace, saving on wood.

15. Camping aid

Put several sheets of newspaper underneath your sleeping bag when you go camping. This will keep your bag dry, free from dirt and grass stains, and will provide a warm padding.

16. Table padding

Lay newspaper underneath a table cloth on your kitchen or dining room table. It’s an excellent replacement for expensive padding, and will help protect your table from spills and other damage.

17. Shoe and boot mat

Place a folded-up newspaper beside the door and keep wet and muddy footwear on it to prevent staining the carpet.

18. Shoe deodoriser

Crumple up balls of newspaper and stuff them into smelly shoes. Leave overnight and discard – and any odours will have disappeared.

19. Gift wrapping

No time to pop to Paperchase? Wrap birthday gifts with old newspaper. If you have time, you can even cut thin strips to make a decorative bow to top it all off.

20. Book covers

Newspaper works just as well as shop-bought covers for scrapbook or exercise books. To tell the books apart once they’re covered, use a section of the paper that mirrors the subject of the book.

21. Cheap rags

Replace rags with old newspaper when cleaning paint brushes, removing oil stains and mopping up petrol spills.

22. Storing fruit

Wrapping apples in old newspaper somewhere dry will keep them from rotting.

23. Draught proofing

Use folded up newspaper to plug any gaps in your windows or doors and cut your heating bills.

24. Windscreen cover

Reuse newspaper in the cold — lay it across your car windscreen during winter to protect it from frost.

25. Carpet underlining

If you have a foam-backed carpet, lay newspaper down on the floor underneath it. This will help protect the carpet, and will stop it sliding.

26. Protect outdoor plants

If a cold snap is coming, cover outdoor plants with sheets of newspaper, and secure them to plant stems with clothes pins. This only works if the weather is dry.

27. Clearing up broken glass

First, pick up and dispose of the larger pieces wrapped in old newspaper. Then carefully blot the surrounding area with a few sheets of wet newspaper – the shards of glass will stick to the damp wad of paper.

28. Seedling pot

Layer several sheets of paper on top of each other and shape them into a makeshift container for germinating seedlings.

29. Oven cleaner

Don’t waste paper towels on cleaning up any residue in your oven – mop it up with a few sheets of moistened, crumpled newspaper.

30. Unscrewing a broken light bulb

Reuse a wad of old newspaper to unscrew a hot light bulb and prevent burning your fingers.

31. Compost material

Add moderate amounts of wet, shredded newspaper to your compost heap and give earthworms a tasty treat.

32. Insect traps

If your garden is under siege from earwigs, dispose of them by making your own environmentally-friendly traps. Simply roll up a wet newspaper, tie it with a rubber band, and leave in the infested area overnight. By morning the bugs will have gone.

33. Car wheel traction

Keep a stack of newspapers in the boot of your car during the winter months to prevent getting stuck on a patch of ice or slush. Placing a wad under each rear wheel will help get your car back on the road.

34. Removing musty odours

Crumple newspaper — or any other kind of old paper — and place in a suitcase for a couple of weeks to remove stale smells.