Meet the people who live toilet paper-free

The reusable-TP movement maybe isn't as gross as it sounds

Published January 28, 2014 8:58PM (EST)

   (Ronald Caswell/Shutterstock)
(Ronald Caswell/Shutterstock)

There's living a green lifestyle, and then there's making your own reusable toilet paper. Like reusable paper towels, but for your butt. In one of its more unusual segments, HuffPost Live gathered three women who have written publicly -- herehere and here -- about making the big switch and grilled them about their alternative bathroom habits.

Host Caitlyn Becker has a really, really hard time wrapping her mind around it all. Her first question for the panelists: "Wh-wh-why?" With much patience and restraint, they walk her through the basics: What are the logistics? How does it work? How do they clean it? What about the smell? Do they force their guests to use rags, too?

Their answers are thoughtful, reasonable and in some ways convincing enough to make you at least consider the benefits -- environmental and otherwise -- of ditching the TP. "We aren't perfect," one says -- we just wipe with flannel. Which, come to think of it, doesn't sound so bad.

Watch the entire discussion below:

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