As the supermarket shelves empty of toilet paper, here's one alternative

A Brisbane woman who sews at home and used a simple social media post to tentatively launch her new reuseable toilet paper venture says she has been "absolutely smashed" by the response.

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Eloise Marsh was sewing baby bibs and scrunchies in her spare room at home when the COVID-19 outbreak occurred and the supermarket run on toilet paper gathered momentum.

As the toilet paper aisles emptied, she made her first few experimental reuseable squares out of drill cotton and terry towelling, and put a post up about it on social media.

"I can't believe the demand has taken off. I'm thinking of getting Mum over to help me keep out," she said.

Handmade Australian Textiles' reuseable toilet paper is larger than a conventional paper and comes either with press studs (so it forms a roll you can hang it on the holder) or without. A roll of 20 squares is $48. Without the studs, it's $45.

To those who have had experience with reusable cloth nappies, the concept she says is quite similar. The squares are used and dropped into a bucket of water, then rewashed in the washing machine.

Ms Marsh has a one-year-old baby at home and all her spare time is now taken up with making the hand-sewn squares.

"Obviously there are people out there who go yuck, but there's also plenty of people buying it," she said.

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