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1/8/12 4:04 P

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Like Coach Nicole, I re-use household items that are past their prime. I am not a seamstress, so I just cut up old flannel shirts or stained cotton shirts (got LOTS of those with 4 kids) into the appropriate-sized squares. There is an added bonus that they are a lot easier on our tender noses, too.


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11/15/11 3:12 P

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"I use handkerchiefs and bananas as well. There are mail order places to by bananas by the dozen, and Vermont Country Store (to name one) sells both men's and woman's handkerchiefs."


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11/14/11 10:16 A

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I made my own washable cloth tissues out of an old bedsheet. They're thin and super soft and I cut them into 6 x 6" squares and surged (sp?) the edges. I've been using them for years now and I will NEVER go back to paper tissues. I keep them in a drawer in the bathroom, and just throw them into the laundry once they've been used. I don't re-use a single tissue over and over--just once each, so I don't find it to be gross at all. It's just snot. ;-)

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11/8/11 11:26 P

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I use bandanas. Unless i have something potentially catching, then I use high post consumer content.... Loo paper!

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11/6/11 7:54 A

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Buy or make some hankies! I actually collect them. More beacuse I have allergy eyes, and dabbing under my eyes with a paper tissue gives me raw spots, however my grandmother has given me many of her cotton hankies. They are very soft. I also go to thrift stores and antique store and buy pretty ones. I look for cotton or linen ones, with only a little embrodery or prints on them. Make sure you don't buy any stained ones. There are tons out there so it is not nessacary. You can find lots of new ones in the box, at antique stores but one that have been used, are softer, and can be purchased for about a quarter. I always handwash mine, but you could machine wash them. Mine get lost in the big wash if I do though.



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3/29/11 3:25 P

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I like the idea of a flannel hanky. i have allergies get sick often and constant nose blowing becomes very painful with a cloth hanky. i tend to buy paper tissue with lotion to avoid that pain. but flannel, that seems soft enough.

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1/28/10 3:15 P

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I came back, because I wanted to boost what Lynn said... I think there are some environmental things that not all of us want to or can do "all the way", but in many cases, there's a good alternative that's also valid. My mom grew up in great poverty, and she remembers having to do laundry by hand... the hankies were the worst, and she can't/won't use them. But post consumer content recycled kleenex are a great alternative. (They're also great to send to school.) I tried family cloth, and it gave *me* the heebie jeebies. We just go with recycled content toilet paper instead. :-)

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1/26/10 6:35 P

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I made some great hankies out of flannel fabric. They are very soft and absorbent.

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1/26/10 10:56 A

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I use handkerchiefs and bananas as well. There are mail order places to by bananas by the dozen, and Vermont Country Store (to name one) sells both men's and woman's handkerchiefs.

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1/25/10 4:29 P

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I cannot get over my heebie jeebies of handkerchiefs, but feel so guilty about all of the kleenex.

I'm using Marcal Small Steps tissues right now. They're made from recycled paper.

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1/25/10 3:46 P

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Bandanas are just large handkerchiefs. We have a drawer full of hankies and bandanas.

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1/25/10 3:16 P

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Like a handkerchief? They should still sell these in at least some department stores.

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1/25/10 3:12 P

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Can anyone recommend a soft cloth product to replace paper tissues?

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