Mums are buying £25 reusable fabric toilet paper as supplies dwindle during coronavirus panic

HEAD to your local supermarket and you are likely to find empty shelves in the toilet roll aisle as shoppers stockpile amid the coronavirus panic.

And not wanting to be caught short Australian mums are snapping up reusable fabric rolls that come in at £25 a pop.

Maker Eloise Marsh posted to the For the Love of Australian Handmade Facebook group her unique solution to the toilet paper crisis gripping the nation in the wake of the spread of coronavirus.

"Introducing washable/reusable non-toilet paper!" she wrote.

"Just to get you by (you could ration your toilet paper and just use this for number ones, leaving your precious toilet paper for number twos) or you could save a bunch of money on toilet paper by using this all the time!"

Each roll is made of 12 squares of pretty printed material with a terry towelling backing that can be wound around your toilet holder.

"Each square has a plastic press stud at each end making it easy to use and easy to roll back after each wash," she explained.

The loo roll is sold on Handmade Australian Textiles and it'll set you back $50 (£25) a roll plus postage.

Eloise told Kidspot she started her small business as a "little hobby" after the birth of her child. She's had a surprising amount of interest in her non-toilet paper and she hopes it might help the environment long term.

Not surprisingly, her post attracted lots of attention.

"No different from cloth nappies. Innovative, well done," one person commented.

"I like the invention. People would buy this," wrote another.

"This is the solution," wrote another.

It comes as tens of thousands of Australians are forced into isolation over coronavirus fears, prompting many to stockpile essentials.

This article was originally published on Kidspot and has been republished with permission.

Household essentials stockpile checklist

HERE'S some of the things you're likely to need for a two-week quarantine

  • toothpaste
  • soap/ handwash
  • shower gel
  • tampons and sanitary towels
  • toilet roll
  • washing detergent
  • candles/flashlight
  • basic medicines – headaches, cold and flu, hayfever, coughs, plus any essentials you take regularly
  • batteries
  • bin bags
  • bleach, surface cleaner and other cleaning products
  • cling film and / or foil
  • nappies, baby wipes and other baby essentials

In other coronavirus news, we told you how to prepare if your kids are sent home from school because of the virus.

And all you need to combat coronavirus is a 39p bleach from Tesco.

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