How to: Make "Toilet" Paper w/ The Urban-Aboriginal

Category: Fire / Difficulty Level: 1
Posted: 2020-04-12 00:00:00
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In this video I show how to make paper from a hard material such as cardboard that could be used in place of commercially made toilet paper. Newspaper could be used, but be careful as the ink can stain your tools and materials. Also, using this method does not produce as soft of a finished product as re-used cardboard does.

The steps are:

  • Shred/cut up the material in this case cardboard
  • Let the bits soak preferably over night.
  • Boil the bits of shredded material from 30mins to 1hour then
  • Place in a blender and puree until, pulply. (primitively the material would have to be pounded to a "pulp" )
  • Then spread out on material, laid flat as possible and allowed to dry (In this video I am using a crafting deckle, basically a wooden frame with a screen mesh attached to make uniform: shapes of paper material.)
  • Next I use an iron without the steam setting on to steam out most of the moisture, and then a blow dryer to speed the drying process along.

Here is where to get the deckle kit in this video:

Here is a video of a paper maker using natural materials:

Here is a video of a Japanese paper maker using rice straw:

Instead of toilet paper you can use:

  • Leaves, grasses
  • mullien (Verbascum t.) is a great source
  • Cloth
  • Sponge
  • Install a bidet on to your toilet seat:

Here is the steps to make actual toilet paper...

Toilet Paper Making Proces (Commercial)

  • Trees are debarked and chipped into small pieces.
  • The wood chips are mixed with water and chemicals to make slurry.
  • The slurry is sent to a pressure cooker called a digester.
  • The slurry is cooked, evaporating the moisture leaving a batch of virgin cellulose fibers called pulp.
  • The pulp is washed to remove the lignin which is the yellow adhesive that binds fibers together and cooking chemicals.
  • The virgin fiber pulp goes through a bleaching process to remove color from the fiber.
  • The pulp is mixed with water to produce paper stock containing 99.5% water and 0.5% fiber.
  • The paper stock is sprayed between moving mesh screens, which allow much of the water to drain.
  • A wide sheet of matted fiber is sent through a large heated cylinder called a Yankee Dryer.
  • The toilet paper is pressed and dried to a final moisture content of about 5%.
  • The paper is creped to make it soft and wrinkled.
  • During creping (scraped), the paper is scraped off the Yankee Dryer with a metal blade to make large wide sheets.
  • The sheets a wound into large rolls and sent to converting machines.
  • The toilet paper is unwound, slit and rewound onto long thin cardboard tubing, making a paper log.
  • The paper logs are then cut into rolls and wrapped in packages.

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