I have always used cloth hankies. Definitely less sore making than tissues. The other thing I've noticed is that tissues can be dusty and that makes me sneeze - none of that with hankies and they don't fall apart after two blows.
I didn't use washable nappies and don't use washable sanpro products - and am now menopausal, so not going to change my ways - but have ALWAYS used cotton hankies. I have loads. They are definitely gentler on the nose. They go in the laundry basket and get washed on a hot sheets/towels wash.
I use cloths instead of kitchen roll now. The only thing I use kitchen roll for is emptying the sink strainer thingy. I put the used ones in a wetbag and when it is full I tip it into the washing machine.
Don't they fester? I use washable wipe-up cloths, and get a fresh one out every day or two. I let the previous ones dry before putting them into a clean, dry bucket to await a full towels load so that i can wash thrm on a much hotter cycle than I wash the rest of the laundry. If they aren't completely dry, and even worse if I put them damp in the dry bucket, they fester and stink of mildew.
I don't find that they go smelly at all. I have heaps of the cloths and put them in the bag damp, but not sopping wet. I find I can leave them for a lot longer than I would nappies, for example. I put normal tea towels in my laundry basket and just use the wet bag for the cotton cloths I use for wiping and cleaning in the kitchen.
I use cotton hankies (and homemade sanpro) The hankies just go through the wash with everything else, but I do iron them, because my Mum told me it kills the germs and makes them softer.
Seems to work and stops your nose getting so sore, some of my hankies were bought from Bonds in Norwich in 1988 and still going strong . They used to have some lovely displays with all the hankies fanned out and lovely colours <wistful>
My mum told me the same , Schroeder. They're right, ironing dies make clothes softer (you don't starch your hankies, I presume ), and it makes sense that pushing steam at 100+ degrees would sterilise them. I always ironed cotton hankies and bandanas when I used them as bibs on my dribbleytap dd.
Hmm, I think I may try using cotton hankies regularly. They will at least prevent the tissues-in-the-laundry scenario!