PEOPLE panic buying toilet roll has caused a great deal of concern and frustration amid the coronavirus outbreak.

If you find supermarket shelves empty or are self isolating, here are three alternatives to see you through.

Washable wipes

Eco-friendly companies like Cheeky Wipes and Little Lamb offer reusable wipes that are usually made of cotton or, even better, bamboo, which is naturally antibacterial.

You will need to do a little prep – including storing the wipes in a sealable container (sometimes included in the kits). You will need to add enough water to make them damp and you can also put in a few drops of essential oil.

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You will also need a container for the used wipes before popping them in the washing machine. If you want to make the job a bit less icky you can bung the wipes in a washable mesh bag so you do not have to touch again until they are clean.

If you buy a ' kit' all the bits you need and the information is provided.

DIY wipes

Sheets, old T-shirts, or any sort of soft absorbent cloth that’s not being used anymore can be converted into wipes.

Run the material through the wash on a hot cycle to make sure the cloth is clean and pre-shrunk.

Measure and cut into a uniform size. You can use, store and wash them in a similar way to the above. Alternatively you can throw them away but that would create a lot of waste – and you will soon run out of material.

Instant bidet

Impress Crocodile Dundee with a bidet bowl. This portable tray fits in the toilet bowl for the hygienic convenience of a bidet without the expense. Simply pour in warm water, pop the soap in the holder provided and it's ready. Who needs bog roll?

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Alternatively Tonelife offers a travel bidet which is sort of like a toilet water pistol and can easily fit in a handbag. Fill with cold or warm water, screw the cap on, then point the nozzle you know where and squeeze.