How long will your supplies last? While others talk about using rags, cloth diapers, cloth feminine products, etc. in a TEOTWAWKI life, I'd rather go in the opposite direction and use more paper products at that time so I have less items to have to wash and sanitize.
I have a huge stack of paper napkins even though we always use cloth napkins. I have lots of boxes of kleenex and about 30 rolls of paper towels. I know how long paper towels last in my house. I have a roll in the laundry room and another roll in the kitchen. A roll of 80 in the kitchen will last about 3 months. The roll in the laundry room lasts 6 months at least. I rarely use them since I use lots of rags. I know if we are in a TEOTWAWKI situation I would expect to use more. I expect that I'd use a roll of paper towels in a month. That's about 3 sheets per day. That sounds about right.
Well, my expectations have been shot out the window. As I've said before daughter, son-in-law, and infant are home with us now. Since they've been here (2 1/2 weeks) we've gone through four rolls of paper towels. They use them to dry their hands, blow their nose, as napkins, wipe spills on the counter, and probably other things that I haven't witnessed. I'm not telling them to cut back because I really want to know how fast they go through things. I want to figure out other people's normal.
I thought my 30 rolls was a 2 1/2 year supply. If they keep it up it will be a four month supply. The expense isn't that great but I'm looking at other items that we use slowly and seeing how fast they go. Since I know that if things go south I'll be supplying my immediate household and several other family households who aren't wise enough to prepare. I probably have greatly underestimated how many I would use if I wasn't using the rags and cloth napkins.