Doctor Hits Out At Toilet Paper Saying It Doesn’t Actually Clean Your Behind

For as long as most of us can remember, the standard toilet practice is to do your business and then clean up using toilet paper. You chuck it in the bowl and carry on with your day. That's basically the stock standard way the majority of us were toilet trained.

But apparently, it's nowhere near as clean as we might think.

Rose George author of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters has told Tonic: "Toilet paper moves shit, but it doesn't remove it. You wouldn't shower with a dry towel; why do you think that dry toilet paper cleans you?

"I find it rather baffling that millions of people are walking around with dirty anuses while thinking they are clean."

Anyone who's travelled to parts of Europe, the Middle East and Asia will have come across a bidet in some way, shape or form. Some bathrooms have a simple jug, others will have a hose and the more special ones, usually found in Japan or South Korea, will have a bunch of settings, pressures, temperatures and smells.


To be honest, my first encounter with a bidet was a strange experience.

It's weird to have a burst of water up your bum when that sensation is usually reserved for splashbacks - which is never a nice feeling.

But apparently it does a much better job at cleaning your behind than standard toilet paper. The tricky thing with some bidets is that they take up as much room as a standard toilet (the standalone ones not connected to your toilet) so incorporating it into your life isn't as easy.

The next best step is baby wipes as they combine wipeability and wetness.

Credit: Walmart
Credit: Walmart

But if you need another reason to ditch the loo roll, it could cause urinary tract infections, puffiness, microcuts and yeast infections for women.

It seems as though some celebrities are pretty passionate about the topic as well.

Empire's Terrence Howard told Elle magazine: "If they're using dry paper, they aren't washing all of themselves. It's just unclean. So if I go in a woman's house and see the toilet paper there, I'll explain this."

While Will Smith said during a BBC 1 Radio interview: "I'm the type of person that it's important for me to share. When I experience something that's special and incredible, I like to share it with people. Anyone who's using dry toilet paper, you're really not doing yourself the true service."

There you go. Just make sure you pick up the biodegradable wipes.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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