If Toilet paper wasn’t invented until the 19th century, how did people clean up after themselves after using the toilet?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 03, 2020 12:18 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 03, 2020 12:18 PM

There were countless ways, and it could also be culture or region and social dependent. One of the basic way: water and bath. Poor people usually in many places what could be done with or what object was in their hands or what kind of things people brought with to the toilet. So with some unnesesary items: ​​for example rags (especially water rags), plants, seashells, snow, sand, stuff like that. Wealthy people often used wool, lace or hemp. But eg. in Ancient Rome, a salty sponge was popular that was put on a stick next to the toilet (virtually the predecessor of the toilet brush). Roman sponges sound good, but the problem was that they were used several times and that they were used one after another. Needless to say, there was nothing hygienic, in fact, much worse than wiping it with some plants that was then thrown away. The Chinese tried to use toilet paper even before the 19th century, but it was not common and was not accessible to everyone. But by the way, other possibility for example people were not wiping their butt, but rather rinsing it and then pouring the faecal water. There were countless ways and they found it. In fact, it was harder, but it was solved. They survived because if they hadn’t survived we wouldn’t be here right now. People wasn’t stupid nack then.

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