What did people use before there was toilet paper?

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What did people use before there was toilet paper?

There are still many people in the world who do not have access to nice soft toilet paper or any toilet paper at all for that matter. Don’t forget some people don’t even have toilets either. Some even consider the use of toilet paper very odd and wasteful. But what have people used as an alternative to toilet paper through the ages? Paper wasn’t invented for much of human history and even after it was invented it was a precious commodity that the common folk could not get. Water was one standard that was used as an alternative to toilet paper. Whether it was a stick with a sponge on the end that was soaked in water or the local river or lake or even the bidet which now sits unused in many homes, water is a basic tool available to many people. Some people have used old rags as toilet paper that get discarded or washed and reused over and over again, much like a cloth diaper for babies. Leaves are easily accessible in some places and they are definitely biodegradable. Things like corn cobs have been used and even scrapers and sticks to remove the stickier messes. Fraying rope is used over and over and rinsed off with water. Old catalogs and newspapers are another source of toilet paper substitutes although that is technically paper, just not the soft stuff we have now on rolls. That didn’t come around until much later. Even now in some modern cultures, toilet paper is not even used. Whatever is used or was used as toilet paper or as a substitute for toilet paper served its purpose. When you have to go, you have to go and you make do with whatever is available. We humans can adapt to what we need to, even if it means an alternative use to toilet paper. Mama Nono

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