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You Really Don’t Need Toilet Paper in Toilets

There is one way which is more hygienic than using toilet paper for you to clean yourself in toilets. It is a lot simpler too!

You may have heard some people said that they could not live without toilet paper (or some people call it “toilet rolls”).

Do you believe me if I say that we don’t need toilet paper at all in toilets?

You may find it very difficult to believe.

But let me just tell you a story about a friend of mine named Danial and his landlord, Jack.

Danial was an Asian student studying Accountancy in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Illinois while Jack was an American.

Danial rented a room in the basement of a house owned by Jack in Champaign. The room was a bit unique as the kitchen, bathroom and toilet were not inside the room but instead, they were right outside of it. That enables Jack to do his regular checking of the kitchen, bathroom and toilet as Danial locked only his room when he was not around.

There was something that made Jack surprised and curious whenever he checked the toilet. He noted that there was no toilet paper in it every time he checked. Not even one piece!

He did not think that Danial kept toilet paper in his room as the tenant did not share the toilet with any other tenants in the house. He wondered how Danial cleaned himself or to say it straight forward, cleaned his buttock after doing the normal stuff people do in toilets.

One day, Jack met Danial by chance when he was checking the kitchen.

After greeting each other, Jack suddenly asked, “Danial, why is there no toilet paper every time I checked the toilet?”

“I don’t need to use it actually,” replied Danial.

“Then how do you clean yourself in the toilet?” asked Jack.

“I just use water and my bare left hand,” said Danial.

Jack was shocked with the answer and then asked, “I hope you don’t mind me asking but isn’t that disgusting to use your bare hand to clean?”

Danial felt a bit embarrassed by that question but he managed to keep his cool. He then replied by asking Jack a question.

“Jack, let me just ask you this. If you got some mud on your hand or on any other part of your body, is it enough for you to clean it only by wiping it off using some pieces of paper?”

“Or, would you prefer to use some water and clean the mud off using your bare hand? I am sure you feel more comfortable to use water as it will clean the mud off much better”

Jack was, once again, shocked. Feeling ashamed, he did not really answer the question but instead, he right away said to Danial that he did sometimes clean himself using water and his bare hand in the toilet.

Danial smiled as he knew that Jack was not telling the truth. However, he just nodded and didn’t say anything more as he didn’t want to further embarrass Jack.

Well, guys. Did you see the logic for not needing to use toilet paper in toilets? Do you feel disgusted when you heard some people clean themselves in toilets using just water and their bare hand?

Don’t be surprised when you travel to other parts of the world, especially to most part of Asia, and you find out that there is no toilet paper in most public toilets there but instead, you only have a water tap and a short tube.

Don’t worry guys. Toilets at their hotels, especially those graded with more stars, do have toilet paper for their customers who come from different culture.

The main point here is that we should realize that some people have their own way to keep their personal hygiene. In fact, their way may make some other people to re-think of their own way.

So guys do you really need toilet paper in toilets or are you more comfortable with Danial’s way of personal cleaning which seems to me to be more hygienic? You may even have your own different way of personal hygiene in toilets! Feel free to let me know of your thoughts.

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  1. R.R.

    On November 18, 2007 at 8:19 am

    Have they ever thought about simply wetting the toilet paper? Seems more hygienic than both options.

  2. excellentvision

    On November 18, 2007 at 8:41 am


    Thanks for your comment.

    I normally noted toilets with toilet paper only (no water tap).

    Yes, you can do both but you got to get out of the small room first bringing toilet paper with you, wet the toilet paper at the basin and then get back to the small room to clean yourself. I think that will be messy.

  3. Someone

    On November 19, 2007 at 7:28 am

    Who do you shake hands with?

    A person with a clean hand, or a person with a clean ass?

  4. Eric

    On November 19, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    Danial washed himself in toilets using his LEFT hand, not his right hand. And I believe people like Danial use their right hand more than their left one while eating. So, I think it should be OK.

  5. Tom

    On November 22, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    By using water, instead of toilet paper, we can save on paper too. Water will naturally be recycled.

  6. Saunders

    On December 5, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    I do that too! I’m going green, baby: I start with some nice warm water and use my wife’s bare hand.

  7. excellentvision

    On December 5, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Saunders!

    But, you use your wife’s bare hand? LOL

    How about your own bare hand?

    Well…I guess you use your wife’s hand because it is more romantic that way. (I hope you know what I mean)

  8. Saunders

    On December 11, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Oh yeah… I read ye loud and clear!! ;o)

    Romanticism is in the eye of the beholder and she beholdin’ some questionable romanticism!!

  9. long drop

    On June 2, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Interesting conversation we’re having here! Thought you might like to know some cultures use a smooth pebble for this purpose also (the pebble is carried with you and is rinsed and re-used) Early settlers of New Zealand and Australia used the leaves of certain trees.

  10. excellentvision

    On June 11, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Thanks, long drop!

    You have highlighted good ideas! I use them in case of emergency…meaning, when there’s no water or toilet paper.

  11. addition

    On July 19, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Was not mentioned here that people use water also wash their used (left) hand with soap so don’t be afraid to shake their left hand if you are really unwilling to use your right hand for handshaking.

  12. excellentvision

    On July 21, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Thanks for your comment, addition !

  13. peacedog

    On October 24, 2008 at 5:40 am

    its true; you really don’t need TP…or a lot of other things we think we need, actually!

  14. DrNitemare

    On February 24, 2009 at 10:49 am

    My mother has a weird obsession with Toilet Paper. She gets very angry wnem people use it. It causes a lot of problems at my house. Anytime either of the bathrooms are out of toilet paper, she starts on her rampage and starts cursing people out for using it! And whats the point of buying the most expensive toilet paper? It goes down the drain in the end, and you cannot re-use it! Buy the cheapest you can, for god sakes! My ex wife had no place for her and my kids to live from July 2008 until February 2009. She was using my mother’s bathroom in my apartment that I pay for. My ex wife was so angry with my mother’s yelling and screaming about toilet paper, that she actually went to a laundry mat and stole the giant rolls! This woman needs professional help!

  15. excellentvision

    On February 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    peacedog and DrNitemare, thank you very much for your comments!

  16. dadiocool

    On February 24, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Using hand and doubt is much better in every way. it’s not about shaking hand with a person with clean hands or clean ass, but a person with clean hands and ass!!..both!. They use soap for both!

  17. guest

    On February 28, 2009 at 10:50 am

    So the best choice could be the combination of three things: water, soap, and toilet paper! ;)

  18. ashwin

    On June 13, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Hey, no offence meant but most asians think that ppl who use toilet paper are a disgusting unhygenic lot.

  19. b u s h e y

    On June 30, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Paper can never clean you properly – in the same way as you cant wipe your hands clean after a meal – not as well as washing them would clean them anyway!
    Imagine walking around the whole day with scat on your ass just because you thought paper was the way ‘developed’ countried did it!
    Ha! what a laugh!

    I think the use of paper has more to do with water shortages, cold climes and forcing you to have a bath after the deed is done!

  20. Jack Flanders

    On August 23, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I find the thought of getting poop on your hands more disgusting than smudging it on your butt. Would you really want to shake hands with a person who has (or had) poopy hands? Gross. Would you eat the food prepared by an “Asian or Middle Easterner” whos hands smelled of excrement a short while ago?

  21. Charlie

    On October 29, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I’ve been short handed for a year now and never use toiet paper. I just hop in the shower after every bowel movement.

  22. Manny

    On January 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    In Asian countries there is always a wash basin outside the toilet to clean your hands after you come out of the toilet. So you wash your hands clean with water after you come out of bathroom. Also as a tradition mostly asian teach thier children not to use left hand for eating food as it is used for other purposs and Asians mostly eat food in their house wth their bare hand not with spoons and forks..All the restaurants do have forks spoons etc.. but roadside vendors will not have spoons and forks etc..

  23. Squeaky Clean

    On January 31, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I grew up in California using toilet paper, public toilets and wearing underpants. I thought nothing of it.
    In my mid-twenties I Spent 2 years in India and was forced the very first day to adopt the Indian way- wash with water and my hand, then wash my hands. I did what I had to do and overcame my first feeling of repulsion. Thereafter I felt as squeaky clean as a fresh shower.
    Days later I tossed out my under wear and felt free and ventilated for the first time ever. For the next 2 years I thought nothing of it. Then I moved back to California. That’s when the repulsions began…
    I was forced the very first day to use a public toilet with dry paper only. My immediate response was to buy some underwear. I endured the rest of the trip feeling both cruddy and confined. All I could do was sit on it. And then it got worse…
    When I looked at my fellow Americans I realized most of them were walking around all day with dirty butts and underwear just like me. And apparently they thought nothing of it. And then It got worse…
    The thought of touching my body to a public toilet seat sat on by others added insult to uncleanliness. But then it got worse…
    The thought of sexual intercourse with a woman with a fecally smeared anus interfered with my love life. Something had to give…
    I needed to re-adopt to the American way, change my underwear daily and learn to “think nothing of it.” God knows I tried… but in the end I couldn’t do it. My instinct for truth and cleanliness was too strong. As soon as I had my own bathroom I tossed out the paper, tossed out the underwear and avoided sexual intercourse with women until they were freshly bathed. I haven’t sat on a public toilet in 20 years and have felt squeaky clean ever since. But I never tell others how clean I really am or why. They are adapted to their own butts and apparently “think nothing of it.”

  24. Kamrul

    On February 4, 2010 at 6:33 am

    To every body who is intersted in this subject.

    Which is better way to clean your prized asset ( with toilet paper or water) is not a rocket science but just down to earth common sense.

    Why don’t you test your mind in this way:

    You have two swimimg pools with 12 member of faimly having fun on each.

    In one swimimg pool all the family members ( when answering the natural call) cleans their private part with water and later washes their hands throughly with soap which gurantees a clean bum.

    In other swiming pool you have the whole 12 member other family who just wipes thier bum. When their not so fully clean bum comes in contact with water; what happens to the mico excrement stuck on their bum ?. Naturally, it gets diluted and mixed with the pool water.

    Now which pool of family would you love to jump into and have fun in the water ?.The pool water that goes all over your body plus you swallow every bit or so.

    As I said it is not a rocket science but a common sense.

    Think !

    Personal hygiene is very important for ouselves as well for others and their is no way I am jumping in a pool contiminated with world’s worst odured mud created by nature. No thank you !

  25. excellentvision

    On February 4, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Hi everybody! Thanks for visiting this page and a lot more thanks for your comments! I’m glad if you could share this page with others.

  26. excellentvision

    On February 5, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Jack Flanders,

    Do you take a bath/shower or do you just wipe your body with paper every day. Which way you feel cleaner?

    Thanks for visiting!

  27. jay

    On May 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    One answer water is pure and that is made by god and given to human to use is as apropriate. Paper is made by man so can not do the job properly.


  28. Dani

    On May 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    WOW! I’m AMAZED at how we Americans have been tricked in to thinking all the things we buy and pay for in bright shiny plastic packaging…is somehow SUPERIOR to the way humans have been doing thing just fine for 150,000 years! STOP LETTING THE MAN CONTROL YOU AMERICA! WAKE UP! Stop paying someone to bottle your tap water for you! it’s still tap water! Stop paying for dirt for your gardens! Dirt is free everywhere! Stop paying for toilet paper that kills our trees and clogs our drains! Your hand works better and you are cleaner in the long run! Nobody walks around with poo on their hands! That is just preposterous! These people are not inferior. They are smart! They are frugal! They know how things can and should be done and I’m considering this one a lesson learned. I think when this roll gives out, that will be my last ;) THANK YOU for this!!!!! :) REVOLUTION!!

  29. ewfefefe

    On September 2, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    using your hand is so disgusting its called toilet paper

  30. Washer

    On September 14, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I went on a trip to Turkey and was forced to not use toilet paper and was really surprised how much more effective water is for cleaning your butt. After returning from my trip I purchased a bidet which is plumbed into the toilet. It sprays a jet of water, but you need to use your hand as well. When I am in a toilet that does not have a bidet i wipe first, then flush and grab a bit of the water from the flush and then clean then wipe again with paper. I then wash my hands thoughroughly with soap (just like I do when using paper). I now can’t stand just using paper, walking around with poop smeared all over your crack is gross.

  31. Niro

    On October 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm


    Yeah… You should wash your butt using water & then you can wash your hands well with soap. Your hands are not getting dirty by doing that.
    If you are only using toilet paper, your hands can anyway touch your butt as well as excrement. oh that’s really disgusting…. Just think use your brains.
    I really don’t know which hand you use to wipe it with toilet papers. Maybe you are using the right hand. So I really don’t want to shake hand with a person who only just wipes it with Toilet paper. How on earth you do it. Don’t like to go near them even. When it smudging on your butt, you carry bacteria & of course it’s unhygenic lot.

  32. Jack

    On October 27, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I am from a culture where we normally use water and soap for anal cleansing. Just to clarify a few things:-

    (1) People always wash their hands well with soap and water, after doing their stuff. So they do not walk around with poop on their hands. Children are always taught to clean their hands after going to the toilet as part of toilet training.

    (2) Also, only the left hand is used for this purpose. In these cultures, normally people do all other clean stuff – like eating – with their right hands. This of course is unnecessary because of point no. 1 above.

    (3) Very often, it’s not just water that is used by people to clean their butts. They also use soap. Thus, the process ensures that the area is VERY clean afterwards.

    (4) People ALWAYS wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water afterwards. Did I mention this before?

    Now, I personally think that this is a much cleaner way of anal cleansing than just using toilet paper. It may not be the fastest or the most efficient way – it consumes quite a bit of water, and takes more time than using toilet paper, but indisputably, this is much more hygienic.

    Just think for a second: you are about to have anal sex with your girlfriend – would you prefer if she cleans her butt with just a piece of paper after doing her stuff, rather than washing thoroughly using soap and water?

  33. nir

    On November 5, 2010 at 3:45 am

    I agree with Jack…
    We should use soap n water to clean after doing the normal stuff people do in toilets and toilet papers can be used to wipe the butt after washing it. I think people are doing a mistake here. :)

    One of my friends said, using toilet papers is more hygenic because you don’t touch anything with dirty hands. She said most of them are not washing their hands properly when u clean it with water, which is wrong. As explained by Jack people use soap thoroughly.

    Also said they wash their butts when they have a bath. But still they use their hands to wash the butt. right? If you think your hand is getting dirty by touching, then you can never wash it.. I don’t know..

    And also they use more perfume because they do only wipe it with toilet papers n they are scared others might feel it..

  34. Suz

    On November 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Ummm…how can anyone be sure that the people washing their ass with water (gag) are washing their hands afterward? After all, if they feel their ass is squeaky clean, why bother washing their hands which they also must think are squeaky clean?

    You know, there’s a reason myself and people I know almost always get sick in India. Think about it. How many North Americans don’t wash their hands after using the toilet.

    ~runs to throw up~

  35. Resh

    On November 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Strange people wipe their ass with tissue. Then why don’t you wipe your hand with tissue when it get dirty with something , don’t wash your hand just wipe it, and see if it clean or not..

    If u gt sick, that doesn’t mean u didnt wash ur hand… U get sick when u only use toilet paper to clean ur ass. It’s unhygenic.

    For all the people who say no need to wash the ass, n not sure abt people whether they wash their hands after washing their butts I recomend u this..
    first use a water jet kind of a thing & then wipe it with toilet paper n put some soap n again water n then use tissue to wipe n dry. Don’t ever use just toilet paper. Pls do not use. Try to be clean..


    Thank u..

  36. Hannah

    On December 14, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Who care’s how clean your ass is? It’s not as if it’s going to make any difference what so ever.

  37. Rashmi

    On January 14, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I think it’s super gross to wipe your butt with toilet paper after pooping. Maybe people brought up this way don’t feel gross, but I was raised to wash every time, and believe me, the few times I have just “wiped” I felt disgusting, dirty, and uncomfortable…not to mention itchy. Hence, I will always wash. Also, for those of you wondering what people do in public restrooms, they just don’t poop. Honestly ever thought about the practice of pooping in the morning and not overeating during the day so that you don’t have to go in the middle of the day? I am also amazed by the absolute stupid logic of people who wouldn’t shake hands with people who wash instead of wipe…if a person is going to take the time to wash their ass with water AND soap, why the hell wouldn’t they wash their hands with soap as well? It would just defeat the purpose of the hygiene they are trying to achieve. Also, from the comments I could tell that it isn’t only people from India who wash, but rather from all over Asia and the Middle East, which is very heartening to know…If I get married, and my husband didn’t already do so, I would make him start the habit of washing.

  38. Saad

    On January 21, 2011 at 4:27 am

    The question here people, is… What if they DON’T wash their hands? Some public toilets neither have SOAP neither do they have TOILET PAPER. Some people are just too gross and walk around with dirty hands, and worst part of it is, You shake your hands with them! I’m thinking of wearing Mickey Mouse gloves and then shake hands with people! The lesson learnt people is, USE GLOVES FOR HAND SHAKING!

  39. Nima

    On January 31, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I was searching the net looking for reasons why in western countries they don’t use water in toilets, and I found my self reading this page about the opposite discussion!
    Yes, if you compare these two methods — apart from how you think about people’s religion and color! –, it’s obvious that cleaning some dirt with water, is more effective than just ‘rubbing’ it with some piece of paper!

    Also note that, not only those people using water definitely wash their hands with water+soap after toilet, but also you don’t really need to use your hand; you can just use some pipe with more water pressure! (although washing hands after toilet is necessary again).

    AND, in most of the places I know (at least here in Iran), people do use paper AFTER using water, to remove the remaining wet from their body!

    You just have to try it for a month, and after that you can never walk with a only-rubbed-with-paper bottom.

  40. Nima

    On January 31, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I was searching the net looking for reasons why in western countries they don\’t use water in toilets, and I found my self reading this page about the opposite discussion!
    Yes, if you compare these two methods — apart from how you think about people\’s religion and color! –, it\’s obvious that cleaning some dirt with water, is more effective than just \’rubbing\’ it with some piece of paper!

    Also note that, not only those people using water definitely wash their hands with water soap after toilet, but also you don\’t really need to use your hand; you can just use some pipe with more water pressure! (although washing hands after toilet is necessary again).

    AND, in most of the places I know (at least here in Iran), people do use paper AFTER using water, to remove the remaining wet from their body!

    You just have to try it for a month, and after that you can never walk with a only-rubbed-with-paper bottom.

  41. shan

    On February 26, 2011 at 3:59 am

    you told us a nice way off cleaning ass.thank u so much.but i think that this isan islamic way of cleaning ass.

  42. the visitor

    On May 25, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I have two technical questions about doing the personal hygiene “the asian way”.
    1. What do you propose to do in the public toilets in western countries, where there is no no tap with water in the cubicle? (Please do not say to use the water directly from the toilet as suggested by someone previously!)
    2. How do you get dry? It`s not always a hot weather outside. You can`t just put your clothes on when you are all wet.

  43. Chef

    On November 15, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Hey, stop the presses!!!! Have you guys ever heard of toilet WIPES…GET YOU CLEAN EVERY TIME. No S— between your nails. Now suck those fingers after eating with confidence

  44. Shadi

    On December 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Nima is right,I had same problem in western countries .thanks God I reached water in wc somehow!! washing in the wc is about cleaning its not about Islamic or other religions way.dirt is sticky we use water ,toilet paper for washing and after that soap to clean all dirt from our hand,beleive me its not touching,people must be sick if they feel horny in this what are they doing in bath everytime?? if there is no water/toilet papar/soap you must be in desert ,please dont shake hands!

  45. J

    On December 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    “..After all, if they feel their ass is squeaky clean, why bother washing their hands which they also must think are squeaky clean?
    You know, there’s a reason myself and people I know almost always get sick in India.”

    ^ Above is one good point

    I’m tired of STUPID METAPHORS that miss the point and highlight some other aspect of a problem.. metaphors are sometimes useful approximations for helping to understand something, not the final truth in themselves.

    For example, the whole MUD METAPHOR about would you rather wash muddy hands with water vs wipe them with paper misses a very critical point. Just because your hands may feel cleaner with the mud rinsed off with water, doesn’t mean they’re really that much cleaner when it comes to residual bacteria. If there was dangerous bacteria in the mud, many times it will still be on your hands! And then YOU COMPARE IT TO THE WRONG SCENARIO. You shouldn’t be talking about getting muddy hands and wiping with paper, because with the actual bathroom scenario the paper alternative doesn’t involve your hands! It’s talking about wiping your butt with paper, not your hands. A silly metaphor missing/skewing the point again!

    Again a dumb metaphor that misses the point. We’re arguing about one vs the other in real life. The whole pool scenario probably constitutes a very small portion of most peoples’ lives. More relevant and common interactions include shaking hands, wiping your face with your hand, rubbing your eyes, cooking, sitting, standing, walking, running, etc. Taking a pool example, saying that one is better than the other in that limited example, and then concluding that hence the same option is always better, is plain STUPID. Learn how to think clearly!

    Just because you run water over something and can’t see anything doesn’t mean it’s clean. BASIC SCIENCE. It may look clean, but most of the bacteria is still there. And let me tell you, here in Mumbai I am very often coming across restrooms that have no soap. These guys literally cook food with dirty hands and yes, you do get sick on occasion when you’re body is not used to this.

    The choice boils down to: Do you want to have a left hand that is dirty (which people Asian countries rarely notice because their immune systems are already accustomed to being around these things) and not best suited for shaking hands, eating with, etc.. Or do you want the inside of your butt cheeks to not be thoroughly clean.

    I prefer being able to use my left hand and not worry about other peoples’ left hands as well at the expense of a having dirtier underwear, and swimming in potentially dirtier swimming pools.

    Enough dissing Americans just because you love to defend your culture at all costs. And enough thinking that just because you can’t see something that it’s not there (our perception of the world is always biased, in particular towards scientific truths)


  46. gi

    On February 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    @J. And you think that using toilet paper will prevent the bacteria passing to your hand? Of course you won’t be able to wipe yourself without touching the sorroundings (the butt cheeks), which would lead the bacteria passing to your hand. It is much better if you clean yourself with WATER and THEN clean your hand thoroughly.
    It is not such a bad thing to admit that other cultures might be better sometimes on some issues than the western culture.

  47. admin

    On April 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Of course water is more natural and hygienic way to clean your bottom. It is just that water is (almost) free and corporation can’t make millions of profit from it. That’s why they create a demand for toilet paper by brainwashing people through advertising and education. Selling toilet rolls is a huge multibillion business — over $6 billion a year profit, to be precise (read this )

    And let me tell you something, I know for sure: if your Input of food is a balanced — a healthy diet with enough water and good digesting (by balancing acid/alcaline foods and combining them properly) — and the Output of waste is optimal — in SQUAT position – the posture assigned by nature for humans – then you actually DO NOT NEED cleaning after you are done.

  48. djdnjuan

    On August 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

    1- I use toilet paper
    2- when the mud is gone I wet one more peace of paper and clean the remaining mud.
    3-I feel clean, and I can eat with both hands(after washing) Ethiopian food.

  49. nizapanagiotu

    On August 21, 2012 at 1:16 am

    oh my god…just curious..i always had this wild imagine after watching the western movies..having sex after meeting at bar, having sex in the car, in the dont clean your dont clean your penis with water how it feels like….??

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