Experts warn that toilet paper does little to remove feces and the United States is one country that hasn’t improved its sanitation when wiping.
While countries such as Japan, Italy and Greece use bidets in the toilets as a way to keep the anus clean, the US has mostly relied on toilet paper as the norm to keep that area clean.
But doctors say excessive wiping could cause health problems such as anal fissures and urinary tract infections.
Though the suggestion may sound absurd, celebrities such as will.i.am, Will Smith and Terrence Howard have been vouching for baby wipes instead of tissue for years – with Smith even hailing the habit as ‘special and incredible’.
Rose George, author of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters, told Tonic why using toilet paper doesn’t remove feces like it should.
‘I find it rather baffling that millions of people are walking around with dirty anuses while thinking they are clean,’ George said. ‘Toilet paper moves sh*t, but it doesn’t remove it.’
Will.i.am said in a past interview with Elle Magazine that baby wipes are what most people should consider using in terms of wiping.
‘Here’s proof on why people should have baby wipes. Get some chocolate, wipe it on a wooden floor, and then try to get it up with some dry towels. You’re going to get chocolate in the cracks. That’s why you gotta get them baby wipes,’ will.i.am said.
Actor Terrence Howard went as far as to say in an Elle Magazine interview that he didn’t trust women who used toilet paper.
‘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,’ Howard said.
Culled from Mailonline