Is cleaning yourself with toilet paper cleaner than using water?

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little george

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As a Westener, I've always been raised to believe that the best way to clean most objects is warm water and soap - self, dishes, clothes, pretty much everything. Except what is probably thought of as the "dirtiest" thing of all - our butts after we poop. For that, we rub some paper on it and call it a day.

Others have different methods of cleansing after a bowel movement including a bidet, sponges, towels, the Japanese toilet (which is kind of a toilet with a hair dryer), things like the Comfort Wipe, and wet naps... or a combination thereof, as with dry paper and a wet naps chaser advocated on howtowipeyourbutt.com .

Logically, I can't see that toilet paper is the best option. It doesn't seem like it cleans as thoroughly, and can even contribute to things like anal fissures, yet most of America and large portions of Europe use it and often scoff at other methods. It's a weird kind of woo, and I'm wondering if there are any scholarly works indicating the best method, in terms of health and hygiene, for butt cleaning.
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Fat Jack

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Who needs scholarly articles? I think the answer is rather obvious. If someone wiped shit on your arm would you just wipe it off with toilet paper or would you wash it with soap and water?
Maryam

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I agree Muslims have been doing this for 1400 years - we wait for the West to catch up with baited breath.

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