Using Tissue Or Water After Toilet, Which Is More Hygienic?

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Is using toilet paper more hygienic than using water? It is a typical western practice to use toilet paper rather than water when wiping their butt, but people often wonder which is a better choice. Toilet paper has become synonymous with pooping, but is it always the best choice?

Is toilet paper or water more hygienic? According to doctors, toilet paper is not the healthiest way to clean up after pooping. It will not completely clean your butt and will only smear around the fecal matter in the area. On the other hand, using water is more hygienic and will also cause less injury to your butt.

People use wet wipes to clean babies’ bottoms and private areas. Wet, not dry. Best practices for newborn baby care recommends washing the private areas with water since their skin might be too sensitive for even wet wipes. The water cleans the messiest of messes.

Why is water more hygienic as compared to toilet paper?

Toilet Paper Leaves Behind Fecal Traces

Using only toilet paper when wiping your butt can leave feces behind. This can lead to various health conditions like infections and UTIs. Toilet paper moves feces but it does not completely remove it.

Toilet paper removes the feces, but using water will clean everything thoroughly. It might be disgusting to touch the feces directly, so it is best to first clean with a tissue and use water for thorough cleaning. Make sure that you wash your hands with soap and water afterward.

Excess Use of Toilet Paper Can Cause Health Issues

Using toilet paper in excess can cause severe damage to the sensitive skin around your butt. This practice can also lead to health problems like urinary tract infection (UTI) and anal fissures. Washing with water is a healthier practice.

You can also harm your butt by wiping too aggressively. It can chaff your butt, and it will take some time to heal.

Some toilet paper contains bleach.

Chlorine bleach can be toxic, and if accumulated, it can lead to various health conditions. Using water is a safer and gentler way to clean your butt.


Using water is more hygienic as compared to using toilet paper. On the other hand, some people find it easy and convenient to use toilet paper. Westerners have used toiler paper all their lives. However, if you want to maintain clean hygiene and avoid health issues that come with using toilet paper, you should use water. The idea can be foreign at first, most especially for those who used toilet paper since they were small. However, if you are open to change, you can easily take baby steps and change from using toilet paper to water, which is more hygienic.

Written by: Ayomide Ayodele

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