Americans have been proven to have ‘dirtier anuses than anticipated’: Doctors give insight into the importance of wet wipes over toilet paper
- Wet wipes/baby wipes have been celebrated by the likes of Will Smith, will.i.am, and Terrence Howard
- Dry toilet paper does not effectively remove feces, and can cause over wiping
- Excessive wiping can be dangerous, leading to anal fissures or rectal hemorrhoids
- The United States is lagging behind countries like Spain, Italy, and Greece in the use of toilet bidets
Experts have announced that the United States is one of the last countries to improve sanitation when it comes to feces removal, stating that toilet paper simply doesn’t get the job done.
Countries like Japan, Italy, and Greece have implemented bidets in toilets in an attempt to avoid health problems such as anal fissures and urinary tract infections, but the US has lagged in sanitation improvements. Doctors warn that this could be a significant and dangerous oversight.
Celebrities like will.i.am, Will Smith, and Terrence Howard have been celebrating the importance of baby wipes for years. Will Smith has even claimed that the habit is ‘special and incredible’. High praise – but it seems the general American culture has yet to catch on.
Toilet bidets squirt water into the anal area to make toilet paper cleaning more effective.
According to Tonic, nearly 90% of households in Italy, Spain, and Greece have a bidet installed in their toilet for anal cleaning. However, bidet suppliers have reported that American markets have not been receptive thus far, due to current lack of knowledge on toilet paper’s shortcomings.
Rose George, who has authored definitive reports of American waste in critically acclaimed books such as The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters, explained the importance of better wiping.
“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.”
This echoes Will.i.am’s statements with Elle Magazine claiming that baby wipes are the way to go. “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,” says will.i.am.
Terrence Howard even told Elle Magazine that he has trouble trusting women who use 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.”
Actor and director Will Smith told BBC 1 Radio, “I’m the type of person that it’s important for me to share. When I experience something that’s special and incredible, I like to share it with people. Anyone who’s using dry toilet paper, you’re really not doing yourself the true service.”
Some celebrities, like Gwyneth Paltrow, opt for a slightly more expensive option. On her Goop gift ideas in 2015 was a recommendation for $100 toilet paper.
Whether or not toilet paper with a three digit price tag makes a difference, we have yet to discover. But one thing is sure: it’s time for us to figure out a better way to keep our nether regions clean. Toilet paper simply isn’t cutting it.
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