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Before Toilet Paper Was Invented, These Items Were Used For Wiping

Did you know that some of the products used for cleaning before the advent of tissue paper, journals or magazines were corn cobs, stones, sponges on sticks, leaves, ceramics etc?

Without toilet paper, we can't imagine our lives, but this wonderful invention hasn't been with us for very long. People used other methods to wash after using the toilet until the invention of mass-produced toilet paper in the mid 19th century. People wiped themselves with stones and other natural materials during very ancient times. They were rinsed with snow or water, too. Seashells and animal furs have been preferred by certain cultures. In the Roman world, the most popular example of ancient wiping comes from. On sticks known as terrariums, the Romans used sponges. These were single-use or reusable communal wiping sticks. In the latter case, it was washed in a vinegar or saltwater bucket.

Moss or leaves and ceramic parts known as pessoi were also used by the Greco-Romans to conduct cleansing. Pieces of pessoi, like ostraca, may have begun. These weds broke pottery pieces that also had enemies' names written on them. That was a symbolic way for adversaries to soil themselves. At Xuanquanzhi, a former Han Dynasty military base in China, archaeologists found 2000-year-old hygiene sticks known as salaka, cechou, and chugi in latrines 28 years ago. The tools, cut out of bamboo and other forests, resembled spatulas. The ends were wrapped in cloth and traces of preserved fecal matter were contained.

The paper originated in China in the 2nd century BC, but in medieval China, the first documented use of paper for washing dates back to the 6th century. By the early 14th century, at the rate of 10 million packages of 1,000 to 10,000 sheets annually, the Chinese were making toilet paper. For the Hongwu Emperor's family, thousands of perfumed paper sheets were produced in 1393. Writing paper became commonly popular in the 15th century but in the Western world, modern commercially available toilet paper did not emerge until 18 57. Medicated Paper, for the Water Closet, was marketed that year by Joseph Gayetty of New York. It was delivered in 500-sheet packages.

Americans improvised in clever ways before his brand reached the market. Maize cobs were a popular toilet paper substitute in the 1700s. And, in the early 18th century, newspapers and magazines appeared. In 1890, the first perforated rolls of toilet paper were introduced. By 1930, "splinter-free" toilet paper was eventually made. No toilet paper existed in the Soviet Union until the 1960s. Many individuals used newspapers for washing. Today, some cultures prefer to wash to scrub, and strike at all using toilet paper.

Now, be honest: after using your toilet, how do you like to clean up?

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