What Did People Use Before Toilet Paper?

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What Did People Use Before Toilet Paper?

Postby coffeeFreak » Jun 26th, 2019, 10:35 pm

This popped up on my Facebook page and thought I'd pass it on.

What Did People Use Before Toilet Paper?
Oct 31, 2018 Taryn Smee

The first recorded use of something resembling toilet paper comes from 6th century China where the more affluent members of society would use wads of paper to clean their nether regions.

In the Tang dynasty, a visiting diplomat to China from the middle east commented: “They are not careful about cleanliness, and they do not wash themselves with water after they have done their necessities, but they only wipe themselves with paper.”

By the Song dynasty, the Emperor decreed that paper measuring 2 feet by 3 feet be made available for his bathroom needs. This is the first-time paper was made specifically for toileting.

In Ancient Rome, where shared public toilets were all the rage, they preferred to use a tersorium, a communal sponge on a stick, which was stored in strong sea brine or vinegar when not in use. Sometimes this would be passed from person to person, and occasionally someone would end up grabbing the wrong end of the stick, leading to much hilarity and sometimes infection and death...[click link for more]


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Postby oldtrucker » Jun 27th, 2019, 5:46 pm

Moss, leaves. Tampons were grass wrapped moss in ancient Britain.
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