Around 2 million years ago, the first humans evolved from our ape-like ancestors. Sure, it’s been a lengthy process. You could say the same about the history of butt wiping, it too has come a long way. So we will be taking a trip with you down the annals of anal hygiene history.
Butt wiping started off on a rocky road. Over 2700 years ago, ancient Greeks and Romans used fragments of ceramics called pessoi to wipe their bums. it has been recorded that some ceramic wiping instruments used to wipe were inscribed with the names of Greeks’ nemeses. This would be akin to our toilet paper printed with your favorite enemy’s face.
In around 800 BC, the Roman employed a stone-free method of wiping, which we consider to be a low point in the history of human hygiene: the communal sponge-on-a-stick called tersorium. Unless you were wealthy enough to afford a personal tersorium, it was in fact communal and was dunked into vinegar or salt water to “sanitize” the sponge after each use.
DRIED CORN COB
One of the more popular early American wiping methods was the dried corn cob. Old wash buckets were piled high with corncobs in most outhouses across rural 19th Century America. The cob was still their favorite wiping object 20 years after the introduction of toilet paper.
It’s been a long process but finally reached what the majority of us are most comfortable with, regular toilet paper. It is widely believed that China has invented toilet paper. The paper originated in China in the second century B.C., and the first recorded use of paper for cleansing is from the 6th century in medieval China. However, it still wasn’t widely available until the early 1900s!
The Golden Age
BUTT, we haven’t finished our journey. It took mankind more than a million years to get here, but we are finally at the Golden Age of Butt Wiping: BIDET!
Today, the Bidet is considered to be a must-have in many countries around the world. Using a bidet can help you clean the rear thoroughly and softly, and avoid the spread of bacteria and other germs. Besides, it is also more environmentally friendly than using toilet paper.