Question - Can you use leaves as toilet paper?

Answered by: Gerald Smith  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 24-06-2022  |  Views: 1040  |  Total Questions: 14

An Australian group of gardening experts have suggested three types of leaves as an “environmentally friendly” alternative to toilet paper as shops run out of stock due to coronavirus panic-buying. Obvious Alternatives If you don't have any toilet paper, just use another kind of paper. Paper towels, newspapers, phone books, notebook paper, printer paper, envelopes, etc. Look around the house and see what you can find. Some people have suggested using books, but I have too much respect for books to recommend that. Most leaves do not work well as toilet paper. A lot of leaves crumble when friction is applied and other leaves are just too smooth to remove any grime. Toilet paper and facial tissue, like Kleenex, can both be used as a replacement for the other, but there are things that you should take into consideration. When using toilet paper to wipe or blow your nose it will not have the same soft feel as facial tissue and may further irritate an already sore nose. In India and the Indian subcontinent, over 95% of the population use water for cleansing the anal area after defecating. In rural areas where water is scarce or not closely available, paper or leaves may be used. Use of toilet paper is rare in this region and is seen only in some urban settings.

https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/7378/toilet-paper-to-the-left-or-right

Being right handed, if it's any kind of stretch, I want it on the right side. Otherwise, either side should be fine. I normally put it on the left side (public toilet), due to the fact that the majority uses the right hand to do the wiping and cleaning.

https://www.verywellhealth.com/healthiest-way-to-wipe-your-butt-4154369

The Right Way to Wipe Simply reach behind your back and between your legs, using plenty of crumpled or folded toilet tissue, and wipe backward from the perineum (the space between the genitals and anus) toward and past the anus. Use additional wads of toilet tissue as needed until the paper is mostly clean.

http://www.toiletpaperhistory.net/toilet-paper-history/used-before-toilet-paper/

Different materials were used depending upon the country, weather conditions, social customs and status. People used leaves, grass, ferns, corn cobs, maize, fruit skins, seashells, stone, sand, moss, snow and water. The simplest way was physical use of one's hand. Wealthy people usually used wool, lace or hemp.

https://www.quora.com/Are-paper-towels-safe-to-use-as-toilet-paper

Paper towels are often nice and soft and absorbent so they'll do the job of cleaning yourself off without injuring some of your more sensitive tissues. Where paper towels are not safe is in flushing them down the toilet when you're finished.

https://www.quora.com/What-happens-to-all-the-toilet-paper-flushed-down-the-toilet

TP goes down the sewer lines, along with water, your crap, and anything else you flushed. If you are connected to a city's wastewater treatment plant, then whatever TP remains gets there. If you have a septic tank, then the TP goes there, and is degraded under anaerobic conditions.

https://www.littlethings.com/reasons-not-to-flush/

Every time you flush the toilet, you're using a heck of a lot of water to pull the waste away. If you flush every single time you pee (six to 10 times a day), you're wasting nine gallons of water at best every day.

https://www.ahs.com/home-matters/repair-maintenance/how-to-unclog-a-sewer-line/

Eventually, toilet paper or other debris gets snagged on the roots, further preventing water from flowing through the main sewer drain line. Flushing sanitary products, such as paper towels, facial tissues, feminine hygiene products or even extra-thick toilet paper, can also clog your sewer line.

Facial tissues do not break down in water the same way toilet paper does. They should never be flushed down the toilet; flushed Kleenex can cause clogs and other serious plumbing issues.

http://theislander.net/did-you-know-that-toilet-paper-can-be-dangerous-to-your-health/

The most dangerous of these toxins is chlorine and unfortunately, most conventional toilet paper is processed with chlorine bleach. Chlorinated toilet paper contains the highest amount of furans out of all cosmetic tissues… Dioxin, a bleaching byproduct, is one of the most toxic human-made chemicals.

https://www.leaf.tv/articles/the-best-ways-to-apply-toners-to-the-face/

Avoid using tissue with liquid toners, as they are too watery. Tissues works well, as they controls the amount of toner you apply to the skin. Cotton can absorb too much of the toner in comparison to the tissue. To use the tissue, apply the toner to the tissue and wipe it gently on your face.

https://matcha-jp.com/en/1256

Almost all toilets in Japan are well maintained and kept spotlessly clean to ensure the utmost comfort for all travelers to Japan. On the whole, toilets are free to use and toilet paper is always provided.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/photos/10-remarkably-useful-plants-you-can-fi

The entire plant is covered in fine, downy hairs, and mullein's big, soft leaves are a good substitute for toilet paper — in fact, it's often called “cowboy toilet paper. ” Tea made from mullein leaves can be used to treat coughs, sore throats and bronchitis, and a few drops of oil from the plant's flowers can be used

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1958794-overview

Always wipe from the front to the back after using the bathroom. Do not try to reach from behind because germs from the rectum can be transferred to the hand and tissue. After bowel movements, clean the area around the anus gently, wiping from front to back. Never wipe twice with the same tissue.

https://www.quora.com/Why-do-we-use-toilet-paper-instead-of-water-showers-especially-in-the-West

Toilet paper is used to clean up in the restroom in almost all parts of North America. A large variety of softness, patterns and textures of toilet paper are available to choose from. Most countries in Europe also use toilet paper. In Finland, 'bidet showers' can also be very often seen in use.