Wash, don’t wipe, your butt.

By Sparklee A Hole.

If you can read this, you are a human, and you poop. A subject that may delight a few, and disgust many more. but opinions don’t count, because we all have to go and poop. It is what happens afterwards that is rarely discussed. People from different cultures have different ideas about what you should do next. An American or a Brit, who has only ever seen a toilet roll next to a toilet, may travel abroad and find one of the five following devices at his or her disposal.

  • A porcelain bidet
  • A bucket or barrel of water with a scooper
  • A shower spray connected to the toilet tank water supply with a T-adaptor
  • An electronic toilet seat that dispenses sprays or jets of warm water and may also air-dry the area
  • A pipe that shoots water upwards.

There may be more systems than these five, but these are the common alternatives to simply using dry tissue paper to clean up.

Conversely, someone from the Arab world, or the Philippines, or parts of Asia, might visit The USA and be appalled to find out that Americans believe they can clean their anal area following defecation with nothing more than dry tissue paper. And they would be right, because it really does take more than tissue to be clean following the business.

Clearly, washing is more efficient than tissue-wiping when it comes to removing the after effects of going, especially if a lather from detergent is introduced, so what do these mysterious foreigners do in the bathroom?

The Bidet.

Often seen beside a toilet, the bidet has featured in travel jokes for decades. It is basically a little bathtub that one squats over to wash the area. These usually have hot and cold running water and can squirt, rinse and spray. Anyone who has used a bidet is probably emerging from the bathroom clean.

The electronic bidet toilet seat.

The Japanese have pioneered this field. To have one of these, your toilet needs to have electricity as well as water. These devices, controlled with the push of a button are designed to wash and then dry the area, without the user leaving the seat. Some are simple and some are full of hi-tech features.

The Tabo

Called the tabo in the Philippines but known by other names in South Asia, this system is basically a jug of water, filled in a bucket or barrel or from the tap. The user raises up slightly from the toilet seat and pours water towards the small of the back where the space between the butt cheeks is. The water naturally flows down and over the skin and washes the area.  In practice, although rarely talked about, the user usually puts soap on his or her fingers and washes the butt, just like everyone does in the shower and then rinses with the tabo. Of course this means touching the unclean substance in question (poo) but the hand is using soap and water so with practice it ends up clean when all is over. In the Philippines, bathrooms are wet, meaning there is usually a floor drain and a faucet on the wall, which is used to fill the vessel. The tabo is difficult for lifelong wipers to accept, but it does remove all traces of waste and associated bacteria, so should not be criticized. Anyone with a sink within arm’s reach of the toilet, and a plastic jug or jar, can try the tabo right now, with nothing to install. In rural areas, the tabo is also used for outdoor, full body bathing.

The bidet shower spray.

The Arabs call it a shattaf, (sounds like shit off, which is basically what it does), but this is nothing more than a handheld water shower that connects to the water inlet valve for the toilet via a T-connection. Room temperature water is sprayed on the anus after the business is done. As with the tabo, hand washing the area with soap is an unmentioned option. These sprays are often called diaper sprays or nappy sprayers, because they can also be used to wash off most of the baby poo from your baby’s diaper before tossing it in the bleach pail. The baby poo just goes right down the loo. The downside to using a handheld shower spray in a colder climate is, in winter, the tap water can be extremely cold. In some places these are called the muslim bidet and other names, because the muslim world is apparently quite particular about keeping clean down there. But if your bathroom is in Thailand or Saudi Arabia, to name a couple of places, you’ll probably have a sprayer adjacent to the toilet, and the water will not be a cold shock.

The sprayer pipe.

In Egypt you are likely to see a curved brass pipe at the back of the toilet bowl. This is water spraying at it’s most basic. Just turn on the tap and a jet of water shoots towards the butt for hands-free washing, or manually assisted soaping, as discussed under the tabo.

So here is the taboo subject of cleaning the ass being discussed in a magazine. Some will find the whole subject unthinkable and live their whole lives failing to properly remove poo and bacteria with their little pieces of tissue paper, and others will never use tissue paper instead of washing. While it may be obvious which idea is more effective,  preconceptions about what is civilized may keep most westerners in the dirt until they are buried in the dirt. But whatever you do following a poo, follow by washing your hands with soapy lather, and you’ll stay safe.

Sparklee A Hole is always ready for inspection and never has to hide his underwear deep in the laundry basket.

Editor’s note: At time of writing there are well over a hundred comments on this article. Some of them are a little disturbing so be forewarned if you go there.  Anyone can say anything so this is the result.

144 thoughts on “Wash, don’t wipe, your butt.

  1. “Disgusting! So unsanitary. This water that rinses your asshole falls on the very devices that spray water on the next person. Just what I want: someone else’s fecal matter and bacteria shooting up my ass.”

    A reasonable concern, but also the medical introduction of human fecal bacteria into the rectum and colon is a powerful and effective new intervention for serious digestive problems.

  2. Sounds like you think someone else’s diseased a-hole contents will fix mine. Not buying your voodoo. I would shove Yogurt up my butt before I mix someone else’s crap with mine.

  3. I have experienced both of these methods of removing decal matter after a bowel movement. I was raised wiping until the process of water clueing was introduced to me and I “what a Great idea”.

    Only a few problems with the whole idea of being a “Water Girl” rather than a “Wiper Girl” were a few obstacles….

    1. I live in a wiper society
    2. Not sure of anyone’s sanitary habits or concern for others
    3. I practice in my home for messy times (I have IBS), but without being properly equipped and your already on the “go”… You become a wiper and a washer (even if you do have a bidet as I do).

    I completely agree with the reading and would recommend it to anyone- along with proper technique and infection control practices(HANDWASHING!)

    Like they say…”don’t knock it before you try it”. Ignorance may be bliss, but most always at a loss…

    Love to all, From your white, italian, university graduate(x2) Nurse.

    Happy Cleaning!

  4. Yes, how much cleaner is washing yourself rather than wiping.
    I think the old bidet is the best one, just like a mini bath. Not to sure about this new spray pipe but the others are good!
    Need to buy one for my home.

  5. After a bowel movement
    I use toilet paper to remove everything, then I wash myself.
    If I’m not able to wash, then I use wet wipes instead
    (I don’t put them down the toilet,
    they don’t disintegrate like paper)
    I don’t feel clean, just using Toilet paper!
    I don’t think anyone is really,
    maybe that’s why some people smell of “dity-bum!”

  6. Personally, I will not date any woman who doesn’t wash after ‘going.’ I’ve dated two women in the past who smelled there, and it was such a turn off, it was part off the reason I was happy the relationship didn’t work out. How can you not wash after doing that?! Your undies are going to stink! Gross!

  7. Great article!! I’m not a fan of the bidet, but I do like the Shataf (sprayer) and my second choice is a small jug (a netipot, actually) that directs the stream of water to the right spot. When I’m outside, I put some water on paper towel before entering the stall. I am not even a religious Muslim, but I’m glad that our parents emphasized cleanliness in this way. I could never date a guy who doesn’t use shataaf after going to the bathroom, but the problem is, how do you ask?? It seems like Westerners have the best dental hygiene, and Easterners have the best genital hygiene. I hope to find a guy that combines the best of both worlds..let’s see.. :$

  8. My mother in law uses a tabo and her bathroom smells like piss. She splashes water (and God knows what else) all over the bathroom and the rug around her toilet is filthy. I wish she would get a bidet because her technique with her tabo isn’t working out that great. In addition to her tabo, I’ve seen used toilet paper for number one sitting on the roll for later use. What’s the point of the tabo if she is wiping her privates with used toilet paper? Just gag!

  9. Just like a drinking fountain does not deliver the last person’s germs to the next, the handheld sprayer does not contaminate the next user. Water only flows out of it. The handheld sprayer is ideal for cleaning this personal area after going, and can even deliver a shallow jet enema and the device is so simple to use and so easy to install under the tank that I am amazed they don’t come on every new toilet. Tissue is good for drying but it is not designed to clean anything, and it does not.

  10. Coming from a Muslim family living in the gulf countries, washing after urinating or defecating is a must for both genders; so having a sprayer (shattaf) next to the toilet is normal for us.
    On the rare occasions that the sprayer is broken then we use the tabo ( I had only used it once ; when i was somewhere away from home , and was very uncomfortable to use ).
    So I was shocked to stay in a (5 stars; not even worth it) hotel in Dubai only to find that their toilet has only rolls next to it O.O! I took a fast shower everytime I use the toilet, and then a long shower before going to bed! That’s how filthy I felt.
    And don’t get me started to talk about how much my younger brothers complained about the whole ordeal -_-;
    Next time I might buy a portable shattaf ( just saw one on youtube) for the convenience or even change the hotel all together.

  11. For many years – can’t remember when I started – I’ve soaked a wad of toilet paper in order to wash my anus – then followed up with dry paper until I’m as clean as possible. I installed a bidet in my last home but my wife poo-poohed the idea (yes – I know) . It seemed unhygienic to actually use ones hand and soap and there’s the rinsing of the bowl afterwards. Actually it must be more hygienic than using dry paper. There are huge gaps in the matrix of toilet paper through which bacteria can pass. That’s why wet paper is better. But washing ones hands thoroughly should kill fecal bacteria. A year ago I was in Sri Lanka and, although we were provided with toilet tissue, there was also a spray. They’re available through the web in the UK and I shall be installing one sooner than later. Less rubbing on the sensitive rectum – no doubt evolution never catered for bum wiping – else we’d all have longer arms! But there’s still the problem of drying a wet bum – with what?

  12. I am a guy who was raised using a bidet. It is a matter of personal hygiene and cleanness. I bought a handheld bidet sprayer online from and to be frank with you, I loved the quality of the product (made of stainless steel!), its design (so sleek), the easiness of installation and the water pressure!
    Happy bums to all

  13. A former wiper, I’m currently using a small plastic spoon and a squirt bottle to clean my anus, but I’m also investigating a bidet sprayer. One vendor mentions that a sprayer is good for “directing a blast of water into the pipes” for a light and refreshing sensation. Well, once the squirt bottle water stream accidentally breached my sphincter muscle and the water entered my rectum. After releasing the water, I did like the light and refreshing sensation, so I repeated the action several times. After about two hours, I discovered considerable mucus running down my leg as I was walking, so moderation may be indicated. I assume that the water made my rectal mucus thinner and it pooled at the bottom of my rectum and then leaked out when my anus was forced open slightly from internal pressure.

  14. Hi,
    I’m from south asia and was never ready for the toilet paper wipe down here in the US. I installed the bidet from called aquaus and boy all of us in the family are ever happy. Its proudly made in the US and the best part is that they have 2 models to chose from. One that is connected to the toilet flush tank water line with only cold water and the other model that attaches to the bathroom faucet tap wherein you have the hot and cold water option !!!! Yup no more cold splash on the bum !!! We have been using it for the past 3 years with no issues ! They have 2 variable length tubings too for the bidet.
    GO for it and you’ll never be dirty again down there :-)

  15. Those idiots who say they don’t like other people’s poop inside them they need to grow up and educate themselves. Ignorant fools must be english or american dumbass

  16. Nice one Shabz – glad you could contribute to this article by causing all us English and Americans to consider the alternative usage for the word ‘arsehole’ in this thread – i.e. a person whose speech or behaviour identifies them as stupid, inept, boorish, offensive or maladjusted. You fit those definitions quite nicely, Shabz.

  17. Hello! We from Indonesia proudly wash after each urination and defecation. Either using plastic scoop, built-in bidet or sprayer. I personally prefer the sprayer. When my family traveled to Europe a while ago, we only have toilet paper beside the toilet. So, we used a mineral water bottle as a scoop. No worries.

  18. I like how ‘Americans’ (and by that, you presumably mean US Americans and Canadians) are ‘Americans’ in this article (no South America?) but ‘Britons’ are ‘Brits’. Oh and we have shattafs and bidets here in Britain, so I doubt there are that many people who’ve never come across washing instead of wiping.

  19. After elimination, I wipe very thoroughly, several times, using toilet paper. Then I wash my active hand, wipe again using a soaking wet wash cloth, rinse out the wash cloth, and repeat. Finally, I use a soft dry wash cloth to dry my anus and buttocks (this feels very good). I do all of this while remaining seated on the toilet. Later in the day, I often use a wet washcloth to keep things fresh. If I’m away from home and can’t use water to finish up, then I just let myself enjoy feeling a little bit naughty.

  20. I like the idea of the tabo, but your instructions are a bit “ass-backwards.” Pardon me while a chortle smugly to myself….You can wipe with toilet paper first, I believe ALWAYS with toilet paper first for any butt-cleaning method. And THEN wash your butt to clean the residue. This is a much more effecient and sane method.

  21. We recently bought a toilet seat type bidet and everyone in the family (me, wife, 11 & 14 y/o boys) love it. Wife and I particularly feel much cleaner not having to stick our hand in the toilet and wipe our butts. The seat rinses and dries with the press of a button. We walk away as clean as getting out of the shower. We got ours at Everyone we’ve talked to that has one loves it and the people that try ours at home like them a lot. It’s still new to many people but we think it will catch on.

  22. Yeah Shabz!! I agree. What kind of idiots don’t like other peoples poop inside their butts? It befuddles me.. You people really need to grow up. This is why we can’t have nice things.

  23. i used to live in a country where all we use is shower spry to clean (and i think its the best one rather than the one thats inside the toilet )and then i moved to north america and i never saw any place with it unless the home owner install it and even when i mention it to people they think it wont do the job of cleaning but how come ? its like taking a shower u will be cleaner than using paper in less time !

  24. Wiping is better, there is no residual poop left on your bunghole after wiping. Washing kind of makes you feel gay! Like queer gay not happy gay. I’ve tried both and I prefer wiping, it is easy, there is no fondling poop, which is a huge drawback to the eastern style. I’ve heard it’s so bad that they don’t even extend their left hands to offer a courtesy handshake…..

  25. Washing waters down your poop causing it to dissolve making a nasty mess. Wiping gets it all in a one and don’t clean sweep! Plus with wiping you aren’t required to touch any poop!

  26. Personally i use tiolet paper then wipes for the rim and if i still dont feel clean use a bit of soap ona flannel and shower spray then dry and use talk

  27. I was surprised that there are people in the world who don’t use water to clean down there.
    I am here because of a search about the word ‘Shattaf’, I was wondering why it has an Arabic name, if it is universal thing
    by the way the Shattaf means washer or cleaner
    my search result is that it is not universal, and some people wipe their buts by tissues. WOW.

  28. The product I have found to help me with personal cleansing is not intended for this purpose, therefore, I can’t, in good conscience, recommend it to anyone else. I can only tell you that it works for me. When no other solution seemed right for my particular situation and needs, I was stumped. Then in a Eureka moment, I thought of a hand-held pressure sprayer, the kind used to apply weed or insect killer. I know,I laughed for three days. When I was done laughing, I ordered a 1 gallon tank with a psi of 35-45. It is totally plastic. I continued to laugh for days. I fill the tank with a weak solution of vinegar and water. I call my contraption Poo-B-Gon. I wish someone would manufacture a similar product meant for this use, but until they do, I will just have to make do.

  29. The product I have found to help me with personal cleansing is not intended for this purpose, therefore, I can’t, in good conscience, recommend it to anyone else. I can only tell you that it works for me. When no other solution seemed right for my particular situation and needs, I was stumped. Then in a Eureka moment, I thought of a hand-held pressure sprayer, the kind used to apply weed or insect killer. I know,I laughed for three days. When I was done laughing, I ordered a 1 gallon tank with a psi of 35-45. It is totally plastic. I continued to laugh for days. I fill the tank with a weak solution of vinegar and water. I call my contraption Poo-B-Gon. I wish someone would manufacture a similar product meant for this use, but until they do, I will just have to make do.

  30. Why buy a bidet. I just sit on the side of the bathtub and use a detachable shower spray. Boom all clean

  31. Why are people so disgusted by their own body? Do you feel a sense of revulsion when you look at the food on your plate? Because that is what stool is — what YOU eat. Not anyone else. It is your own body — your own perspiration, stool, dead skin, pubic hairs — the whole lot — no one elses! Why are you so disgusted by it?
    I am a westerner and have been washing my own body after passing water or stool for 50 years now. I am a life-time vegetarian, don’t smoke, don’t drink alcohol and my body does not ever smell. After passing water you wash with water. After passing stool you wash with soap. All you need is a plastic jug and either squat (healthier) or sit on the toilet seat. Right toward the back and then fill the plastic jug with water from the tap (or use the shower head if it is close) and wash from the front using your left hand. Using toilet paper is just smearing stool over your body! Yuk.
    Keep a washcloth for drying. Bye.

  32. People do shower after going to the toilet and passing stool/feces from their body and then washing themselves clean.
    They just do not do it immediately because by that one action of passing stool your whole body releases perspiration-sweat-odor. Depending on your diet it can smell bad. (onions, garlic, leeks, processed cheese, animal and fish products all stink). So it is best to wait for half an hour and then shower with soap. That way the perspiration (odor) on your skin and scalp is released and then removed by a soap shower (or bucket bath — bucket of water with plastic jug and squat) caused by the action of passing stool. Westerner who has always washed after ‘toilet’. Bye. Hope this makes sense.

  33. How do you dry yourself afterwards? This was my biggest question when I was in India, if I use the tabo or water spray and there is no toilet paper on the side, do I just pull up my underwear and pants while my buttcheeks and legs are all wet? To me that’s uncomfomfrotable.

  34. A jet spray with a long pipe fitted on the right hand side of the wc is the best option to wash yourself. You wash your dishes, you wash your clothes, you wash your hand and you wash even your car, then why not your anus too. No matter how nicely you do you can never get that ‘clean’ feeling after using only the paper/any other similar thing. Wash it and wipe it with tissue or towel, whatever. And if you do not find any water jet/bidet use mineral water bottle. Wash your hands twice with soap and be happy. I am sure people who clean themselves with just paper remain dirty down there and stink

  35. PHILIPPINE NIGHTMARE ——— I am from California but now live in the Philippines. The idea of washing instead of wiping sounded like a great idea. So I tried it out. Problem. Most bathrooms (CR for Comfort Room) in the Philippines are filthy. Second, they often have little or no source of clean water to wash one’s butt. Often they lack a sink in which to wash one’s hands. And I do not know how many urinals I have used which have no running water. Thus the stench can be overpowering. The bathroom may be wet but it is often from pea, not fresh water. I have even been in hospitals where the floor was running with pea and no water available for washing one’s hands much less one’s butt. As for tissue paper, forget it. Tissue paper seems to be for using for a picnic lunch, not for wiping or drying anything in the bathroom. The article speaks of lathering up soap and washing. Good luck. I almost never find any soap in Filipino bathrooms. Toilet seats? There often are none. Instead one squats over the toilet (if they have a toilet instead of a hole in the floor) to do their thing. It is really disgusting when you think that people still use their hands to tidy up their butt hole. Then they prepare food and wonder why you do not want to eat it. Even worse, people here often eat with their fingers, not forks and spoons. Disease is rampant here. I wonder why?

  36. Wiping after you poop is not cleanliness! You MUST wash it with Soap! To The Wipers people out there please Stop it. That is not a proper hygeine!

  37. So if I understand this correctly, all of the listed “wash” methods above seem as unsanitary as any dry wipes. All of the spraying methods involve something with water pressure like a shower, which means the pressure of the water splatters. This would get fecal matter on your butt cheeks as it splatters, possibly your legs, maybe up your back. If you hold it underneath you so it only goes vertically to avoid blasting fecal matter onto other parts of the body, the fecal water falls down on the showerhead or your hand.

    As far as the bucket and washing by hand and pouring water down your crack, that would mean you are wiping your butt with your hand, getting fecal matter all over your hand, which is far worse than dry wipes. Pretty disgusting.

    I suppose if you want to wash, baby wipes or some strong (but somehow still flushable) paper might be best. But Paper strong enough not to have fecal water leak through onto your hand usually isn’t flushable. So I fail to see how blasting fecal matter everywhere with water pressure or getting it all over your hand is any better, especially if you wipe thoroughly.

  38. Americans think, Taking a dump and washing their hands make them hygenic. Washing your butt is 100% hygenic. Wiping is stupid and no where on earth someone could clean their ass 100% by wiping. They are just walking with the salads in their butt holes.

  39. there is an alternative to expensive bidets and that will ease those who fear having a bidet or washer shooting fecal matter on their own rears. Check out I am hooked. It’s a natural spray with cleansing ingredients that sprays on TP. The just wipe as usual. Surprisingly the TP stays completely intact with the spray and it really cleans. It has a nice scent too!

  40. Why not just use baby wipes and call it a day?? I have a friend who wipes with his hand and it freaks me out. I don’t want him touching me or any food I may consume. I mean it totally gross. The walls are really thing too so I can ear everything. I can only imagine that he is spraying poop water everywhere. I am sure he doesn’t use hot water to wash his hands…. Totally third world….. gross

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