The History of Cleaning Your Butt
15 Jan, 2018
The evolution of mankind can be accurately gauged by our survival and resilience, technological advancements, and quite frankly… how we shit. Think about it. Before TUSHY, what archaic, unsanitary ways did people use to reckon with the mud tracks in their crack.
In Japan, flat sticks, a bit like tongue depressors, known as chügi, were drawn from left to right over the soiled area.
In ancient Greece, pottery shards were used with a similar scraping motion. Sometimes these pottery fragments would be inscribed with the name of an enemy before being used.
Sticks and Stones
Native Americans used twigs, dry grass, small stones, and even oyster or clam shells.
In rural agrarian communities, handfuls of straw were frequently used, but one of the most popular items to use for clean-up was dried corncobs. They were plentiful, and quite efficient at cleaning. They could be drawn in one direction, or turned on an axis. They were also softer on tender areas than you might think. Even after toilet paper became available, some people in Western states still preferred corncobs when using the outhouse.
When wiping our asses with leaves and rocks proved unsanitary, we graduated to tersorium, a sea sponge latched to a stick, stored in a bucket of salt water or vinegar developed by the Greco-Romans. Not bad, except those same fecal drenched sponges were then reused over and over. That’s like taking off a condom, washing it off a little and then putting it back on the next go around. Ineffective and pretty disgusting.
The first known reference to toilet paper in the West does not appear until the 16th century, when satirist François Rabelais mentions that it doesn't work particularly well at its assigned task. Modern toilet paper wasn’t commonly available in the United States until the mid 19th century. Before it was manufactured in the 4 ½” rolls, toilet paper came in bundles of flat sheets, roughly the size of the box of Kleenex.
Traditionally, people in the Middle East, India and parts of Europe use strategically aimed jets of water, or separate fixtures known as bidets. In those cases, toilet paper is simply used to dry off. With most developed countries, like the UK, South Korea, Japan, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, (deep breath) Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, Lebanon, India, and Pakistan using bidets, the world has obviously since evolved to more sophisticated and effective methods of post-poo cleaning.
It’s time for the U.S. to catch up to modern times. With TUSHY, that upgrade is affordable and… about to happen! Get out of the 1800s and #stopwipingstartwashing.