Raging toilet debate sparked over ‘which way to wipe’ – and thousands are clashing over the ‘correct’ method
- A TikToker learned her friend wipes through her legs, not ‘around the back’
- She was outraged and thought everyone wiped the same way
- Experts have warned there is one way you should never wipe
Fierce debate has broken out online over the correct way to wipe after using the toilet – but the argument has raised worrying health concerns.
Millions were shocked when they realised some people wipe themselves back to front rather than front to back – but more were mindblown that some reach ‘through’ their legs instead of ‘around the back’ to wipe.
The debate was triggered after TikToker Sam Doll learned that her friend wipes ‘through her legs’ towards the back.
‘Okay am I fu**king crazy? because I wipe my a** like this,’ Sam said as she demonstrated her own method.
‘Is someone playing a prank on me? Do half of you women wipe yourselves from the front? What are you doing?’ Sam asked.
The debate was triggered after TikToker Sam Doll learned that her friend wipes ‘through her legs’ towards the back
People at both sides of the debate are fiercely defending their own views, but experts say that one method can have dangerous effects
‘I cannot believe people that close to me wipe themselves like that.’
Sam was further shocked when thousands of her followers admitted they also wipe the same way.
‘Never even knew front was a thing. I’m 48!’ one surprised woman said.
‘Sadly I’m with your friends, but I know it’s the wrong way. Can’t do it your way, hurts my arm,’ another commented.
Several people agreed that they find it sore, or they feel like their arms aren’t long enough to do the job.
‘Look.. some of us were plagued with T-rex arms and physically cannot reach behind,’ one woman said.
However, gynecologists’ warn against any method other than a traditional ‘front to back’ as it can cause serious issues for women.
‘You should wipe front to back in order to prevent the tracking of bacteria from your anus to your front and prevent infection,’ she said.
Research suggests the most common cause of urinary tract infection is from faeces accidentally entering the urethra. If this happens, experts suggest rinsing the area with cool water and increasing your fluid intake to rinse out bacteria.
Some of those who find it uncomfortable to wipe front the back have opted to use bidets instead, a popular toilet accessory in Europe and Asia.
The use of a bidet was another debate that recently took over TikTok, after a TikToker, known as LovegoodAllie, revealed she would no longer buy toilet paper because she prefers to use a bidet.
‘There is no way water gets all of it away,’ one shocked woman said.
‘You should definitely give people a heads up or keep some toilet paper for when guests come over. Being caught off guard by that isn’t nice,’ another wrote.
However, many other people believe the tool is cleaner than just using toilet paper, and causes less toilet paper waste.
Although many agree, research suggests a bidet’s nozzle can contain bacteria, which can cause particular risk of infection for women, especially those are pregnant.