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Poor Quality, Coarse Toilet Paper Could be Causing your UTI, How to Change this

We explore better alternatives to toilet paper

I have always had a question. On why we have to use wet wipes for babies after they poop but we the adults use hard, tough toilet paper on our butts. I think it is very unfair and does not make sense at all. Toilet paper is tough, could cause injuries on your perineal area and does not really do its job well. You see if you are too rough with toilet paper you are likely to cause anal fissures on your butt area and that would be really irritating and painful.

Women have also complained about getting UTI after using low quality, coarse toilet paper that does not wipe your butt clean and they have had fecal material getting into the urethra causing all forms of problems.

According to an article on Yahoo, use of coarse toilet paper could be a leading factor to injuries on your private parts as well as a cause of UTI. “Getting micro-cuts from toilet paper is not such an uncommon thing,” says Marc Leavey, MD, an internist at Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center.

The solution to this can be:

  • Use of wet family cloths

Family cloths can either be bought from stores such as amazon or you can make them on your own at home using old cloths cut out and then carefully hemmed at the edges and you can use appropriate moisturizers or even warm water when you want to wipe yourself. Once you have done so, you need to make sure to wash up the family cloth for use again. When it comes to washing it, make sure that you use very hot water and also use anti-septics that are going to kill all the germs that might spread from one cloth to the other causing all forms of trouble.

The beauty about family cloths is that they are reusable. Yes, you no longer need to feel as though you are flushing away money everytime you use the toilet as you felt when using toilet paper. Those who do frugal living have highlighted the use of reusable family cloths as one of the ways that they help cut costs. It is also an environmentally effective way since you are saving on the cut down of trees as well as the blocking of septic systems and all that.

The downside is that they can cause spread of germs when you do not wash them with hot water and antiseptics. Your guests might also feel that you are filthy having to use family cloths after pooping.

  • Use of flushable wet wipes

I am a faithful user of flushable wet wipes. These wipes are just like baby wipes but the difference is that they are larger so as to effectively cover up your bum. They are also truly flushable although it does take time before the wipe actually disintegrates to nothing. It has been approximated that it takes 1 hour before the wipe does disintegrate to small chunks that can then flow down your sewer without clogging.

The downside is that it does really take time before this type of wipes do actually flush down. There has also been false adverts of wipes that do not actually flush and end up clogging your septic system which puts you in the bad books of the municipal council which is something that you do not want happening to you. To avoid this, you need to make sure that you only buy the best flushable wipes in the market that are fragrance free, friendly to your butt and contain no alcohol which would irritate your skin.

  • Use of bidets and water

Muslims have for a long time been using water to wipe their butts after visiting the toilet and this has worked out greatly for them. It is therefore a no wonder that we have every hotel worth its salt having a bidet where one can quickly wash their bottom after a number 2.

Use of bidets with water is good because it ensures that your butt is really clean and it would not cause any anal fissures since bidets do not irritate your skin and they are gentle on you. It also saves on trees, water to grow the trees and chlorine to bleach them when making toilet paper

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