Do you look at the toilet paper after wiping? ANSWERED

It might sound weird to look at the toilet paper after you are wiping. Why look at stains on toilet paper? 

This can provide useful information though.

 For example, you can check if you need to wipe more or are almost done.

Furthermore, the color can also provide input. For example, if the color is different than you expect, this is something that you can examine further as it can indicate some problems.

You can also see if the toilet paper that you are using is not strong enough and keeps breaking. If this is the case, you can opt for stronger toilet paper. Make sure that it is possible to flush it though as toilet paper can clog up toilets!

Most people don’t look after every wipe but tend to do so from time to time while they are cleaning themselves. This way you know when you are done wiping.

How to use the toilet paper for wiping

If you’ve ever been in a situation where you had very little toilet paper, you know that it’s important to grab a decent amount of paper. This is the most important part of the cleaning process. You don’t want to have to be limited in how much toilet paper you can grab or how long you can spend cleaning yourself. 

You want to be able to get clean and then move on with your day as soon as possible. You want to be able to grab as much paper as you want to ensure that you are getting clean and have enough paper to last you. When you’re cleaning yourself, you want to make sure that you are covering all cleanable parts of your body in toilet paper. This includes your backside, front side, and any other areas that you have hair and need to clean. 

Use a wiping motion and drop it in the toilet bowl once you are done with one wipe. Take another piece of paper and wipe it again. Keep doing this until the paper is clean. This might feel quite uncomfortable at first. It can take quite a lot of wipes to get everything clean.

You should flush regularly as toilet paper can clog up the drain if you don’t. If you notice that the toilet bowl is getting full, you can use the toilet flush. This makes sure that the drains can push the toilet paper away.

It is a great idea to have some spare toilet rolls in the bathroom as you never know when you will need more paper. Having 5-10 rolls nearby is not that uncommon and makes sure that you won’t run out of paper.

A test to make sure that you have good toilet paper is to dip it in water 3 times. If it doesn’t break up, it can indicate that the toilet paper is of lower quality and might clog the drains or your septic system. Avoid cheap toilet paper as this can cause problems.

It is important to remember that in some countries it is not possible to flush toilet paper as this will clog the drains. The toilet paper has to be disposed of in a bin next to the toilet.

Using a bidet instead of toilet paper

If you don’t want to look at the toilet paper after you have used it, you can consider getting a bidet.

Handheld Bidet sprayer

This form of bidet is usually found in modern bathrooms across several regions of the world such as Asia and some parts of Europe. You can easily tell this bidet apart because it resembles a miniature shower head that’s mounted on the wall right next to the toilet seat.

Sometimes, the sprayer could be attached to the toilet tank itself. Yet, either way, both locations should allow you easy access to the sprayer head from your position on the toilet seat.

Handheld bidets are a breeze to use because of their freedom of movement. You can direct the stream of water to the exact spot you want to wash without having to lean forward or backward.

Built-in Bidet

Built-in bidets can sometimes be hard to notice because their location is more discreet than handheld bidets. See, a built-in bidet is just a nozzle that sits right underneath the rim of the toilet seat, shooting water in one direction, unlike a handheld bidet.

Some built-in bidets automatically release a vertical stream of water after you flush the toilet. Others are manual, depending on you to turn on a wall-mounted or toilet-mounted knob to work.

Similar to a built-in bidet is a bidet attachment, which also includes a nozzle shooting water at your rear. Yet, what makes an attachment different is that it usually comes with a small control pad that allows you to tinker with the water pressure, angle, and, sometimes, temperature.

Freestanding Bidet

A freestanding bidet will look you in the eye as soon as you walk into a bathroom!

It’s hard to miss a freestanding bidet since it resembles a cross between a sink and a toilet seat, and it’ll usually sit right next to the toilet.

Normally, freestanding bidets are equipped with jets or faucets, and you can use them facing backward or forward. It’s based on the area you want to wash.

Now that you’re familiar with the different styles of bidets, it’s time to learn how to work your way around each one of them.

Step 1: Use the Toilet and Wipe With Toilet Paper

The next thing you should do is use the toilet. Then, you’ll have the option either to wipe yourself with toilet paper before using the bidet or go straight for the bidet without wiping. It’s all up to your preferences.

Yet, for a first-time user, we recommend that you use toilet paper first if you don’t want your hands to get dirty. This scenario is also better if you’ll need to get up and move over to a freestanding bidet, which, in some cases, may not be very close to the toilet.

Step 2: Wash Your Front or Rear Using the Bidet

Based on the type of bidet you have, it’s time to direct water to your genitals and get yourself clean. Yet, before you do that, it’s always a good option to remove your pants or undergarments if you’re worried that they might get soaked in the process.

Here’s a more in-depth description of the proper way to use each bidet:

Using a Handheld Bidet

After finishing your business and wiping, unhook the handheld bidet from its position on the wall or the toilet tank. On the mini showerhead, you’ll find a lever that releases a stream of water once you press it.

Simply enough, position the sprayer nozzle where you need to clean yourself and let the water do its job. If you want to increase your sanitary experience, you’ll want to get your other hand involved to make sure your front or rear is completely clean.

When you’re done, just put the spray head where it was, dry your body with toilet paper, and wash your hands with water and soap.

Using a Built-in Bidet

Here, you’ll need to be extra careful so that you don’t shoot a strong stream of water that might hit the opposite wall!

When turning on a built-in bidet, slowly turn on the knob, letting the water pressure build up gradually until you get the desired results. You might also need to shift a little bit in your position on the toilet seat to let the water reach your front or rear.

Then, just like the previous method, use your hands to thoroughly clean yourself. After that, turn the knob to stop the water stream, dry your front or rear with toilet paper, and wash your hands.

Using a Freestanding Bidet

After wiping your genitals with toilet paper, get up and straddle the freestanding bidet so that the area that you need to clean faces the jets.

Then, simply put those jets to work and wash your front or rear until you’re 100% sure they’re clean.

If you’re a woman or anyone with a vulva, remember to wash your front first before directing the water to your rear just like you’d wipe front-to-back. This ensures that no bacteria that resides around your bottom gets to your front and causes all kinds of trouble!


Using toilet paper can be challenging at first for anyone. In this post, we have outlined how you can use toilet paper correctly. It can take some getting used to but you will get the hang of it. Some people prefer to use a bidet anyway as they can’t get used to wiping with toilet paper.