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Origins of Toilet Paper

Toilet paper, we cant live without it.  The use of toilet paper for hygiene purposes has been recorded in China in the 6th century AD.  During the Ming Dynasty, special sheets of soft fabric toilet paper were made and each sheet of paper was perfumed.  Manufactured toilet paper started being mass produced in the 14th century.  Modern commercial toilet paper originated in the 19th century, with a patent for roll-based dispensers being made in 1883.

Before toilet paper was created and mass produced, humans found various items and methods to clean their bums.  Wealthy people wiped themselves with wool. lace or hemp.  Less wealthy people cleaned themselves in the river or cleaned themselves with rags, wood shavings, leaves. grass, hay, moss, water, snow, corn husks, fruit skins, corncobs, seaweed, and sticks – depending on the country, weather conditions and social customs. In Ancient Rome, a sponge on a stick was commonly used and then placed back in a pail of vinegar.

The rise of publishing in the 18th century led to the use of newspapers and cheap editions of books for cleansing. In many parts of the world, such as India, people consider using water a much cleaner and sanitary practice than using paper.  In many countries, modern plumbing and toilet paper are not available. Toilet paper

Moist wipes, known as wet wipes were first introduced in the United Kingdom in the 1990’s and in the United States in 2001. These wipes were promoted as a better method of cleaning than dry toilet paper.  Although wet wipes are promoted as flushable, they do not biodegrade in sewer systems and cause massive and major blockages. More than seven billion rolls of toilet paper are sold in the U.S. yearly.  De Hart plumbing Heating nd Cooling, serving Manhattan Kansas, Junction City Kansas, Topeka Kansas and some surrounding areas.

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