Did you know that before the invention of toilet paper people used strange objects to clean their behinds? For instance, corn or coconut shells!

Romans used a rough sponge on a stick. Whereas, Greeks used ceramic stone shards. Not to think of the French Monks who used Goosenecks! It is known that Americans do a lot with corn. So it is not strange that the Americans used old corn cobs with that hairy top to wipe their butt. In the African continent, people used coconut shells and banana leafs because these contained fewer bacteria than other objects.

During the 16th till 18th-century people started to use old dirt (sand or mud) to wipe and clean their butt. Back then, this was seen as a normal habit in daily life. Imagine using your bare hands to clean your back after taking a dump. The invention of the real toilet paper took place at the end of the 18th-century. But became a mass industry at the late 19th-century. And we can guess who invented this technological piece of artwork… thank you China!

American Toilet Corn Paper

American Toilet Corn Paper

European Butt Scraper

Roman Sponge Stick Wiper