When the first lockdown was announced back in March 2020, the country went mad for loo roll.

People stockpiled the stuff like it was the cure we all need. Before 2020 it’s not something we ever would have really worried about (unless particularly skint or you’ve forgotten to go shopping).

What can you do though if you can’t get your hands on any?

You might be surprised to find that many countries don’t rely on toilet paper the way we do in the West.

In many Asian countries, the plumbing system can’t cope with paper, and toilet roll isn’t always affordable or accessible. So what do they use? Water!

Wash it away. While you might think of a bidet, again they’re not all that common. In Asian homes and restaurants it’s common to find a ‘lota’ or washing jug. Think of a teapot shape and you’re close. They have a spout to direct the water, or you could use a clean bottle.

Metro has helpfully provided you with a step by step guide of how to get squeaky clean.

  • Fill the lota with lukewarm water.
  • After doing your business, remain on the throne and lean forward, back or to the side.
  • Pour copious amounts of water on the appropriate location.
  • Use your hand to aid in the cleansing.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and dry up.

Others use a smaller version of a shower head to get clean (don’t use the actual shower head though. Not hygienic and you’ll end up with an accidental wet room for a bathroom.)

You can add soap or soapy water, but it’s not essential and many people don’t.

Newspapers, wet wipes and baby wipes are all a major no, and shouldn’t be flushed unless you want an expensive visit from the plumber. It’s also really bad for the environment.

If you can’t face the thought of just water, how about reusable toilet paper? In a similar style to cloth nappies, you can buy squares of fabric to wash and reuse. Fans of the method say this is better for the environment than disposable paper.  One fan of the method told the Daily Mail that living “without toilet paper has not only saved money, but it is also environmentally friendlier, since the production of toilet paper involves the destruction of thousands of trees.”

One family said they were spending $136 a year on paper, but by switching to cloth they saved. The total cost of material, washing, detergent and water amounted to just $42 a year.

Some users did admit it can be tricky when out and about away from home.

Would you ever give up loo roll?

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