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What Did People Use for Wiping Before Toilet Paper?

What Did People Use for Wiping Before Toilet Paper?

By Daven Hiskey

JOJOs asks: I think we all want to know right now- what did people use to wipe before toilet paper? This brings us to the question of the hour- what did people use for wiping before toilet paper? For example, around 1857, Joseph Gayetty came up with the first commercially available toilet paper in the United States. They did a lot better than Gayetty, presumably because their original toilet paper wasn’t coated with aloe and moistened, thus was much cheaper. Of note here on this, in 1935, Northern Tissue boasted a “splinter free” toilet tissue in an advertisement, which would seem to imply that it was still somewhat common for toilet tissue to have the occasional splinter before that.)