All the Ways We’ve Wiped: The History of Toilet Paper and What Came Before

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PeriodApr 15 2020

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  • TitleAll the Ways We’ve Wiped: The History of Toilet Paper and What Came Before
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletHistory
    CountryUnited States
    Date4/15/20
    DescriptionAt the onset of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, store shelves were quickly emptied of toilet paper, revealing the commodity’s prominent, yet unspoken role in modern-day society. Although humans have cleaned their bottoms for as long as they have walked the Earth, “three-ply” and “extra-soft” didn’t always describe toilet hygiene. Before the introduction of mass-produced, commercially available toilet paper in the mid-1800s and the continued improvements made into the early 20 century, people relied on less luxurious ways to wipe their bums.
    Producer/AuthorCrystal Ponti
    URLhttps://www.history.com/news/toilet-paper-hygiene-ancient-rome-china
    PersonsBarry Kudrowitz