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How do Muslims clean their bums after poop

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Not until recently when I went to Tunisia for a trip, I realise that Muslim people don’t use toilet paper to clean their bums after poop. Instead, they clean with water using their left hand, usually a bidet or jug. That is why in Muslim toilets each toilet cubicle has a jug of water on top of the cistern.

This habit exists in Arabic countries, India, and north Africa. In many Asian Countries, people use a system where they do not sit, they squat and after the business they wash normally using a spicket to spray it out. Therefore, a special tip for travelling to these countries is: always keep some toilet paper in your bag, and pack some toilet rolls in your luggage.


I don’t mind squirt my bum with water and then use toilet paper to wipe dry, as long as my hand is not in direct contact with my behind. The problem is that I found the direction of the jets does not point to the anal area. It is extremely difficult to position yourself over the water jets so that the water hit the desired area. Another problem is the temperature of water. Once I ended up burning my sensitive area when I turn on the bidet. I remember I left the temperature control at the exact place where its temperature was comfort last time!

Left or right

This is why Muslims never eat with the left hand nor give it out when shaking hands. They don't greet or shake hands with their left hand. It is considered disgusting and rude. When you eat a meal with them, it's a good idea to tuck your left hand under your thigh. Right hand is used for noble business such as putting on garment and shoes, entering the mosque, shaking hands, etc, whereas left hand are for dirty jobs like blowing nose.


Joker on March 14, 2020:

Wow. So much hate towards Muslims for cleaning their butts. If you want to walk about with dry shit between your bums, do it. Just don’t think that it’s somehow better then cleaning it with water.

Just an example: You fell in shit and now your face is in shit. Would you just wipe it off with paper and all’s cool? Seriously, people.

Of course you’d need to wash with soap to be fully clean, but water is definitely cleaner than some dry paper wipe.

Not only “muzlemz “ use water clean. All normal people do. Either with water or wet toilet paper, or taking shower right away. If you’re too lazy to be clean, then don’t blame others for being hygienic.

I’m not a religious person. I just have common sense.

Some Guy on March 14, 2020:

I’m Muslim and I confirm this. But I always hated cleaning my ass with my hand but I also think that just toilet paper is very unhygienic, because there’s always some shit left between the cheeks and walking around like this is pretty disgusting. I see more now wet toilet papers in stores which is definitely better than conventional TP. In my case, I use TP first until I’m all clean and then use water. Sometimes I also will use soap. Most Muslims living in western countries use TP+water to avoid direct contact with turds.

In short, the more you clean the better!

Just an advice to those who do not use water - use wet toilet paper at least. Take care of your body. Just dry-wipe isn’t enough.

your dad on May 30, 2019:

no matter how many times or how thoroughly you wash your hands there will always be a trace amount of fecal residue left behind

Lol on November 02, 2018:

When you wipe with tissue it not all clean you are left with staines. Cleaning with water is better than tissue cleans the area well. If you think tissue is better do not ahower use a tissue.

Adam on April 24, 2018:

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Majority of dirty old muslims wipe with their bare hand.!!! Imagine how many of those stinking muslims DON'T wash their hands after they take a shit !!

It's enough to gag a maggot !!!!!

Adnan kurdi on May 06, 2017:

I'm Kurdish Moslem person , cleaning by paper or water is acceptable by Islam role even if there isn't both one can use three stone ore clay , Islam goals is to keep person clean whatever is better that will be more acceptable by Islam ,so it is not important the way it is the goals is important

Laurie on February 12, 2017:

Baby wipes people.........2 or 3 of them!

I havent't used toilet paper at home for a decade at least. on January 25, 2017:

At home, after doing my toilet business, I hop in the shower and wash my butt out thoroughly, every time. At a workplace, or traveling, I have no choice but to use toilet paper. I hate it. You keep wiping and wiping and you never feel it's 100% clean. The moment I get home, I jump in the shower and wash my butt. What I don't understand is how anyone washes with just a cup of water in a public toilet. Me: european-background white western north american male.

rogan on August 26, 2016:

actually paper is not used for cleaning, it is used for drying.

when your dog take poop on your hand, do you clean your hand using water or just rub it using paper ? ? ? the logic says: clean it by water.

because, if you just rub your hand using paper, you wont get rid of the smell.

Ramallah on August 25, 2016:

I could not shake hands with Americans knowing that they do not use water to clean their bums. Just paper! Oh man,That's horrible. In India people use bidets, clean the hose pipe with warm soap water and then use soap water to clean the area. Then use paper to clean and dry the area. As simple as that. Most Americano are lazy and dirty. These worms lick anybody's private area including bums! Never shake hands with them. Indian and Japanese way of Namsthe is better always

Bert on October 18, 2015:

Wipe my ass never I just let the Muslim next door come and lick my ass clean with their left side of their tongues it seems to get him excited when the seat hits the rim

Ilikemozlems on September 14, 2015:

fact - water does not disinfect anything, actually water can contain dangerous bacteria.

Only when used with soap, and then rinse the soap off with fresh water are you actually cleaning yourself.

Wiping your ass is just maintenance before the shower.

But claiming that using some disgusting water dish is better then actual sanitary toilet paper is down right mozlem.

All of this really illuminates how mozlems dont want to integrate, think they are not equal but better....and if you listen to any mozlem in a position of power - they will take over the entire world eventually.

Ilikemozlems on September 14, 2015:

Islam consistently tries to differentiate itself from everyone else, and self promote itself as the best, but even a childs common sense can often see way past islamic supremacist propaganda.

Most non inbred people do not require a 'holy book' to teach about hygiene.

It is a fact that touching your own anus with your bare hand is disgusting. Especially when i've seen so many moslems with terrible nail cair; and they also eat with their hands.

For normal people who shower at least once a day(what does it say in the koran about showerin?) It would be utterly disgusting to use some little cup to get re-used crap water and clean yourself with that. (I'm trying to picture public washrooms here, cant imagine how gross it would be in a mozlems house.) Then what? you take the cup down and throw it in the dishwasher?

Atleast when a none moslem wipes there butt with white paper and doesnt get brown marks, they actually now they are clean. That is why you don't smell shit when in a crowded area of westerners...unless of course a mozlem has his hand near your face.

I actually have my daily poop and shower work out in a row as of late...great.

and I firmly maintain that my hand should never touch poop. Anything that touches poop goes directly into the designated disposal, but I'm really wondering - how exactly do they keep this hand wetting for the purpose of ass wiping dish clean? ...good guesss...just more water? would make sense I mean afterall, mohamed said camel urine can cure all ills......, maybe wash with camel urine? well - mohammed - the perfect example of a man would know for sure.

- when mozlems are using public toilets in the west, where do they get the water? toilet bowl? that would be the only water available after dropping the king coiler, and really, germ wise, what differnce would it make? right? compared to just having a small dish by the toilet.....

kostas on August 13, 2015:

If you don't use papper first you can't clean your anus properly. The best thing is to scavenge the are so no feces trace remains and then use water and soap to clean it. Otherwise your anus will still be dirty.

I can not undersatnd how is it possible for a religious book (Quran) to describe such things as washing your ass. Religion is about spirituality, reading about toilets is like reading a magazine, not a religious holy book. I've never read the Quran so I may be mistaken, but that's what I've heard.

SkullZ1204 on May 28, 2015:

Actually @Brownie that's just part of religious culture and what u said was extremely mean and rude. You should be ashamed of what you said about Muslims!What if someone said something mean and rude about ur religion or culture? How would u feel? on May 28, 2015:

@ Hope N

Do note that toilet paper is actually a soften-ed paper, and back in the days of the Prophet, they did have paper - all kinds and types of paper. Beside, we are not saying you're going to scoop poop off your ass then go and eat or touch others. Islam teaches Bathroom Etiquette. Yup, you heard it right! You have to first use water after using the toilet, AND it's advised to dry the water with a cloth or paper (toilet paper included) and discarded cleanly afterward. Secondly, you must wash your hands thoroughly (with soap, they had soap-like-leafs back in the Prophet's days called "Sidr"). Now you might think that's it right? Nope...the Islamic Bathroom Etiquette dictate that you MUST clean the toilet you used if it's dirty - this means it must also smell good for the next person to use it.


Have you ever came in contact with an actual Muslim (not a so-called Muslim) then we shall have your real thoughts. No, Hindu Indians are not Arabs and aren't Muslims -rolles eyes-.


It is not right to say Moslem (pronounced by people as Mozlem) as it means "one who is evil and unjust". The correct word is Muslim (a religious follower of the religion Islam (Islam have 5 definitions - Google that, not going to post it :-) )

Also, @Mehmet, when you "study" the Quran, you will realize that the word Koran is not correct either.


Japan been using this technique for a very long time, and they're not Muslims. Yet no one mentioned it illy. Just saying...

Hope N on April 19, 2015:

Had prophet Muhammed lived in our time now, he would have not recommended using your left hand to clean your behind, instead he would have encouraged you to use toilet papers first then the bidet and that is the healthy way to clean ourselves without exposing others to nasty germs and bacteria. So let us be more conscious when we are preparing food or eating in restaurants that we use toilet papers and then water and then we still wash our hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water before we touch anything else.

Jad on April 16, 2015:

You got it all wrong.I'm a muslim and the way I clean myself after i use the toilette is by water either a (bidet or a water spray) without having my hands in contact with my private areas. After that i wipe my private area dry with a toilet paper. This has nothing to do with You being a muslim or not. It is the healthy way to clean yourself. It is something you do because It feels more comfortable to go about your day feeling so fresh and so clean, your underwear is clean and there is no fecal residue stuck somewhere in between your butt cheeks.

yc on February 20, 2015:

Every one so cluey ??? Tell me...where did these desert beduins find water in the desert say 100 years ago ?? Their modern toilets display of toilet paper these days is only incidental... Need to ask more ?

Idris on December 31, 2014:

We have no paper where I live so just use unused sand to clean, like our camels and goats who have the itch

Robbie on December 21, 2014:

I have a Muslem friend and just give him a hug....... cleaner!

Ahmad on October 10, 2014:

What does that have to do with Moslems?

R. D. Wager on October 03, 2014:

I bought an appliance at Home Depot that attaches under the toilet seat and squirts water right in the proper spot. Wonderful and less than $70 bucks. Once you use it you will be hooked.

disgusted on April 14, 2014:

Is it really necessary to use your hand to wipe your ass when using bathrooms in the US ? There is plenty of toilet paper.

To wipe your ass with your hand after going to the bathroom

is nasty. The sink wasn't meant to run feces down it. You want me to believe and hope that you would be so careful as to not touch the faucet or the flusher with your crap wiped hand. Really?

I have to use the same bathroom. I never imagined that when I turn on the faucet, or squeeze the soap lever,... that someone before me whether Arab or not but Just an idiot got feces on the handles from their hand after wiping his ass.

The sink is not supposed to have fecal matter run down it.

Think about the poor plumber that has to eventually clean the trap.

That nasty stuff down the drain isn't supposed to be feces.

mehmet on January 02, 2014:

Cecelia have you used tobasco sauce? It works better than listerine. By the way you can use either word moslem or muslim. I studied the kuran (koran ) in my childhood.

hamza on December 04, 2013:

@cecelia don't be a dumb ass. Stop insulting our god and traditions. FYI Iam Muslim and proud.

Ps. It's not Moslem its MUSLIM

Certy on April 27, 2013:

Very bizarre , you people are not from here

Cecelia on April 19, 2013:

I am a Moslem and clean my bum with a mixture of mr clean Lysol and listerine . The burning pain is the pleasure of Allah

Maria Cecilia from Philippines on February 01, 2013:

Yeah I agree with Robie.... what ever hands you used as long as you wash your hands with soap and water after every deed then you are already clean, if you are not contented with that you can use a hand sanitizer after or alcohol. why not touch the behind where the poop goes out? it's your own behind that you must clean not anyone's... just a thought LOL.... nice hub anyway.... by the way I am not a Muslim too..

Robie Benve from Ohio on February 01, 2013:

Hi elfear, you make bidets sound like a mystic experience, I like your humor. However, in Italy and France they are in every family's bathroom, and we installed one in our American home as well - kinda puzzled the plummer! ;)

(BTW, we are not Muslims and we can use either hand. )

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