A new study suggests that a simple but effective method to keep a toilet paper roll from getting dirty may be worth trying for people who are not well-versed in using toilet paper.
Researchers from the University of Warwick and the University College London analyzed urine samples collected from 1,945 men and women aged 18 to 75 from around the country.
In the study, the researchers found that people who used toilet paper to clean their hands, knees and face a median of 1.2 times a month were more likely to report using toilet rolls as their primary toilet paper and less likely to wash the roll with soap.
“The results are interesting,” Dr. David O’Neil, the lead author of the study and a clinical lecturer in medicine at the University’s Department of Surgery, told Reuters Health.
“The toilet paper washes up in your hands and in your face, and it’s so easy to do it with your hands.”
“It’s not surprising that people are going to do that, but it’s the other side of it that is really interesting.”
O’Neil is also a consultant paediatrician and says the findings may also have important implications for parents, who may want to avoid using toilet tissue that is not made from the toilet paper but is also not completely free of fecal matter.
“It is really important for parents to think about how to keep the towels from getting into the toilet and so that’s really important, because you want the towel to be clean,” he said.
The research was published in the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.