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Wet toilet paper: this is why you shouldn't use it

Moist toilet tissues, also called moist toilet paper, consist of a non-woven fabric that has been provided with a lotion. One in four uses them. There are four reasons why you shouldn't do it.

Wet wipes are useful, after all, they clean everything well after a bowel movement. But most of them think wrong there.

1. Moist toilet paper does not dissolve

Many packaging of single-use textiles was and still is stated that they can be flushed. Consumers wrongly assume that they are allowed to flush the products down the toilet and that they dissolve within a short time. However, this is not the case. Damp toilet paper often consists of robust textile fibers that do not decompose in water. Instead, the scarves are linked to form thick braids, as in London, for example.

It is also important that you flush your lines regularly. This is possible, for example, if you do not only use the water-saving button on your toilet or if you switch off the water-saving function of your devices for a short time, advises Stephan Natz, press spokesman for Berliner Wasserbetriebe, t-online.de. With this you support that the residues in the sewer system can be flushed more easily and quickly to the sewage plant.

It's not just damp toilet paper that is a problem for the sewer system. All disposable textiles or nonwovens such as cosmetic tissues, baby wipes or dusters do not dissolve on their way to the sewage treatment plant.

2. Wet wipes cost twice

Consumers are not only asked to pay for the purchase of the product. Since the wet wipes do not dissolve in the sewage, they clog the sewer pipes and pumps. The specialists then have to carry out appropriate cleaning and repairs of the machines and components of the sewer system by hand. This causes costs that will sooner or later be passed on to the wastewater fee for consumers.

3. Damp toilet paper is unhealthy

So that damp toilet paper has its cleaning effect, it is moistened with a lotion that smells pleasant and leaves a feeling of cleanliness after use. To achieve this, wet wipes have a more intensive cleaning effect than normal soap. Some manufacturers use ingredients that are questionable in some cases:

Parabens: Many wet wipes contain parabens. They increase the durability of the wipes, but can also have a negative effect on the human hormonal balance, the nerves or the glands.

Surfactants: The lotion on the wet wipes consists of various substances that remain mixed with the help of surfactants. Surfactants help with cleaning, but can also change the healthy pH value of the skin and thus damage the natural protective layer of the skin and the mucous membranes. The result: the treated parts of the body become more susceptible to bacteria and fungi - infections and eczema are threatened.

alcohol: The disinfecting alcohol that is part of some intimate cleansing wipes can also damage the skin - especially if it contains more than three percent. Then alcohol has a cell-damaging effect.

Fragrances: The fragrances contained can trigger allergies or irritate the skin strongly instead of caring for it - this also applies to normal toilet paper with fragrances.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Herold, visceral surgeon and proctologist at the End and Colon Center Mannheim, recommends normal toilet paper or water for cleaning after a bowel movement. If necessary, you can also combine both, says Prof. Herold. He is not aware that industrially produced, damp toilet paper could prevent potential diseases, he tells t-online.de.

Our tip
If you would like to continue using damp toilet paper, dispose of the used wipes in the residual waste. Alternatively, you can use self-made sprays and lotions that are sprayed onto the paper.

4. Moist toilet paper is too expensive

Industrially produced, moist toilet tissues are very costly in view of the composition and the useful life. With few resources and little effort you can make this paper yourself. You need:

  • high quality toilet paper
  • Baby oil
  • Baby soap or pH neutral soap
  • distilled water
  • Box with lid for storage

Place the wipes one at a time in the box. Mix the liquids together and then pour them over the towels.

The self-made wet wipes can be kept for about a week. Then the ingredients may tip over and start to smell unpleasant. You can use coconut oil instead of baby oil and soap.

"Water is more hygienic than toilet paper. The best way to clean it is to use a seat washbasin", advises Andreas Braun, Department of Sanitary Technology at the Central Association of Sanitary, Heating, and Air Conditioning, t-online.de.