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Perianal hygiene - practical advice

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Riverwalk Sun 15-Mar-20 13:05:28

In light of the many reports of loo paper being in short supply may I offer a very practical solution - it will also assist those who are infirm, very obese, or can't access show/bath and don't want to use wet wipes.

As a nurse I learned this from my Middle East women patients:

Knickers off, use the loo, then sit back as far as you can, legs apart. Then in one hand a jug of warm soapy water and start to pour slowly, from the front, using the other hand to guide the water and wash. You can reach all relevant parts from the front - the orifices are close together.


Oopsadaisy3 Sun 15-Mar-20 13:08:09

Let’s hope I don’t fall backwards off the loo, or stand up and slip on all the water that I’ve slopped on the floor.

I think though that we will have plenty of time to practise and it could prove useful. We should never have ripped out the bidets!

Esspee Sun 15-Mar-20 13:31:57

Thank you Riverwalk. I’m going to try that.

Elegran Sun 15-Mar-20 14:22:22

Oopsadaisy You don't need to lean back far enough to fall off!
The water won't slop on the floor - it is easy to tip it so that it pours slowly over the relevant parts. Repeated cystitis sufferers have used this method for years to mimic a bidet and wash every time they visit a loo. A small bottle can be refilled with warm water at the handbasin before entering the cubicle, and the empty bottle than kept in a poly bag in a handbag until next needed. The soapy bit is optional - it can be irritant on sensitive skin - but the running water is effective. It works!

Madgran77 Sun 15-Mar-20 15:48:51

Um maybe just use a sponge and rinse it out with hot water and soap!!!!

Oopsadaisy3 Sun 15-Mar-20 16:02:02

I have vertigo, I think I would end up on the floor!

I think the sponge might be the way for me to go.

Riverwalk Sun 15-Mar-20 16:26:51

daisy is your loo in the middle of the room? hmm

Yer don't have to lean back, and get vertiginous, just sit back (against the lid/wall) to make room for the running water and your hand!

crazyH Sun 15-Mar-20 16:32:49

I use wet wipes for babies - if it's good enough for babies, it's certainly good enough for adults. And btw, I use the wipes for sensitive skin - no perfume.

MiniMoon Sun 15-Mar-20 16:33:34

No problem here if we ru out of toilet paper. I've got a bidet in my bathroom. Unfortunately the hot tap doesn't work, so I'd have to have a cold wash. I dare say it could be quite refreshing??

JoyBloggs Sun 15-Mar-20 16:43:09

MiniMoon we have the opposite here... a bidet where only the hot tap works! Given the choice I think you have the more comfortable option! grin

phoenix Sun 15-Mar-20 16:49:37

I'm having difficulty trying to work out how anyone can fall backwards off the loo?confused

Fennel Sun 15-Mar-20 16:50:52

Another alternative, from a "Green Forum", I've mentioned before, from years ago.
Cut up all your old rags into squares and use these to wipe your back bottom. I think the front only needs water.
Keep a bucket of water next to the toilet and put the soiled rags into that, before laundering and re-using.
Sorry if this offends!

JackyB Sun 15-Mar-20 16:51:48

I was taught that by a midwife. Jugs were provided in the hospital loos for that purpose.

Jane10 Sun 15-Mar-20 17:04:01

I always wondered what those jugs were for,*JackyB*! Mystery solved after 36 years!

JuliaM Sun 15-Mar-20 17:29:14

My midwife used to teach all expectant mothers to save a large washing up liquid bottle, prefarably one of the old fashioned tall opaque white ones, as they were taller and easier to hold and squeeze in the same hand, fill it with warm water with a teaspoon of salt added to aid healing, and sit on the toilet or stand in the bath and squirt themselves with that!
Using a garden spray bottle, the type with a hose and wand also makes for a convienient portable shower, just fill with warm water and whatever liquid soap or shower gel you fancy.
I have also seen purpose made bidet bowls, that are designed to fit inside a toilet bowl, for sale in some disability equipment catalogues, just fill up with warm water, use, and then
pull the plug out the base to empty when finished!

SirChenjin Sun 15-Mar-20 17:56:25

I was taught the washing up liquid bottle method too by a midwife after a very painful episiotomy with DC1 - it was easier than the jug but just as effective

yggdrasil Sun 15-Mar-20 17:59:51

Without a plug, these are available on-line very cheap. They have a lip so you can pour it all down the loo. I have a jug in the bathroom, it takes two jugfuls to fill the bidet.
I also have a sponge, ancient Rome style

Oopsadaisy3 Sun 15-Mar-20 18:07:40

If I’m not sitting up straight, I will topple.

I lean back, I will topple.

Nuff said.

Washerwoman Sun 15-Mar-20 20:34:21

We have installed a bidet in all our houses over the years has our first house -bathroom too small.People often scoff at the idea of them but they are very useful for keeping clean and a quick freshen up.Now I'm even more grateful to have one.I'm concerned all the extra wet wipes being bought recently will end up down loos and clogging the drains.

Hetty58 Sun 15-Mar-20 20:42:37

We used the bottle method when camping. Oopsadaisy, we'd sit straight, though, and pour some from the back, then some from the front!

CherryCezzy Sun 15-Mar-20 21:01:17

I learnt that from someone in Algeria Riverwalk.
I have problems falling off the loo phoenix, whether sitting back, forwards, straight or sideways. I have problems ? with falling full stop. Fact of life for me.

GabriellaG54 Sun 15-Mar-20 22:47:28

With the best will in the world, I can't see those who are very elderly or infirm, being able to pick up a jug of soapy water in one hand whilst using the other to perform their ablutions.
For one thing, if they spread their legs in order to do it they may well knock the jug over as it would have to be near their feet.
They would also need a towel handy for when they get up and would need to keep it separate from towels others might use in the bathroom. ????

GabriellaG54 Sun 15-Mar-20 22:51:01

Flushable 'bathroom' wet wipes can be bought in Waitrose and some other stores.
£2 for 30.

Tangerine Sun 15-Mar-20 22:51:25

Let's hope there isn't a shortage of loo paper. They say, if people don't panic buy, there will be enough for everyone.

Sussexborn Mon 16-Mar-20 10:56:59

We are exporters of loo paper so plenty available if people stop panicking and faffing. Mind you I did used to see the lorry drivers peeing up against the crates though they were triple wrapped in plastic sheets. The dog walking route was behind the distribution plant and they didn’t realise they could be seen. Hopefully things have moved on since those days.