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If someone who has never used toilet paper ever travels to countries where only toilet paper is used - how could one learn to use toilet paper?

One of my (Asian) colleagues who is more of a friend confessed he is going paranoid after knowing the fact that he can only use toilet paper while travelling/staying in the US. He was alright being stationed in Dubai, where bidets/water is used to 'wash'. But no more looking further West. Are there any videos (on dummies)/tutorials that one can watch? Youtube doesn't have a tutorial on this either. Any other suggestions please

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If toilet paper scares you, just wait until you see a toilet brush! – Flimzy Nov 21 '13 at 21:51
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does he use bidet only or toilet paper + bidet and therefore is scared he may end up being not completely cleaner? Here in Italy we use the latter, that's why I'm asking. – Geeo Nov 22 '13 at 9:03
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Well, there is a website dedicated to this! It illustrates the process:

HowToWipeYourButt.com

Here are the steps from that site in a nutshell:

  1. You have to remain seated for the whole wiping process. Start out with a decent size wad of tissues, three balled-up squares should be enough. Reach around and behind your butt, and lean into the opposing cheek. Start wiping with the pointer, middle and ring fingers. Use moderate pressure and wipe at a cautious speed from front to back. Repeat this step with the same amount of tissue until the amount of remnants on the paper decreases by fifty percent.

  2. For the second step, the amount of tissues should be reduced. Two crumbled squares should be enough at this stage. Follow the same directions of step 1 (with the reduced paper amount) but using more pressure with each wipe. Continue until the amount of remnant on the tissue decreases to a small amount.

  3. The paper in the step should be decreased to one folded square. This really is sufficient. Repeat the same direction from step 1, but now you should be using significant pressure. As you pass over your anus, relax the sphincter and slightly press the pad of your middle finger into the opening, continue the progression from front to back. Repeat this step until there is very little to no remnants transferring onto the paper.

  4. The final step which is often ignored, is to use a wet wipe, repeat step 3 until absolutely no remnants remain. This step is to ensure fresh, thorough clean that is second only to a bath or shower. This will reduce any staining, odor or itching that may occur later.

  5. Flush, adjust your clothing, wash your hands with soap and water.

Also, this video explains it well.

A tip for your friend, always take a bottle of water when using a toilet with toilet paper only. This way things will be easier and much more like home.

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Good point about the bottle of water. You see that a lost, in regions with large asian populations where western style toilets are standard (e.g. Caribbean) – user141 Nov 22 '13 at 9:55
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@FoxInFlame I am scared as to how you do not know Google.com. – Heidel Ber Gensis Jun 6 at 17:34
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Link-only answers are usually discouraged. Seeing as there is no actual answer in this thread at all and yours is the highest voted, would you mind integrating some of the text from your link into your answer? You never know when the website might die. – isanae Jun 6 at 18:13
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@isanae the answer is old, but i will add some text once i have some free time later. thanks for the reminder. – Heidel Ber Gensis Jun 6 at 20:43
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I disapprove with the seated part, but apart from that, it looks fabulous. – isanae Jun 7 at 22:01

Maybe a different audience, but you could ask this question on parenting.se. A lot of parent are keen to know how to fully potty train their kids.

Searching in french on google made me find some examples in English on Youtube. Example 1 Example 2

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Carry a Travel Washlet. I do. It's like portable civilization.

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How do you use that? – Pacerier Jun 1 '15 at 8:31
    
Open the water cap, pull the two halves apart, fold the nozle out, fill with water, direct the nozzle, press button. Totally SFW video: youtube.com/watch?v=NBAY1GWjjaQ – chx Jun 1 '15 at 9:12

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