When was toilet paper first used and what did people use before the invention?

The Chinese were the first to use toilet paper by recycling paper that had already been used for other purposes.

How do we know this? Because a court official wrote in 589 A.D. that he was careful not to use documents with “quotations from the great writers.”

Before that? Well, there were leaves, rocks, or whatever was available. The Romans were a little more civilized; they used a sponge attached to a stick.

Toilet paper as we know it wasn’t invented until 1879 by an Englishman named Walter Alcock.

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1 thought on “When was toilet paper first used and what did people use before the invention?”

  1. oh please you people of course they didn’t use rocks! Here is a good question, how do you wipe when you have super long fingernails?

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