How To Use An Indian Toilet

Submitted by: madest 7 years ago in

If you travel to India remember never to shake hands with your left. NEVER!
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Female 11
LOL "First class experience"
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Female 914
in a lot of other countries you`re not to shake hands or eat with the left hand for that very reason, but I never really knew how the business was done. knowledge is power!!
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Female 418
oh wow are people that retarded that they have to make tutorials for them on how to wipe their asses in foreign countries?
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Male 404
Givechase, that`s actually the reason it`s considered bad etiquette, since tp hasn`t always been around.
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Female 30
Dominican Republic has basic out-houses which is just a hole, a structure which has a "toilet", and... a door. Exactly like regular toilets but without water. Hold your nose. :U
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Female 535
You`re not supposed to shake hands with your left anyway, so those bad etiquette people deserve it!!

Note to self: If you ever visit India... do not poop.
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Female 80
cant imagine pregnant women being too comfortable.
and doesnt that mean you have to take your entire bottoms off? and if you have a sari would you bunch it up
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Male 630
Same in Iraq. Except we had very very little water.

And that is why they have MRE bags full of s*** and piss-bottles everywhere.
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Male 326
I think that guy works at Dell customer service.
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Male 166
i felt like i was getting tech support that whole time
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Female 1,623
I loved the way he said "very very" in almost every sentence.
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Female 52
This isn`t bad, really. It`s your own waste, and you`re just cleaning it right off. At least they really make the effort to get it clean. When you think about it, a lot of people who use Western toilets are probably less sanitary, actually, because, at least here in the U.S., there are tons of people who don`t wash their hands afterwards. But even those who do.... Why is that? Oh, right. It`s because we may have gotten waste on our hands in the process. So, with either method, you risk coming in contact with a person who`s gotten some `bathroom material` on them. I think, if you do your business correctly, both methods should be sanitary, lol.
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Male 224
the suit adds decorum to this explanation
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Male 2,424
this was facinating and discusting in equal measure.

When can we see some more "sh*tting in other countries". Would be a great series, like "Bazar food" but "Bazar ways to sh*t".
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Male 6,694
Ugh. Im so happy to have TP !
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Male 440
It seems strange to me that Indian culture advocates that you avoid contact with left hands, yet locals spend so much time pressing their hands together (so anything on the left hand would be transferred to the right anyways) , that the entire exercise is pointless.
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Male 5,194
>>Well, I guess I`m never going to India. I`m left handed and I am assuming no one would be my friend.

Whoa! Never thought about this. Lefties would be screwed.
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Male 65
I too shall step in and provide some clarifications:

1. a majority of the toilets you`d find in cities would be western, and if you are visiting india, i`d assume you are living in a hotel. hotels always have toilet paper.
2. there`s no such taboo associated with using your left hand for other things, not in cities at least.
3. remove the bigger particles of your sh*t without touching, by just throwing water on your butt.
4. the way with the soap is that you use your right hand to touch the soap to make a foam, and then clean the dirty hand with the foam. also, you don`t use that soap for when you are taking a shower.

All said and done, I would like to conclude by saying that I use toilet paper, because it doesn`t make a mess in my bathroom.
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Male 17,512
nunki: [quote]Nobody`s going to touch their butt and then go eat some food without making sure they are clean.[/quote]

That happens more often than you think, E. Coli, Thyphus, Diarrhea, Hepatitis, Cholera, and many others can all be spread through feces & improper/insufficient hand washing.

Did you see a sink in that restroom to wash hands in ? No. Did you see any paper or towels to dry hands off with ? No. Was the communal soap he was using even clean itself ? No.

`Nuff said.
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Male 225
people have been wiping with their left hand for centuries, thats why you shake with your right. Royalty use to use lace instead of their hands.
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Male 158
I met that guy when I called customer service.
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Male 193
I already knew all this, but... why the hell is he barefoot?!
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Male 769
stop calling them Indians, the PC term is `Native Americans`...

wait for it... wait for iiit...
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Female 28
@ han5nah:
It`s one thing that you`re a racist, but thanks a lot for at least showing what a `tard you are as well. "I have Indians" Really? What on Earth are you doing with them!?
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Female 28
First of all, when you squat like that, you don`t really end up with a lot of poo on your bum bc ur pooing in a more natural position. No other animal other than humans goes poo while sitting down. The rest of the animal kingdom squats! So, basically you`re just washing off whatever little residue may be there.
And CrakrJak, there`s nothing in that Wiki article that says anything about typhoid in India being related to washing with water as opposed to using toilet paper. I`m sure typhoid in developing countries has more to do with water quality control than anything. People aren`t stupid. Nobody`s going to touch their butt and then go eat some food without making sure they are clean.
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Male 454
very very clean, except when you just - erm - `went` all over your feet and ankles due to the bad curry the night before...
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Male 621
@henryhendrix

You get pee in the eye.
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Male 4,546
"And Baalthahairyzak, entirely too much information brother!"

I know, I know, but seriously. I *can`t* go back to using just dry toilet paper (I use wet wipes in the UK). It`s just not a feasible endeavor.

The simplest route to explaining that is to be very blunt.
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Male 722
What if you had a massive boner?
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Female 118
why dont they just use wet whipes?
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Male 12,138
[quote]This is exactly why typhus is `Strongly endemic` in India.[/quote]
Nothing to do then with 20% of the population (about 250 million people), not having access to clean drinking water Crakrjak? Seriously, it`s because they all have sh*t all over their hands?

You never cease to entertain, crakr.

And Baalthahairyzak, entirely too much information brother!
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Female 275
It actually does seem more sanitary than what we do, considering that they make sure to wash their hands thoroughly afterwords.
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Male 4,546
"Shave your ass?"

Erm. Yeah. Except this:

That is me about 3 hours after shaving. (Notice stubble).

This is what I look like after 2 weeks:


My ass has similar wolverine-like properties. My ass would begin tearing up paper like... well... tissue paper.

Also, look, a bidet just wins anyway. There`s no circumstance where a bidet is inferior for cleaning.
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Female 1,172
Meh, whatever. In Thailand they have the same squat toilets, but they still use paper. You just can`t flush the paper, you have to throw it in the garbage. They do have western style toilets as well though, especially in places like Bangkok.
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Female 533
ummmm....HELL NO
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Male 3,755
I play football and basketball with a bunch of guys from India and Pakistan and I always stick out my left hand without thinking and it ends up being an awkward off-handed five.
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Male 39,524
this verrry-verrrry clean
verrry-verrry nasty! but verrry-verrrry important you lick your finger verrrry-verrrry clean

thank you verrry-verrrry much
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Male 2
Now what happens when your drunk??? I feel like id fall over or god forbid in!
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Male 613
Spent a couple of years in Korea the difference there is they don`t provide and water or paper.

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Male 2,402
Sucks to be a left hander visiting India. I wonder what the reaction is when you lose your left arm there?

BTW I guess we should be grateful we don`t have another billion people competing for toilet paper. Prices in the USA would be through the roof.
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Male 12,138
[quote]GOD i have indians. sorry, just a bit racist.[/quote]
What, as slaves? That IS pretty racist.
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Female 1,427
I wipe, just like most Americans, but every once in a while, I`ll eat some super spicy food.

And have what`s called "fireass" or "firesh*t", where it just flat out drating hurts to wipe with dry toilet paper. It`s like pooting acid.

In that case, wetwipes, or even a bidet would be flat out wonderful.

Let me mention now, that India has notoriously spicy food.
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Female 1,427
"As someone from roughly that part of the world though, let me explain: We have hairy asses. There is nothing that toiletpaper will do to my ass to get it clean. It`s like trying to clean peanut butter out of shag carpet or a bearskin rug.
Toiletpaper isn`t going to cut it. "

Shave your ass?
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Male 5,624
THIS is why we sent them our jobs.
So they can afford to build proper bidet equipped restrooms.

Now that I know that, I am NEVER shaking hands with Vijay again...
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Male 17,512
Baal: [quote]It`s like trying to clean peanut butter out of shag carpet or a bearskin rug.[/quote]

Thanks for that lovely picture you painted there. <sarcasm>

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Male 133
now just wonder if he slips in it XD
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Female 110
I have always wanted to travel in India, so this is good to know, I think.
Unfortch, I only have one arm... really gonna have to sit down and think [how-to?]
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Male 2,424
@han5nah, how many do you have? Why do you collect them if you are racist? Do you have 1 little, 2 little, 3 little Indians?

SO MANY QUESTIONS!
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Male 840
I would stuff my pockets with toilet paper before leaving the hotel.
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Male 2,868
It`s not like there is anything horrific about touching fecal matter- especially your own- as long as you wash it off afterwards- it`s not like the bacteria will bore into your skin or anything. I think I`d have trouble adjusting to using an Indian toilet, but there`s nothing unhygenic about it as long as you scrub your hands afterwards. Anyone here who`s a parent has gotten poop on their hands.
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Female 735
GOD i have indians. sorry, just a bit racist.
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Male 339
i went to a music festival a few years back, and due to running out of toilet paper i used a wetwipe... never felt cleanliness like it, now when i go at home i use a wet wipe (obv toilet paper aswell but finish with the wipe!)
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Male 1,222
very very very unhygienic, try the videt
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Male 497
In some areas in the middle east they have a typical western toilet but like a sprinkler/tiny shower head thing for washing + there is the toilet paper.

So optimally it`s wash then dry with toilet paper.

The wiping method is inferior and dirty and just remember if you`re a wiper that sometimes there is a little poop possibly in your pants.
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Male 877
i tried it once and found it hard...then i flushed it away!
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Male 4,546
And actually, a bit more detail:
My hands never come in contact with fecal matter either. Again, bidet is the way to go. Tissue paper is for drying.
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Female 1,604
a lot of customs use their left hand for "dirty" work, which most I-A-B`ers I bet know.
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Male 4,546
Erm.
Ok, quick description from me.

1) Not all toilets are like this first of all, that is pretty disgusting.

As someone from roughly that part of the world though, let me explain: We have hairy asses. There is nothing that toiletpaper will do to my ass to get it clean. It`s like trying to clean peanut butter out of shag carpet or a bearskin rug.
Toiletpaper isn`t going to cut it.

Hence, almost all toilets in the UAE at least, have a bidet next to them, or in public restrooms, a hose.

This is necessary.

Ok, no more details from me.
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Male 9,305
I need a diagram...
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Male 418
Well, I guess I`m never going to India. I`m left handed and I am assuming no one would be my friend.
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Male 926
I find toilet paper to be horribly inefficient. Save money and time by substituting Brawny Paper Towels (the soft ones) for your favorite toilet paper.
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Male 1,106
I used the word "gotted." It`s time to go home.
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Male 812
This is actually better than using toilet paper. Think about all the lumber that goes into people just wiping their asses with every day.
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Male 1,106
I gotted even more bored and finally pushed play... and it`s not as disgusting a method than I thought it was. But I`d have to carry around my own post-doody cleaning kit, with my own soap and finger scrubbing brush, and then I`d have to scrub, and scrub, and scrub... and finish off with a good few pumps of alcohol based hand sanitizer.
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Male 1,106
I can`t get myself to start the video. I`m much happier not even ever pushing play.
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Male 256
Something that I`ve always found funny about the west views on this (BTW I`m from the UK) is that we think cleaning our behind with paper is somehow clean.. would you us paper to wash you hands in general even with out "waste" on it? Nope... So really they`re not so backwards as it may first seem, but hey a pair of rubber gloves would go a long way. lol
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Male 108
well that settels it! I`m never going there on vacation.
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Male 391
Everyone here has had poo on them for some reason or another, diarrhea, a baby crapping, whatever. How would you clean it off...Don`t tell me...Soap and water?? This is no more disgusting than any of that, and they don`t waste paper on something we probably cut down a forest for every year.
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Male 2,376
it is kinda gross but so is smearing your own poo acrosse ure butt, it leaves ure butt cleaner and poo does wash off hands.
im a toilet paper fan myself but i wouldn`t be so grossed out i wouldn;t do it. you have to remeber there arent many trees in india, toilet paper would cost a fortune.

and to the guy who said "hes ascting like borat on purpose right?

no hes not, where i live we have alot of east indians. ive met people just like him. hes stylin and a real talker, he could pick up all the ladies. i bet he drives an old mercedes
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Female 404
this is not a joke, at least for certain parts of india.
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Male 575
terminooolooggyyyyy
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Male 20
@Angelmassb

there would BE poo EVERYWHERE!!!
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Male 454
This is a friggin joke, right? One BILLION people over there, and they can`t build a better bathroom? Silly.
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Male 757
this is fake right? right? a parody of some sort? please say it is.
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Male 3,326
If it`s clean, why is touching/eating with the left hand so taboo? We don`t have any problems eating or touching with either hand over here, as our hands don`t come in contact with our own fecal matter on a regular basis.

Also, as someone else has pointed out, how does your back side get dry?

Lastly, I had heard that India was not a nice place to visit if you`re not ready for it. I don`t think I want to go there now. I know that they have an amazing culture and a long history, but I like my toilet paper and liquid hand soap.
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Male 2,586
"....how do you dry your butt?"

I asked this to a friend and their simple answer was *that`s what your underwear is for*
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Male 15,510
I wonder what would happen if India take over the world...
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Male 3,894
HIGH FIVE!!

.... :|
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Male 5,194
Soap, yeah - but there`s no sink. How exactly are you suppose to wash the sh*t off your hand?
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Male 58
oh man that just freaks me out
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Male 12,138
Incidentally, this is also the reason why many people in the Middle East find it kinda disgusting to see someone eating with their left hand...
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Male 49
You get them in France as well
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Male 725
I would rather just hold it until my bladder exploded...
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Male 560
squatting is a better position
it helps everything flow out easier
same thing when a woman gives birth
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Male 496
I think perhaps the bday is the happy medium here?
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Male 496
Wow... I`m imagining a fiery curry sh*tsplosion, having to clean that up with my hand, then using the same bar of soap that dozens of other people used to wipe the crap off their hands. Delightful.
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Female 798
....how do you dry your butt?
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Female 173
ugh, i encountered these in Vietnam....i just opted to hold it until i got back to the hotel.
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Male 670
it is very very clean
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Male 25,417
ewwwwwww
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Male 122
umm?
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Male 2,441
Why not use both hands and get it done twice as fast?
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Male 17,512
This is exactly why typhus is `Strongly endemic` in India. Wikipedia Source
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Female 7,981
Actually- that was educational, and I think it does look much cleaner than loo roll. If you need to gett stuff out from under your nails or there are faeces left on your hand when you have finished then i suspect you are doing it wrong!
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Female 614
that`s disgusting. why would you touch your butt after pooping, how is that better than toilet paper, really? because at least then you don`t touch fecal matter directly. unless you`re using half-ply toilet paper, in which case, layer a S**T-TON before you wipe...

i just don`t comprehend.
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Male 12,138
Yep, done that. Many times. Whatcha gonna do?
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Male 372
A friend and I went traveling to Egypt and while on a 4 day boat tour (very very small uncovered boat)we both ran into the situation which we had to poop very badly but had no toilet paper. He decided to go..... in the nile.. literally. Whereas I held it. It was probably the most unpleasant experience of my life... boiling hot, covered in flies and sweat, and having to poop for 3 days. and now you know my shame.
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Male 7,378
I was in Estonia a few years ago and the people I stayed with had a toilet that was basically a funnel that came out of the ground with a pitcher of water next to it. I wish I had seen a youtube video on how to use it before being confronted with such an oddity.
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Male 953
AMERICA - F U C K YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Female 843
The water may clean you booty better than toilet paper, but that`s still just so disgusting. After multiple people use that soap to wash their hands, it`s not a very clean bar of soap anymore. That`s so nasty to think about >-(
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Female 536
He was trying to be like Borat on purpose, right? RIGHT?

I`ve never used a squatty potty, but it sure looks like an adventure. Not sure how I feel about having to wipe my ass with my hand. If I ever travel to India, I don`t think I could bring myself to poop the whole time O__o
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Male 633
Water to clean your but, soap to clean your hands, what do you use to clean the s**t out from under the fingernails of your LEFT hand?
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Male 372
Oh man... that soap.... why did he touch that soap
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Female 3,574
I had to use a toilet like that once in Europe on a boat. It had little handles to hold on to. It was disgusting... but at least there was toilet paper oh gawd.
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Male 118
Actually has good reasoning behind it.. The water cleans better.
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Male 7,378
Link: How To Use An Indian Toilet [Rate Link] - If you travel to India remember never to shake hands with your left. NEVER!
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