Random toilet in the middle of a Tangalle hotel.
This has turned into an extremely rude subthread on Rude Things Sri Lankans Say. Namely, how best to wipe one’s bum. I grew up mostly in America and used toilet paper. Once when I came back I had no idea what to do and my cousin had to wash my backie for me, which he still brings up all the time. Anyways, since living here for years now, I’m a full convert. You really can’t clean your bum by just wiping it with paper.
Blacker linked to this primer on various bum-wiping options, by the VU.
They break down some of the taboos around bum-washing, namely that it’s not clean, or that you should never use your hand plus soap to clean down there. Me, personally, my favorite combo is hand bidet plus toilet paper. Wash and dry. In an ideal world I’d like a hand bidet with two modes, one which mixes soap in the spray and then one which just releases water. You could refill the soap alongside and do a half-press for soapy, full-press for water. That would be ideal. If the thing could blow-dry that would be awesome.
One thing I do not like is the separate bidet. A lot of supposedly classier bathrooms have it, but then you have to waddle your bum over to another device and squat over that. I find this experience quite unpleasant. Hand bidet is the way to go 2013. By 2015, I’d like some soap mixed in. 2050, I don’t want to be pooping anymore. They should actually just solve this problem altogether.