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If You Care About Your Health You Should Stop Using Toilet Paper

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Believe it or not, doctors have a lot of opinions when it comes to toilet paper.

This household item can be found at nearly every home in America, but some experts question the benefits of these bathroom staples, from which way you hang it to whether you should even use toilet rolls.

For decades, people have been debating about which way you should hang toilet paper, and according to experts, there's only one right way.

A 2011 study by the University of Colorado discovered that toilet paper hung "under" has a higher chance of making you sick.

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Under or over, which do you prefer?Tip Hero (Elya via Wikimedia Commons)

The reason why this happens is because someone's hands may come in contact with the top of the toilet paper as they're trying to rip out the amount they need, which may end up on your hands later.

And if you don't wash your hands properly, there's a chance you can get infected with e.coli or come in contact with other nasty bacteria.

Experts also warn that toilet paper should never be placed on toilet seats in public bathrooms.

You'd think that by doing so the toilet seat would be more hygienic, but the toilet paper only absorbs the nasty bacteria on the seat and transfers it onto your body.

This may increase your chance of getting a staph infection, like MRSA.

Some medical professionals think it's best to just ditch toilet paper for good...

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Bidets, or as some like to call them "bum guns," is a fixture that washes the areas that your toilet paper is meant to clean.

Many argue that water is the most effective way to clean ourselves, because wiping down these areas with toilet paper only spreads around feces.

When these areas go uncleaned, we're more at risk of urinary track infections, hemorrhoids, and anal fissures, which can turn into serious health issues.

"I find it rather baffling that millions of people are walking around with dirty anuses while thinking they are clean," Rose George, author of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters told Tonic.

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The average American uses 50 pounds of toilet paper every single year.Pixabay

If you don't have a bidet, don't fret, experts suggest using baby wipes instead of toilet paper.

They argue that these wipes are much better at sanitizing those areas down there.

But make sure you don't flush the wipe down the toilet! While these non-woven fabrics will make their way down, eventually they'll block up the plumbing in your home or wreak havoc in a treatment plant.

Just take a look at what happened to the sewage system in Charleston, South Carolina!

[H/T: Daily Mirror]

Are you willing to ditch toilet paper for good?

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.