Bottom wipers are an extension to your arm to assist with wiping your bottom if you are unable to reach.
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There are many different makes of bottom wiper but they have a broadly similar design. They consist of an angled arm (plastic or metal) with a serrated recess at the distal end that is able to grip the toilet paper.
Bottom wipers are light and fairly portable; foldable versions (with a case) are available that you can put in your pocket/bag.
Some have a larger, easier to grip handle.
There is no research evidence about bottom wipers but if you are unable to reach your bottom for cleaning you may find a bottom wiper useful.
You may be able to get to the toilet but be unable to clean yourself because of poor hand control or difficulty with twisting around.
Bottom wipers are a relatively low cost and light weight product and can be taken with you when away from home.
A more expensive option for assisting you to clean yourself might be a bidet or bidet toilet.
You may find that using them with purpose-made moist toilet paper (not baby wipes which cannot be flushed) will help you to clean better.
If you are at home and the bottom wiper is for your sole use, you don’t have to worry about cross-infection.
Clean the bottom wiper thoroughly after use with soap and water and you can use an anti bacterial spray.
Bottom wipers are a relatively cheap item.
They can be purchased directly through the manufacturer, by phone or mail order and on the internet.
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You might find them hard to grip depending on how good your hand control is.
As you can’t see the area you are cleaning, it is possible that there is some residue stool on the skin which could lead to skin irritation and soreness so regular washing is important.
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