What can I say? Shit happens…literally. Bathroom woes are an all too common occurrence for a caregiver. I know this is not a topic that anybody really wants to address, but as caregivers, this is a constant battle for us. How do we get our loved ones to wipe their butts properly after they use the toilet, so that we don’t have to spend the next hour cleaning it off the walls, seat and just about every surface known to man.
In an effort to minimize the number of times that you enter the bathroom after your child or sibling and instantly have to yell or think “Oh Crap!” (literally), here’s 3 helpful products to help your loved one properly clean up after visiting the toilet.
1. Moist Wipes
There are many brands of moist wipes on the market with varying scents and textures…it all comes down to your personal preference. No matter your brand of choice, here are the pros and cons when using wipes to do your “dirty work”.
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- Easy to use.
- Our loved ones tend to like these.
- Not flushable…even if it says “flushable”…in the sense that there is still the chance of it causing problems for your septic system by not “breaking down” or degrading as much as you hoped it would. However, some persons will still take the chance and use them, but beware…a blocked septic system can cost you a pretty penny.
- If you can’t deal with the possibility of it blocking the sewerage system and then you end up having a moment where “shit gets real” and your money literally goes down the toilet, then you might opt to have your loved one use the wipe and then dispose of it in a bin (some people will get a diaper bin) or garbage bag and the bin then emptied or garbage bag disposed of on a regular basis. Gross…I know…but the decision is up to you…whatever works. Probably the bin/garbage bag is not such a bad idea, as our loved ones tend to overdo it when using toilet paper and wipes, which leads to the toilet being clogged…another chapter to this colourful book called “Bathroom Woes”.
Check out this wipe dispenser, which will help your loved one access the wipes much easier.
2. Self Wiping Toilet Aid
This particular toilet aid (see photo) is called the Bottom Buddy Toilet Tissue Wiping Aid but there are others such as the Juvo Toilet Aid…it’s a matter of preference and what works for the individual.
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- Assists with grasping & reaching.
- Works with toilet paper & wipes.
- Not guaranteed to handle “heavy duty” issues.
- Not everyone finds it easy to manoeuvre.
- Will take some practice to master using it.
When I learnt of a bidet as an option, my first thought was “I can’t afford a bidet”. Then I learnt they now have portable ones…the ones you can attach to just about any toilet.
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- Ranges in price: you can be fancy & get an expensive electric bidet OR you can get an affordable, portable, mechanical one.
- Allows for both hot & cold water to be used.
- Can even be useful when your daughter or sister is menstruating and needs a little extra help to keep clean.
- Some persons may find the water pressure to be too much for there nether regions, so ensure that your loved one will be okay with the water going where it’s going at the pressure it’s going.
Keep It Clean
Personal hygiene is very important. Encourage your loved one to keep themselves fresh and clean, as this is important for when they are socialising with friends and loved ones…no one likes a stinky friend 🙂
When it some to bathroom woes, what do you do to help your loved one keep clean? Share with us some of your tips & tricks!
These are wonderful tips, in fact, I had to bookmark in order to re-visit. The three tips you enlisted are wonderful tips but, I think I will go for self wiping toilet aid because of its advantages. For me, the other two options can’t be compared to self wiping, but all the same, the most important thing is that our toilet must be kept clean.
Thank you for visiting HappyDowns and sharing your thoughts on this post. I am happy that you found these tips useful and that you could even pick one of the tips as an option that you see as the best way to ensure proper personal hygiene.
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If there’s one thing I really find awful, it’s having to clean up after my kids use the toilet. It really gets messy as virtually everything can be contaminated once they get in contact. My best bet is to use moist wipes as opposed to dry tissue paper. It makes my life easier as I can reach deep down and clean off every trace of “God knows what.” The only drawback I see with this is having to dispose of them. But this is really nothing compared with having to wipe off every surface they sit on.
Thank you so much for visiting HappyDowns. Cleaning up is definitely an unpleasant experience and I do think that most people would prefer a moist wipe over a dry tissue…you get a better clean. The disposal of which is definitely a drawback. Everyone just has to do what works for them.
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Awesome Information. The topic sounds funny, but it’s really educational.
These are some really good suggestions for good personal hygiene. I really love the way you outlined the reviews of the 3 tips. I have always known that most moist wipes cause blockage, which could cause serious problem.
I must say this is an eye opener; I cannot help but agree with everything that you have written. Thanks for sharing.
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Thank you for sharing this great informational article. These are some really good suggestions for good personal hygiene. I really love the way you outlined the reviews of the 3 tips. It is very important that we help our family members who have disabilities to be as independent as possible and when we help them to take care of themselves and practice good personal hygiene, it really boosts their self confidence and takes them one step ahead on their journey to independent living. I will share this article with my friends.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article. I agree that in helping out loved ones with DS take proper care of themselves, it takes them one step closer to the goal of being as independent as possible.
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Interesting post. I think that the idea of wipes is one of the best options, that is what I use in my home. Everyone needs to think about proper hygiene.
It is really important especally when you are dealing with young children or persons with disabilities and need to teach them how to clean up after themselves.
Yes, wipes are extremely helpful in maintaining good personal hygiene. Thank you for visiting HappyDowns and sharing your thoughts with us. Feel free to stop by again anytime.