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Humans have always needed to sanitize themselves after relieving themselves. Here we explain its origin, who invented toilet paper, and how it has evolved and expanded. Stay with us until the end, as the history of toilet paper is one of the most curious that exists.


Origin Of Toilet Paper

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To know the origins of toilet paper, we must go back many years in time. The refined people of the ancient Greco-Latin world, used for certain tasks moistened natural sponge, a use that gave this trade great prosperity and boom in antiquity, also used pieces of discarded textile material.

And as for more distant civilizations, such as the Sumerian civilization or the ancient Egyptians, it is known that there were slaves who attended to their masters, basin in hand, in this type of detail. The water was an effective toilet paper, but the normal thing until not very distant times was to do without that hygiene.


Who Invented Toilet Paper

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The inventor of toilet paper is the American Joseph Gayetty (1810-1890) in 1857 in New York (USA).n This inventor suffered from hemorrhoids, and the newspaper that many people used caused him pain. He, therefore, put all his ingenuity into creating the so-called “Gayetty’s medicated paper”.

It was a paper that was quite soft to the touch, with a thin layer of “medicine” that prevents chafing in such a sensitive area of the human anatomy. It was a product sold in packs of individual sheets (toilet paper rolls did not yet exist).

But it was not successful. Although it was listed among the cleaning products, stores stopped selling it because no one understood that it was necessary to spend money on such a thing. Especially when it was possible to get hold of back issues of newspapers or old catalogs that also offered the possibility of reading.


Who Invented The Toilet Paper Roll

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The inventor of the toilet paper roll is the British businessman Walter Alcock (1871-1947), in the year 1879 in London. Alcock introduced an important novelty: instead of selling toilet paper in individual sheets, he invented the roll of sheets to tear off, separating each portion by perforated dots.

But since he was not allowed to advertise the invention, he did not achieve sales results in an era like the Victorian one, in which talking about certain things was difficult.nIn the last two decades of the 19th century, the New Yorkers Edward and Clarence Scott perfected the toilet paper roll invented in London by Alcock.

The Scott’s, who had developed a paper converting factory in Philadelphia, invested in the development of the product that they always thought would make them millionaires. Their idea coincided with the generalization in homes, hotels, and restaurants of an important element: showers, baths, and toilets in rooms.


Evolution And Expansion Of Toilet Paper

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At the end of the 19th century, in the 1880s-1890s, houses with toilets were already numerous in large cities.
By then, toilet bowls were competing in the sanitary design salons held in America: in 1884, a model called the Pedestal Vase, made of one-piece ceramic, became an object of desire.

The Scott brothers realized that there was a detail missing in those aristocratic toilets, something that would facilitate the unmentionable operation that must necessarily be carried out in them in order, according to Clarence Scott, not to leave horrible marks on the fine underwear.

Its definitive triumph took place in France decades later, and it came to be considered as refinement within everyone’s reach.