Today we have toilet paper, and it looks like we should be grateful. The concept of toilet paper that we use today was not invented until 1857. When you think of modern conveniences, like toilet paper, it might surprise you to learn that it wasn’t readily available in the Old West. Besides anything else that people found on hand, the other possible options included natural materials such as grass, an old corn cob, or scraps of newspaper. In the Old West, after a visit to the outhouse, people resorted to anything from corn on the cob to grass to clean themselves.
We can only conclude that they were made of more solid material at that time (exit the triple thickness) sometimes causing pain due to cuts or strong irritations. People also went to wash their buttocks in a stream, which was obviously not a good idea because the water became very polluted. It was the same water that people used to wash their clothes and fetch water to cook with. The consequences were unfathomable; people became ill as a result of the polluted water! People discovered toilet paper in 1857, and life in the Old West became more bearable. Fortunately, cleaning agents were invented, and bleach and other substances were used to clean toilets, which was extremely beneficial to the population.