The Joys of Bum Blasting

And why you should take it up too.

Adrian Padina
3 min readOct 9, 2020

Photo by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash

Living in the Middle East has opened my eyes to bottom hygiene and I’ve come to realise how we in the West have been doing it wrong for so long.

I am talking about how best to clean your bottom after you’ve been for a poop.

Most people reading this will wipe their bums in the manner they’ve been taught since they were a child. Paper, wipe, repeat until no marks on the paper and finish. Now, depending on the nature and consistency of the poop, you will use more or less paper. Sometimes there are no stains on the paper; other times the wiping goes on for ever and just doesn’t end. We’ve all been there.

Not wiping correctly is a thing, either because it is done poorly or done to excess. Under wiping can lead to infection and irritation whilst over wiping, or scrubbing, can lead to Polished Anus Syndrome or PAS (as defined by the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons).


Wet wipes can help reduce “perianal dermatitis” but there are many drawbacks to using them. The first is the effect on the environment, for whilst they are designed to be flushed, they take a long time to decompose as they are generally made from polyester or a blend of plastics…



Adrian Padina

Master hotelier who writes and photographs. Take a peek inside my world.