A trusty piece of toilet paper has been America’s bathroom go-to since the mid-19th century, but some individuals have swapped tissue for something that’s altogether stranger. Yes, an alternative known as family cloth is sweeping the nation. And when you learn what it’s made from, you’ll likely want it nowhere near your own bathroom.
Before family cloth came into fashion, though, it turns out that many did without a piece of tissue in the restroom. Even to this day, in fact, it’s believed that some 70 percent of the world’s population – that’s about 5.4 billion people – never use toilet paper. But what kinds of alternatives were out there to tempt people away from toilet tissue?