I've been teaching my 2 year 8 month old son to take a small piece of toilet paper and dry his penis then get another larger piece of toilet paper to clean his butt when he pees and poos in the toilet. I learned a couple months after he started using the big potty that my wife has been having him use the same piece of toilet paper in both areas cleaning his penis first then his butt - as thats what girls do, wipe front to back with the same piece of toilet paper. To me, I would think boys and girls would just do it differently besides boys can't wipe from front to back in one motion anyways. What is the best way for boys to clean their pee and poo after using the toilet?

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    Is there a reason not to do it your wife's way? It usually would conserve toilet paper.
    – jamesdlin
    Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 3:48

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Not sure there is a 'proper' or 'best' way. Both the ones you describe will work.

For little children the most important thing can be to make it easy for them to get it right so I'd suggest letting him use whichever method he prefers could be the best option.

In any case, you should let him know that both ways are right.


The male urethra is a lot longer than the female, for obvious reasons. It runs under the area just below the scrotum, so a squeeze starting there and working upwards (avoid the testicles) can extract the last few drops that will otherwise come out later.


Circumcised boys do not need to wipe. If he is uncircumcised, gently retract the foreskin, wipe or dab the area with toilet paper, and replace the skin.

  • Eli - please read Paul's answer. Circumcised boys do definitely need to wipe, to avoid those dribbles.
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Nov 24, 2022 at 14:38
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    And uncircumcised boys should not manually retract the foreskin until it is naturally detached at a few years of age.
    – Buzz
    Commented Nov 28, 2022 at 3:32

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