By Hamzah B:
Like millions of other Muslims, it is imperative that I thoroughly clean my backside after every visit to the bathroom. Learning how to use a Lota is a right of passage for Islamic hygiene.
Anal cleanliness isn't about choice, it's about to adherence to my faith.
Qadaa' al-Haajah instructs us on how the anus must be washed with water after defecating. Similarly, the penis and vulva must be washed with water after urinating. This washing is known as istinja.
Islam teaches that the condition of the body affects the condition of the spirit, therefore, it is essential to be clean at all times, especially before prayer. When you are using dry toilet paper to clean up, you are bound to leave behind bits and pieces of feces. This is below the standard of hygiene Islam requires.
"If your pet took a sh*t on your hand, would you wash it off with just dry toilet paper?"
No, you wouldn't. Quite simply, If your body isn't clean, you are not ready.
The secret to staying ready can be found in many Muslim households and it is called the Lota. The Iota is a small pot or cup of water that sits on the toilet or nearby fixture that is to be used after you use the restroom.
How To Use The A Lota:
There are multiple ways to use the Lota. It's pretty simple actually.
1. You can pour it down your backside to get a stream of water in that area that you wipe off with dry toilet paper.
2. You slightly wet a piece of toilet paper to create a moist wipe.
Again, as muslims good hygiene practices are important and staying clean is even more important. However, at work and when I'm on the go, it is hard to maintain this practice. This is where using a traditional Lota falls short.
The main problem with work-based defecation is that it is just awkward. There is a variety of thoughts that can occur in the mind of your boss/co-worker when you run into him/her while carrying a couple of water into the bathroom.
In fact, an American Muslim family was heckled at an airport by the FBI because they had aroused some extra attention by asking for a cup near the airplane bathroom. I undoubtedly understand the pain point here for my Muslim brethren.
Anytime I am on-the-go or away from home it is really inconvienent to wash up properly with just a cup of water. Like who carries around a cup just for taking a dump?
I only had 1 option for dealing with this awkwardness.
I Grabbed Booty Mint.
After dealing with this inconvenience of trying to stay compliant with the rule of my religion, I knew there had to be another solution. That's when I discovered Booty Mint.
Booty Mint is a personal cleansing spray formulated with micellar water designed specifically for this problem. It is a toilet paper spray that transforms regular toilet paper into an instant flushable wipe. It's just as simple as a traditional Lota. There are a couple steps.
1. You simply just spray on toilet paper to create an instant flushable wipe.
2. Wipe Like Normal
3. Repeat as needed
Because it's made with micellar water, it can be used for my Islamic cleansing purposes. It's super portable as well. I can just tuck it in my pocket discreetly as I go to the bathroom, or I can proudly sport around the bottle on the way to the restroom. With a product like Booty Mint, at least my co-workers know my booty stays fresh. No more awkward encounters with my boss who probably was thinking, I drink out of the same cup every day while using the restroom.
Over time Booty Mint replaced the lota in my home bathroom. The biggest advantage of using Booty Mint over a traditional Lota is that it makes me feel super fresh. The minty fresh tingle is like a breath of fresh air down there. I just feel really clean when I use it. It is truly the superior hygienic experience.