In an earlier note, I looked at bath tissue as a substitute for toilet paper or bathroom tissue, both of those serving as euphemisms for some more direct reference to material for wiping the anus clean of feces. Bath tissue is sufficiently indirect that it can take some work to understand out of context.
Since then I’ve moved into a more complex world of wiping, thanks to my not having showers as the grand scheme of bodily hygiene. (My shower is a glass enclosure over a tub, and it’s a big step into the shower — way too big for someone with a new hip implant . So it’s sponge baths and other workarounds.)
There are two needs here: anal wiping again, now to be managed without a shower cleanup; and general body washing (including rinsing and drying), which would ordinarily be done (in the absence of showering) with soap and a washcloth at a sink or basin, This stuff eventually gets a lot easier, but at the beginning the project is much like infant care or elder care, and the cleaning products needed are pretty much the same.
So off you go to shop for the products, only to discover that the two kinds of wiping are sometimes imperfectly distinguished. Probably this is partly the result of excessive modesty about toilet functions and partly a consequence of an enormous emphasis on softness in all sorts of wiping products (inluding facial tissue, under its many names).
For infant care, we have companies offering two large lines of products: diapers of many kinds (not my main concern here), and a variety of wipes. In the Kimberly-Clark Huggies® line (besides the diapers):
Huggies Natural Care® Wipes are the sensitive, gentle clean [note nouning] for new baby’s naturally-perfect skin. Improved softness with fewest added ingredients – Aloe & Vitamin E – Hypoallergenic, fragrance free and alcohol-free
Correspondingly, other sites (here for instance) offer (besides adult diapers) adult wipes, under a variety of names:
(personal) cleansing washcloths (not made of cloth), cleansing wipes, (disposable) adult wipes, washcloths (not made of cloth)
These are pretty clearly meant for general body washing (“best uses: daily cleaning”), but some could serve as well as well for anal cleaning; the ones identified as flushable certainly are.
I’ve moved to washcloths that are actually made of cloth and can wash at the sink with both hands, since I’m getting better and better at standing unsupported (so long as support is close by). I still can’t quite fathom the labels given to the different boxes of wipes, though.