Intimreinigung im Islam mit der Lota

The Lota 🚿 A traditional cleaning agent [Tips and tricks]

By Fabian Scholz


The Lota is more than just a simple water container; it is an important part of Islamic culture and contributes significantly to ritual purity.

Typically made of metal or plastic, the lota has a round shape with a narrow opening that enables targeted and thorough cleansing. This method is particularly appreciated as it is not only hygienic, but also leaves a feeling of freshness and cleanliness.

As the lota is rarely found in Western countries, people like to use drinking bottles or watering cans. Does this sound familiar?

The Prophet Mohammed and the introduction of the lota

The practice of lota in Islam goes back to the instructions of the Prophet Muhammad. He practised istanya, a method of washing the genitals with water after performing najis - the Arabic word for performing number 1 and number 2. This practice symbolizes not only physical but also spiritual purity in Islam.

Istanja: more than just water 🚰

Interestingly, Istanja can be practiced with a variety of materials, including toilet paper or even stones. However, water remains the preferred medium for toilet hygiene in Muslim households. It stands for thoroughness and purity, which are of great importance in Islam.

Lotas in Indian culture 🇮🇳

However, the history of the lota extends far beyond Islam. In India, lotas have been used for ritual purposes for thousands of years. Originally used in sacred Hindu ceremonies, often made of copper, the lota has evolved over time to become the standard vessel for anal ablutions. This cultural overlap shows the versatility and deep historical significance of the lota.

Body and mind in harmony 🤩

Islam teaches us that the state of our body is closely linked to the state of our mind. It is therefore essential to always be clean, especially before prayer. This purity not only helps our body but also our mind to be in a state of harmony and tranquillity.

The use of the Lota 💧

Many Muslims around the world use a simple but effective tool for this purity - the lota. Contrary to some misconceptions and myths, Muslims do not simply put their hands between their cheeks to clean themselves after using the toilet. Such notions and the myth that one should not shake the left hand of a Muslim are wrong.

Why water-based cleaning? 🤔

  • Hygiene: Water removes impurities more effectively than toilet paper.
  • Health: Gentle cleansing reduces the risk of skin irritation.
  • Environmentally friendly: Avoids waste compared to toilet paper.
  • Well-being: Provides a fresher and cleaner feeling.

Mobile butt showers - the modern solution 💯

Mobile butt showers are an innovative answer to the need for convenient and efficient cleaning. They offer the following advantages:

  1. Portability: lightweight and compact, ideal for on the go.
  2. Ease of use: Easy to fill and use.
  3. Environmental awareness: Reduces the use of toilet paper.
  4. Suitable for everyone: Ideal for men and women of all ages.
  5. Versatility: Can be used anywhere there is water.

Use in everyday life 📅

Using a mobile butt shower is very simple. Here are a few tips for use:

  • Filling: Fill the shower with warm or cool water, depending on your preference.
  • Positioning: Point the nozzle gently at the area to be cleaned.
  • Pressure control: Adjust the water pressure for a comfortable clean.
  • Hygiene: Make sure to clean and maintain the shower regularly.

Summary and final thoughts

To summarize, both the traditional lota and the modern mobile butt shower are effective solutions for personal hygiene after using the toilet. While the lota is deeply rooted in tradition, the mobile butt shower offers a practical and environmentally friendly alternative for modern life. Both methods contribute to an increased sense of well-being and are a sign of mindfulness towards the body and the environment.

Dear friends, we hope this article has given you some helpful insights into the world of water-based cleansing methods. Whether you opt for the traditional lota or a mobile butt shower, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and clean. Stay healthy and take care of yourself!

Thank you for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

About the author

Fabian Scholz

Hi, I'm Fabian, founder of Popotti. I have been working on the topics of environment, health and gut for several years. As a speaker and expert, I travel around Germany several times a year for Popotti. If you would like to find out more, please write to me at


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