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Japanese Restrooms Have Special Toilet Paper For Wiping Your Phone

Wipe, then swipe.

02/01/2017 9:09 PM AEDT | Updated 04/01/2017 1:28 AM AEDT

When you’re cleaning up after number two, don’t forget your number one gadget.

NTT Docomo, a unit of Japan’s telecom giant, has installed smartphone wipes in restrooms at Tokyo Narita International Airport.

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A man demonstrates the new cellphone toilet paper. 

The company even posted a helpful instructional video on how to use Japanese toilets and bidets (which it calls a “shower”) as well as the new smartphone wipes. 

The wipes will be in some of the Narita bathrooms until March 15, NTT Docomo said.

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A close-up look at the new smartphone toilet paper.

The wipes also double as ads for NTT’s wifi service, as well as a travel guide app that offers voice translation for visitors to Japan. 

But no matter where you are, giving the phone a wipe isn’t a bad idea: A 2012 study for the Wall Street Journal found poop germs on all eight of the cellphones randomly tested, while a University of Arizona study found that phones are 10 times germier than the typical toilet seat

H/T Manga University/ Reuters

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