I originally wrote and posted this over ten years ago. It used to be
commonly available on the web, but seems to be more scarce now.  It
still has good info in it.

Date: Tue, 21 May 96 10:17:54

For novices to cleaning out, I offer the following. I realize that
more experienced players have long ago determined what works best for
them, and have their own methods. This is a more general discussion
for the beginner:

Cleaning out is a process that is unique to each of us. The exact
position of the large intestine in each of us is unique and has a
number of twists and turns that can make cleaning out in a hurry very
difficult, especially for the novice.

Like anything that you do a lot, learning how to clean out yourself
quickly and completely will come with experience and practice. Most
of the basics have been mentioned here already in earlier posts, but
I would stay away from any kind of forced or purged type cleaning.
Use only clean warm water until you get to know your body. The
"shower shot" devices that hook up to the shower head can help, if
used with care (watch the pressure and volume-speed of the water).

No one can control the conditions of their daily life to use all of
the techniques listed here or in the earlier posts. They are tricks
and tips from my experience and the experience of others that can be
tried and experimented with. You will have to experiment and see what
works for you. However, many will agree that relaxation is the best
preparation for both cleaning out and fisting. That is very hard to
do with an impatient top looking over your shoulder. I would suggest
that unless the cleaning out is an integral part of your scene, that
you might want to do it privately before the scene starts, at least
until you learn how your body responds to the various techniques.

Ideally you should start with controls on your diet a few days before
you plan to play. eat more foods containing dietary fiber, or add a
dose of Metamucil or something into you food intake each day. Getting
adequate amounts of dietary fiber (which most of us in the US don't )
will make cleaning out much easier (in my experience). The last 18-24
hours before you play, try to stay away from things like dairy
products that will bind you up. Other things in that category are
meats, highly processed foods, etc. Go heavy on the fruits and
veggies, (but not too many potatoes). Eat lightly the day of play.
Food takes about 12 hours from the time you eat to enter the large
intestine, and about 12 more to leave under normal circumstances.
This would suggest that you really cut back on intake of foods of
large mass starting about 12-14 hours before you clean out. Eat some
bananas to increase your potassium balance. Losing too much potassium
can cause tremors, light headedness, and similar problems, especially
during/after heavy play.

Water is best. The large intestine is designed to absorb nutrients
and water from the processed food as it moves through. What starts as
a watery soup as it enters the large intestine becomes a solid chunky
mass as it is processed. Adding anything to the water you use to
clean out will cause the gut to try to absorb it. Since most things
you can add to the water are irritants (used in medical offices to
hurry the process along) they will have the propensity to cause
cramps and nausea. Irritated bowels will not make for enjoyable play
either, as they will be stressed out and tightly clenched, making
entry of a hand beyond the sphincter almost impossible. So use water,
and ONLY water until you have more experience.

When cleaning out, expect to spend up to 2 hours doing it. Get
yourself into a relaxed mood, (use some music, read a relaxing
article, or meditate, etc) to relax your body. The intestinal muscles
usually will reflect your mood - the more tense you are, the more
closed and tight they will be. Experiment with techniques for getting
the water into and out of you. As you can see from the other posts,
there are a number of suggestions. Some use several sessions of
cleaning over a few hour period, and some just keep flushing
themselves until they are clean. Many of us find that lying on our
backs or side will help the water mover higher into the gut to bring
down the shit that's there. You should expect that you will get
several distinct parcels of material coming down. The first will be
somewhat solid, and depending on you diet, either in large chunks or
small nuggets. Then will come softer stuff, and finally, you will get
the brown liquid containing flecks and very small pieces of matter.
Don't try to rush this process! Doing so will give less than
desirable results. I find that for myself, a combination of lying and
standing works best, depending on where I am in the process of cleaning out.

If your diet has a high level of fructose, you are lactose intolerant
and you eat dairy products, or you dramatically increase fiber
intake, you may generate a lot of gas. Gas can make it impossible to
clean out fully. Also, not purging air form the douche hose before
putting it into your butt can add to the air in there. This may give
you cramps, and block the water from getting high enough inside to
clean you out. If you take the water standing, this will cause the
air to move higher up in the gut. [It floats on the water] That's why
some like to take the water lying sown, at a slower pace. Another
technique is to lie on your back in the shower and use your feet
against the wall to raise your butt up so that it is higher than the
gut and then take the water. This allows the water to work it's way
behind the gas bubbles, and then when you expel the water, the
bubbles can flow out with the water. If you are stuck, and can't get
rid of the air bubble, you can try lying down for a half hour or so
in various positions to help move the bubble closer to the rectum.
This is another area that experience, and trial and error teach best.

I have found that I am very sensitive to additives in the water I
use. You may be similarly situated. Don't use any soap or other
additive until you can clean out without trouble. Then if you want to
try an additive, do so using sparing amounts, and never switch mid
session. That way you can determine what works and what doesn't. Wait
a few days after the cleaning to see if there are any other
after-effects also, before declaring something OK or not. If you are
sensitive to salt, beware of cleaning out with highly softened water.
Softened water may be very salty, and through absorption, could
exacerbate any salt problem you have. Also, expect to piss during the
clean-out process. Your gut will be trying it's best to absorb water
from the quantity you are introducing. Your bladder will fill up.
Empty it as necessary. Holding it in will make it harder to get clean.

After the play, you might want to eat a fair amount of Yogurt or take
Acidophilus capsules. The gut is a living environment, with countless
micro-organisms of various kinds that live in your gut and are
necessary for the digestion of food, and the elimination of waste.
Cleaning out can drastically alter the environmental conditions in
the gut, flushing out these essential critters. And the better job of
cleaning we do, the more we upset the balance. Eating Yogurt, taking
Acidophilus capsules, or eating other culture-containing foods can
help the gut restore it's natural environment after it's been
cleaned, and minimize any after-play intestinal problems. Don't count
on frozen yogurt to do this, as freezing the yogurt kills most, if
not all, of the cultures.

Also realize, that sometimes you won't be able to clean out
completely. Stress, mood, diet, health, and other factors are
involved, and sometimes it will not be possible to get all the shit
out in an hour or two. But with practice, you will be able to effect
good cleaning most of the time. And for the times you can't get clean
- then practice Topping! :-)