Thursday, July 18, 2013

No Crap, Just Facts!

Imagine being trapped in the bathroom without any tissue. Now that’s a scary thought. Toilet paper is something you don't think much about until it's not there. Toilet paper was voted the 20th century convenience that is taken most for granted. It is the cheapest, but most valued commodity in households worldwide. It is the greatest necessity one would choose if stranded on a desert island.

Most of us think of toilet paper as really only having one use. As this may be true for the most part, there are a handful of other reasons we use toilet paper. From most to least common:
  • Nose care
  • Wiping small spills
  • Removing makeup
  • Cleaning mirrors
  • Cleaning a child's hand or face
  • To cover the toilet seat in a public or portable restroom
  • Cleaning glass

With toilet paper being a little more handy than we may have originally thought, it makes sense that such a large amount is used each year. In a household bathroom, a standard roll of bath tissue will typically be used within 5 days. On average, a person will use 8.6 sheets of toilet paper per trip to the restroom, totaling 57 sheets per day. That brings us to a grand total of 20,805 sheets used per year by a single person.

So we know we use a lot of it, but let's dig a little deeper. As discussed in our previous blog, people can be pretty particular about their toilet paper. There's the ongoing debate of whether it's correct to let your toilet paper hang over or under the roll. What about once it's off the roll and in your hand - do you fold, wad or wrap? A survey shows that women are more prone to wad while men will more commonly fold.
  • 40% of people are Folders/Stackers
  • 40% of people are Wadders
  • 20% of people are Wrappers
The next time nature calls, see if you notice whether you're a folder, wadder or wrapper!

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