Are you using too much toilet paper at home? That’s understandable, especially if you’re in a big household. But, there are simple ways you can do to reduce or maximize toilet paper consumption.
We use toilet paper not just at home but anywhere because it’s already part of our necessities. For many, it also serves as a back up for wiping surfaces clean which is part of the reason the average home goes through a lot of toilet paper.
Although toilet paper is usually readily available, recent news has people panicking, and this leads to the shortages of many sanitary essentials like toilet paper and alcohol. Many stores run ran out of toilet paper and other essentials mostly because aside from panic buying, other people are hoarding toilet paper.
One of the easiest ways to drastically reduce your toilet paper consumption is by switching from toilet paper to a bidet. However, even though there are now convenient bidets that attach to your existing toilet seat many Americans still don’t embrace the idea. While this would help eliminate the need for toilet paper and that you can benefit from long-term, realistically many people are not going to do so and toilet paper is still the standard in most bathrooms.
There are plenty of ways to save toilet paper, let’s look at some creative and resourceful ways to save using toilet paper.
Toilet Paper – How to Get the Most out of Every Roll Don’t Use Toilet Paper for Cleaning! Terry Towel Cleaning Cloths (Image: Amazon)
Instead of using toilet paper to wipe down the bathroom vanity, clean spots off the mirror or dry up splashes and spill. Always utilize reusable cloth rags. Doing so can help reduce paper consumption on a daily basis. The same goes for paper towels when you’re prepping your meals in the kitchen – some people don’t realize how much paper can be saved by using rags for most of the work and keeping paper towels for convenience.
While you can stock up on cleaning rags or shop towels buy buying in bulk like these on Amazon, you can just or make your own out of old and used clothes. For an old t-shirt, for example, cut the upper part of the shirt, at the chest area, and then make use of the lower part as rags.
Cut the sides of the bottom part and you’ll have two cleaning rags already. Fold each rag and keep them in one place in your home for easier access.
Use a Toilet Paper Dispenser Toilet Paper Dispenser (Image: Amazon)
A toilet paper dispenser primarily helps you control the number of sheets you’ll get in each use. Although this might be another addition to your expenses, it can give you a long-term advantage in terms of managing toilet paper use.
This also means you save money long-term because you’ll only buy toilet paper less often.
Only Put Out One Toilet Paper Roll at a Time
This tip is a very effective way to lessen down toilet paper consumption. Leaving one toilet paper roll out at a time promotes self-discipline to family members and discourages wasteful habits.
While it’s become a popular interior decorating style to store an abundance of rolls in a wicker basket, wooden crate or fill a whole bathroom shelf with geometric rows of toilet paper, there is something about seeing an abundance of something that leads your brain to think it’s expendable – kids especially get the idea that it’s cheap and readily available rather than something to conserve.
Hide the remaining rolls in a cabinet so your family won’t see them. This keeps them from thinking that there are still plenty and that they shouldn’t mindfully use the toilet paper.
Also, it’s best to always remind them that you’re implementing this discipline because you don’t want to waste toilet paper. Make sure that you completely consume each roll before replacing it with another to maximize the use of each sheet.
Get High-Quality Toilet Paper High-quality toilet paper (Image: Amazon)
Although it’s tempting to get the cheaper ones, it’s more practical and cost-effect if you’ll buy high-quality toilet paper. One reason is that high-quality toilet paper is highly absorbent because it usually has two to four plys.
This also means you will only use less. Another benefit of it is that many trusted brands produce those that don’t easily break when wet so you can achieve efficient wiping and cleaning.
To maximize its use, get a few sheets only when wiping a small amount of liquid, just enough to let it absorb the wetness. The price for this type might be a little higher, but you’ll definitely save more money and sheets if you opt for this.
You might check out for discounts or sale at the nearest stores or online to get a cheaper price for the high-quality toilet paper. You can also ask people you know if they have an idea of where to look for high-quality ones at a lesser price.
Press the Roll Flat Before Using
One good trick to lessen the use of toilet paper is to press the roll flatter before placing it in the holder. This way, you’ll prevent the sheets from sliding freely from the roll and have control over the number of sheets you’ll get in each use.
Just make sure to educate your family members about this, so they also understand your purpose. The goal here is to somewhat “unshape” the cardboard roll of the toilet paper, so it doesn’t allow a free slide of the sheets, instead of getting a long stream of paper, the uneven roll will cause the paper to break apart every few sheets- it also teaches kids to “Fold” a few sheets rather than ” wad” a bunch of paper into a big bunch that doesn’t even really get used.
Teach Your Kids to Use Toilet Paper Correctly
For young children at home, it’s best to be with them every time they use the toilet paper and teach them how to use it efficiently. This allows you to educate them about the disadvantages of wasteful habits.
For older children, you may not need to be with them when they use it but make sure to let them understand the environmental effects of not properly using the toilet paper. You can also show your children how much is too many if this helps them understand better. Flatting the roll (the tip above) also prevents them from rolling out a long string of paper.
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