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January 31, 2012

Experts' Experts: How to hang your toilet paper correctly


Finally, something of value here.

What took so long?

Never mind.

From Apartment Therapy:


While filming promotional videos for Cottonelle with conference attendees at the Altitude Design Summit Conference last week, the issue of which way toilet paper should be hung came up repeatedly. It made me realize that when you're living with someone, little things like this can spark big fights (it happened to me too).

What's the right way to hang toilet paper?

• Waterfall method (left, above)
• Underhand method (right, above)

The correct way — by unanimous consent in polls over the years — is the Waterfall method.


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Posted by: sherlock | Feb 1, 2012 3:05:01 PM

'Wrong' (underhand) way is right:

Besides aforementioned benefits (cats, one-hand access, etc.), it is easy to correct an UNSIGHTLY (too-long) strip hanging down; you just give it a whack and it rolls back up.

Posted by: stcoreidge | Feb 1, 2012 10:48:48 AM

Just because it's the most popular doesn't mean it's right.

Posted by: mark | Feb 1, 2012 5:56:08 AM

i vote for the waterfall method - however if i find the tp in the dispenser almost empty i will get another role and hide it behind the shower curtain thereby forcing the wife to properly fill it before use of facility

Posted by: sherlock | Feb 1, 2012 12:18:43 AM

Underhand! If I'm painting your bath or powder room, I'll switch it on you beware.

Posted by: friskypainter | Jan 31, 2012 10:44:42 PM

Polls? Who asked me???? Waterfall is for drips!!!!! Underhand rules!

Posted by: Virginia | Jan 31, 2012 9:22:07 PM

Gray Cat is no doubt appreciative of the waterfall method. It's a little sad that my cats don't care about that kind of thing anymore.

Posted by: Becs | Jan 31, 2012 5:30:03 PM

Miss Manners also extolled the virtues of the waterfall method. I bet her house is spotless.

I've owned cats for years and never had one mess with the toilet paper roll more than once. Someone doesn't know how to train their cats very well. (And yes, cats are trainable.)

Kids, on the other hand, are apparently untrainable. Having never had any, I'll let you guys figure out the parenting fix.

Me, personally, I prefer the "empty roll on the spindle, full roll on the bathroom counter" method. It works great with multiple roommates. Also matches the "clean dishes are in the dishwasher" and "vacuum only when company is coming over" methods we have for cleaning. (I will be so happy when I no longer have roommates and can work on redeveloping proper house-cleaning habits.)

Posted by: LARPkitten | Jan 31, 2012 1:48:45 PM

Also, the "underhand" orientation makes it much easier to tear off a precise length of tissue using only one hand. This can be an important advantage if the dispenser is mounted in an awkward location.

Posted by: Fred | Jan 31, 2012 1:34:42 PM

I've found that toilet paper mounted on a spindle such as the one shown tends to get out of control quickly with one good yank - you want just a few squares, you get a cascade to the floor. It's also more susceptible to backlash and waggish feline pranksters. Sometimes the underhand method can slow down the rate of paper flow. Sometimes. This old house has one working bathroom with the ancient, original tiles (in burgundy, gray, and white - yuck) and the TP holder recessed into the wall (with the original-to-the-house wooden spindle), and of course in those days the TP rolls were tinier, so a modern mega-roll of Charmin has to be crammed into the space, slowing paper retrieval down to an alarming degree. Once the roll has been slimmed down a tad, the underhand method works perfectly.

I wonder if the huge roll of today (last week at Kroger I saw a gargantuan 2X mega-roll that I could not believe - I've never seen the holder that would be able to contain it) is indicative in part of the overly-well-fed American of today?

Posted by: Flautist | Jan 31, 2012 1:34:13 PM

Got kids? Grand kids? "Waterfall" is a massive fail (but, lots of fun) for the 6 and under set.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jan 31, 2012 1:24:59 PM

I'm told cats find the waterfall method irresistable.

Posted by: John Englert | Jan 31, 2012 1:21:26 PM

The waterfall method is necessary and, therefore, correct anytime visitors should expect poor attention to regular cleanliness - (e.g. gas stations) or an aversion to lawsuits (e.g. hotels, restaurants).

In a personal residence either method connotes a personal preference, but the paper-near-the-wall method also promises a bit more to guests: rest assured that attention to regular scrubbing of bathroom wall tiles is the custom here.

Guests are easily able to find clues to support or dispel the rigor of regular bathroom tile cleaning. Last time I had checked, more Lysol was purchased annually in Europe than in the U.S.

Posted by: Juan Caruso | Jan 31, 2012 12:52:07 PM

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