Toilet Paper Habits

United States
May 30, 2011 3:56pm CST
The other day my daughter informed me that I had failed to flush the toilet. "Not me, huh-uh!" I said. Then she said it had to be me because I'm the only one who folds my toilet paper like that. What could I say? It got me pondering, though. (Hey! You gotta think about something, right?) I remember when I was little I used to roll the paper out till it touched the floor, using the wall as my measuring stick. Then I would bunch it up into a ball before I used it. My mother would measure out a length, fold in two and then again. I remember seeing her do this many times. In my old age, I have taken after her in that. I usually measure out five to seven squares, fold them in two and then in thirds before using them. When I was a young adult pregnant with my first baby I stayed with some folks who had the Granny come for a visit. Well, Granny used only one square, folding it in fourths. I could never understand how anyone could get clean with just one square. What about you? Is there a certain amount you use and do you have a ritual you perform, a certain way you fold it before using it? And isn't this a fun topic? LOL
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@louievill (22088)
• Philippines
31 May 11
Hi I use TP proportional to what it encounters so it's a case to case basis, anyway I bathe or shower afterwards so I do not think the amount or signature marks mean much to me
• United States
31 May 11
You bathe every time you use the toilet? Wow...that would mean you bathe at least three or four times a day!
@louievill (22088)
• Philippines
31 May 11
That's not very uncommon here friend, probably because of the hot climate, taking a bath or a quick shower 2 or 3 times here is quite common, anyway I defecate mostly just in the morning so it comes with the morning shower as well, if there's a second round maybe from eating too much, then that makes it two which makes is still quite natural for us, again I think habits are very much well affected by regions and climates.
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• United States
1 Jun 11
Yah, I guess. In my home we have to conserve water and so bathe maybe twice a week, which is what I grew up with. As a young adult I showered daily for a while but since my daughter was born I've gone back to the twice a week that I grew up with. Any more than that and my skin dries out so bad, it hurts!
@ElicBxn (61041)
• United States
30 May 11
still kind of wad it up in a ball if I have enough to do so one square... ugh!
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• United States
30 May 11
I know, right??? Who wants to get their hand dirty or wet? Ewwww!
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@ElicBxn (61041)
• United States
30 May 11
there was/is some environmentalist wacko who wants people to only use one square... one thing to do it for economic reasons, but to FORCE people?!?!
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• United States
30 May 11
LOL...yes, I know there was a big uproar online when Sheryl Crow suggested everyone use just one square of TP. I would have to bathe every time I used the toilet if I did that. May as well not wipe at all, eh? LOL
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
30 May 11
Hi. alaskanray. Wow! Aren't you and your granny patient. I don't think that I have the patience to fold up my toilet paper into squares and lengths before I will use them. I just take the amount that I need to use off of the toilet paper roll, then I ball it up and then I use it then.
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• United States
30 May 11
LOL...I suppose I should poll the folks as to their ages, as well. I used to just wad up my TP as well but as I've aged I've gotten more and more into neatness in my personal habits...even my use of the TP.
@cikedo (3486)
• United States
30 May 11
Lol, this is an interesting topic. I usually use wet wipes instead of toilet paper because it is cleaner and doesn't leave behind dust like toilet paper does. Typically one wet wipe will do the job. When I do have to use toilet paper 3-4 squares works for me.
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• United States
30 May 11
LOL...well, my mom in her old age used to have a wash cloth that she would use specifically for cleaning her hiney. She was so cute about it, too. I remember handing it to her once when she was in the bath and she said, "NO! Not that one! I use that for just my bottom!" She was horrified at the thought of using it to wash her face! Of course, this was before the invention of the wet wipes.
@Jessi_T (380)
• United States
30 May 11
I can't say I ever gave it any thought. I just tear off some and fold it. I do not want to know what "Granny" did with that one square.
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• United States
30 May 11
LOL...I know what you mean! I never could figure that one out, either.