This is The Right Way to Hang Toilet Paper, According to Science
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This is The Right Way to Hang Toilet Paper, According to Science

So, what’s the “right” way?

The patent for toilet paper should settle the over vs under debate. The inventor of perforated toilet paper, New York businessman Seth Wheeler, illustrated his new and futuristic creation in 1891. And behold, the right way to hang your toilet paper is with the end going over the top. And so, a verdict from deep in the past proves to be the final word on this hot button issue. Hurray!

Yeah, so what?

Well. there are benefits when it comes to the ‘over’ way. Turns out, numerous studies indicate this way decreases germ exposure in your bathroom. If the toilet paper is hung “over” your fingers only touch the toilet paper that you are using. However, if the toilet paper is hung “under” there’s a good chance your fingers will brush the wall as well, leaving a deposit and picking up germs. Bathrooms, especially public ones, are chock full of bacteria…

And what about the decoration on some brands of toilet paper. You can only enjoy those when the roll is hung the right way.

Isn’t that just a preference, though?

Yes, it is. Luckily, we have freedom of toilet paper position.  There are circumstances in which it is even preferred to use the ‘under’ method. Do you have pets or toddlers in the house? If you don’t want to find your pet or child dressed up as a toilet paper mummy hang the roll backwards. This makes it a lot more difficult for little fingers or paws to grab the toilet paper and play with it.

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