What is the right way to hang up toilet paper: Over or under? | The Tylt
What is the right way to hang up toilet paper: Over or under?
It's as simple as this: when the end of the toilet paper is positioned over the roll, the paper itself is more accessible. Most people want to exert the minimum possible effort to grab the toilet paper, and by placing the roll in the "over" position, you minimize the space between you and the paper itself, creating an easy environment for quick tearing.
'If you think about toilet paper as it is dispensed, this makes sense,' says Mark Huntley, director of marketing at Go City Wide, a management company in the building maintenance industry. 'When dispensing toilet paper with it rolling over the top, the paper naturally pulls away from the roll and when you tear off a piece, there is little chance of your dirty hand touching the roll,' he explains.
That argument is just wrong. By having the end of the toilet paper under the roll, there is a natural tension when tearing the paper off. The roll itself acts as a barrier, preventing any accidental unwinding and ultimately saving toilet paper in the process.
Plus, if you have a pet (or a small child), under is definitely the way to go. No cat paws or claws are going to unravel your entire double-ply roll; they won't be able to reach it.
You're not the only one who uses that toilet paper roll! Even if you live on your own, do your guests a favor and drape your toilet paper over the roll like and sensible human being. "Over" is cleaner.
...dirty hands on toilet paper, of course, means the transfer of harmful bacteria. 'When you dispense toilet paper with the under method, as you attempt to pull the toilet paper off the roll, you usually have to get your hand a bit closer to the existing roll which results in a much higher likelihood of you touching the unused toilet paper,' says Huntley.
The original toilet paper patent from 1891 shows the toilet paper going over the roll. That's tough to argue with. And, finally, some less scientific proof that toilet paper belongs over the roll: Take a look at the pattern on your paper next time you’re in the bathroom. Any patterns or embossings are right-side up when hung over the roll. In the under position, patterns or embossings tend to be backwards or upside-down.
But the "under" strategy looks cleaner. Unless you're in the habit of folding the end of your toilet paper into a pointed triangle–treating your home like the five-star hotel that it is–you should hide the paper behind the roll, giving your bathroom a nice, sleek appearance.
According to LifeHack, 30 percent of people choose the loose end of the paper falling under or behind the roll. Sure, it's a minority position, but what it lacks in numbers, it makes up for in conviction.
This camp is dependable, artistic and relaxed. They understand that although the end of the toilet paper may be a few more inches away, their life is made easier by roll's inverted positioning.