04 May 2010

Slow the toilet paper roll's spin to make it last longer

Toilet paper Rabia, I am so impressed that you took the time to send in your toilet paper-saving theory:

Found this out quite by accident as my brother was doing some painting and remodeling in our bathroom.  The bar that holds the toilet paper roll was covered in plaster dust and when I tried to spin it to get some toilet paper off of it, it did not spin nearly as easily as usual.  Slowing down the spin would be a good thing in our house so not as much paper comes off with each pull.  If you could somehow rough up the bar so it is not as smooth and made it a little harder to get it off the roll in the first place, I think it might greatly reduce your child's toilet paper usage.

I'm thinking that just flattening out the roll would have a similar effect, as it wouldn't spin as smoothly. What say you? Can the Parenthacker hive mind come up with an even better way to make toilet paper last longer?

Related: Cottonelle Kids shows kids how much toilet paper to use

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I'm going to try flattening out the roll on your suggestion. If that doesn't work, I'm thinking of stuffing a wad of TP in between roll and bar...it'd just be a matter of putting in the right amount.

Because of a comment in a newspaper article, I've been flattening the rolls for almost a month. Slowing the spin seems to have a notable effect, and no one here has noticed.

Yep, I've heard of the roll smush, and tried it, and it works. Funny, though, my toddler is very careful about how much she takes no matter what--it's her parents that don't pay attention.

все здорово, а еще надо меньше есть (шутка)

Heh! This is what the Russian-to-English translator says:

"great, but still need to eat less (just kidding)"

A quick squeeze before putting the roll on to flatten it out a bit works wonderfully. I've been doing this for about a year and it helps with my toddler too ;)

I was thinking maybe a rubber band or two wrapped around the bar might create a little friction . . . (untested theory).

My dad stuck a piece of velcro to the holder (the rough/hooked side) to give it a little friction.

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