The Correct Way to Hang Toilet Paper: The Debate is Over 

The long debate of how a toilet paper roll should be hung is finally solved. This seemingly insignificant decision has sparked hilarious debates, divided households, and even elicited passionate arguments amongst friends, family members and colleagues. The question is: which way should you hang your toilet paper roll? The answer is clear – it should hang over the roll, and here’s why.

The debate over toilet paper orientation dates back to the late 19th century when Seth Wheeler, an American inventor and entrepreneur, patented the first perforated toilet paper roll in 1891. Interestingly, Wheeler’s patent drawings and instructions clearly depicted the roll hanging over, not under. This suggests that even from the inception of the modern toilet paper roll, there was an intended and “proper” way to hang it.

But why is hanging your toilet paper over the roll considered the right way? Besides the historical precedent set by Seth Wheeler, there are practical reasons to support this choice. One of the most significant factors is hygiene.

When the toilet paper hangs over the roll, it creates a more sanitary environment in your bathroom. Imagine this scenario: you’ve just washed your hands after using the toilet, and now you need to grab some toilet paper. If the roll hangs under, you’re more likely to accidentally brush your knuckles or fingers against the wall or surrounding surface. This can transfer germs and bacteria from your hands to those areas, potentially leading to cross-contamination.

On the other hand, when the toilet paper hangs over the roll, it is much less likely that your hand will come into contact with the wall or surrounding area.

In addition to the practical reasons, the over-the-roll orientation is often considered more aesthetically pleasing. It presents a neat and organized appearance, making it easier to tear off whatever amount of toilet paper you wish. This is demonstrated best in some hotels, as when the toilet paper hangs over the roll, housekeeping can take the ends of the paper and fold it to create a triangular fold. This is a sign to a hotel guest that the bathroom is clean and well maintained. 

There you have it- toilet paper etiquette is a real thing! The next time this debate arises, you will rightly so be armed with all the facts…and now you can also just forward this article. Want to see it in action? Click here to see an example.

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