Hubby and I are average users of ‘The Smallest Room’, but when we were getting through a complete toilet roll in just a few days, I was concerned that our digestive systems were up the creek.
Then I checked the packet, and the number of sheets had been reduced to 170.
You probably think I am a sad individual to keep track of such things, but with prices rocketing the way they are, soft tissue for our delicate little places may become a luxury few can afford.
Thoughts have been rolling round in my head on the subject (yes, I know thinking can be dangerous for someone like me) and manufacturers have come a long way in this particular product line.
But, IMO in this case, size matters, and we want to get the best for our money.
I’ve done several posts on this subject, so I won’t be offended is you switch off, come out of this post, or simply sigh ‘not again’. But if you are really interested in my babbling, read on
We had been using three ply tissue, which was a replacement to the 4 ply we had been using which was suddenly unavailable. When stocks were once again in abundance, the quality was rubbish, by which time we had discovered the Aloe Vera tissue.
On one particular brand, they even told you how many squares to use (4) and those rolls were two ply to the tune of 220 sheets per roll.
OK then, four squares a go, that’s 55 goes per roll.
The number of times each individual visits the throne room has to be taken into account so I’ll leave that part of the equation for you to work out.
My mind has been thinking of the number of ply, so 170 sheets of 3 ply is 510 pieces.
220 sheets of 2 ply is only 440 pieces, so if 8 pieces is the recommended usage (4 sheets of 2 ply), 8s into 510 is 63, almost 64. Better value for money on paper then?
It would follow that 3 sheets of 2 ply should have the same absorbancy as 2 sheets of 3 ply. Except it doesn’t always work like that does it as some papers are useless when wet.
There is something else to consider though and that is flushability.
Bet you never think about that very often.
When we lived in the cottage, we had a cess pit so had to be really careful what we put down our drains or flushed down the loo. We couldn’t use bleaches because it would kill the bacteria necessary for a cess pit to work properly, and some brands of toilet tissue did not flush well causing blockages in our shallow drains. We invested in a set of drain rods as to call out a professional was expensive, but once we knew how it all worked, we got quite savvy and never had a problem. In the seven years we lived there, we only had our cess pit emptied about four times, and one of those was when we sold the property.
Modern day toilet tissue may be padded, quilted, patterned, multi ply or whatever but at the end of the day, you don’t want it clogging up the pipework and coming back atcha!
My experiment with the luxury two ply tissue has been an interesting exercise.
Each roll is definitely lasting us longer on the holder and doing the job, but I have noticed that when one of these 2 ply rolls is on top of a three ply roll on the rack, the sheets are smaller in size.
Nine rolls of three ply will set us back £3.59 (or did before they ran out stock).
Nine rolls of the luxury 2 ply will set us back £3.99.
Swings and roundabouts guys ‘n’ gals.
If it works, stick with it.