Revenge of the Toilet Roll

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.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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21 Responses to Revenge of the Toilet Roll

  1. We solved this problem by ordering a Luxe Budget for under $50. Ordered online and easy to install it is now my favorite gift. Claudia

  2. 🙋🏻‍♀️ Di,
    We receive less and pay more now.
    A frugal person who comparison shops is a smart individual.
    I checked my mega rolls (LOL) 425 sheets of 2 ply. The manufacturer states they are longer lasting.
    With no price listed on the packaging and down to one remaining extra I’m unable to state the cost.
    It’s likely though it did increase and will continue in future.
    When I checked I found a site to visit listed on the packaging for savings. This could prove interesting.
    Paper products and bottled water appear to be 1/4 of the final figure on my market receipts. SAD!
    Keep up the good work.

    • Hi June. Thanks for commenting. I like to get value for money wherever possible, but for some reason toilet rolls always seem to be on my mind!!! No more. Time to find something else……… maybe baked beans. Bought a cheaper variety and although they tasted OK, more sauce and less beans.

  3. Have you consider a bidet? We got one for each toilet — the kind with the hoses — and they are great. Not only do we need very little toilet paper, but we feel so much CLEANER. They aren’t very expensive and are useful for a variety of other things, too.

  4. Paula Light says:

    I get it. I debate myself over the cheapo trash bags vs more expensive & this last time went for the $ ones because the cheap ones keep breaking. It’s not a bargain if half don’t work!

  5. Chel Owens says:

    Yes, I think the bidet might be interesting to compare to, cost-wise.

  6. Yes, I have my budget brain switched on, trying to save a few pennies here and there.
    This is after wanting to give up and find a large cardboard box somewhere. Honestly, we are at the mercy of these money-grabbing companies…

  7. 🤣 – slow news day for you, then?

  8. murisopsis says:

    It is the same all over. We keep one bathroom stocked with the extra deluxe paper and only put it on the roll for guests… The rest of the time Sparky likes a cheaper brand for its quality but I find it hard to source!! He’ll just have to “go” with the available product!

  9. willowdot21 says:

    You are so right …. nothing gets bigger it all stays the same price for less.💜💜

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