The History of Toilet Paper


toilet paperToilet paper is a relatively new invention and has been around since the late 1880’s. Before this time it is believed that people made do with whatever was around in their location. For those living up north it may mean using handfuls of snow in the winter time. For others it could be using leaves or moss. Apparently in Roman times people used a sponge attached to a stick or handle. The sponge was then placed in water before being used.
There are still places in the world today that do not use toilet paper. Many of these are places where there is no plumbing available. In some cultures such as in India people believe that cleaning themselves with water is more hygienic.
The first toilet paper in the United States was created by Joseph Gayetty in 1857. This toilet paper was medicated and sold in flat sheets inside a box. The toilet paper dispenser as we are used to today was introduced around 1883.
It is estimated that 26 billion rolls of toilet paper are sold just in the United States alone. In 1990 in the U.K. moist toilet paper was introduced by the Andrex Company. Kimberly Clark introduced this in the U.S. in 2001. It is thought to clean better than using dry paper and is extremely helpful for women during their menstruation time.
Today toilet paper is available in different textures, colors and various materials. Some toilet paper manufacturers are making toilet paper from recycled materials and promote these products as ‘green’ or ‘eco friendly’ toilet paper.
At one time people who lived in the country had to be careful about what brand of toilet paper to buy. This was because of septic systems not being able to handle certain materials. Today most newer septic systems can handle the majority of brands. Helping this is the fact that manufacturers have taken the time and effort to produce toilet paper for both types of systems, regular and septic tanks.
Today shoppers are faced with having to choose between so many varieties of toilet paper. Have you taken the time to count the number of brands at your local grocery store? Our issue in modern times is not in knowing what to use but in deciding just which brand to buy!
Toilet paper is a common necessity that we would definitely have a hard time living without. This relatively small item can be a huge cost on our grocery bill each month. Savvy shoppers are using toilet paper coupons as much as possible to help keep costs down.
The next time you are at the grocery store take a good look at the toilet paper isle and then imagine what you would do without all these choices?

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