Toilet paper is not a topic I ever thought I would write a whole blog post about. But here we are.
As we all know, in an emergency crisis people can get crazy and hoard things they normally wouldn’t worry about.
In 2020, toilet paper reached the top of this list. Toilet paper began to be in short supply as people bought more than they needed and shelves were wiped out.
Even though the Coronovirus (COVID-19) Pandemic had not reached us fully yet and stomach issues were not symptoms of the virus, it didn’t matter. People went crazy on the toilet paper.
Weeks later, the grocery stores are still cleared out of toilet paper (even the expensive brands) and people are starting to worry they will run out.
So today, I wanted to talk about toilet paper: how much you really need and what to do if you don’t have any.
How Much Toilet Paper Does A Person Use Per Week?
There are multiple factors that effect how much toilet paper the average uses per week. Here are a few things to consider:
- Do you have any digestive/intestinal problems that make you go to the bathroom more often?
- Are you male or female?
- How much toilet paper do you use with each bathroom visit?
- Do you have little kids that use way more than they need?
For this study, I am going to claim (from my own observations only) that the average female uses 1 regular size roll of toilet paper per week.
For this study, I am going to claim (from my own observations only) that the average male uses 1/2 of a regular size roll of toilet paper per week.
We buy double rolls for our house, so these numbers would need to be adjusted accordingly.
Of course, this isn’t a scientific study. They are just numbers that will help us plan our toilet paper usage and how much we need to buy for our family.
In our family of 5, we have 4 males and 1 female (yeah me!). So we need 3 rolls of toilet paper per week.
Since I just happened to have bought a large package of double rolls about a week before the crazies came, we are still good for a few weeks.
What about you? Do the math. How many rolls will you go thru in an average week?
What Do We Do If We Run Out of Toilet Paper?
If you think you might run out of toilet paper and can’t find any in the store, what do you do?
- You can ration, but that will last you only so long.
- You can stalk the store and wait for them to restock. But only grab what you need. Don’t hoard!
- You can try the alternatives listed below.
What Alternatives Are Available For Toilet Paper?
- Water– You can use a bidet (more popular in Europe), sprayer, spray bottle or anything water related to wash yourself off.
- Wipes– If you have toilet safe wipes, you can use those.
- Paper– Newspaper, paper towels, etc. Obviously, don’t put these in the toilet. You will have a big mess quickly.
- Cloth– You can make cloths especially for this problem or use what you have. Make sure and wash them in hot water and dry them in the sun to kill off bacteria.
What Can We Learn From The Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020?
Any time an emergency happens, I always think “what can I learn from this for next time?”
In this post I wrote about what I have already learned from the Coronavirus scare so far —> 7 Things I Learned From The Coronavirus Scare.
I will continue to make notes for future reference as we go thru this trial.
I have learned 3 things about toilet paper so far:
- I need to add more toilet paper to my emergency supply when this is all over.
- We need to teach our children how to use the appropriate amount of toilet paper, crisis or not.
- I am thankful for toilet paper so I don’t have to use the alternatives on a regular basis.
I hope this blog post has helped you put the toilet paper shortage of 2020 in perspective. Hopefully stores will be able to keep up with demand and you can get what you need.
If not, try some of these alternatives and then be thankful when you can use the nice stuff again.
Whatever you do, don’t panic and hoard toilet paper! We will all get thru this if we stay calm and wipe on!
Are you short on toilet paper? Let us know in the comments below. And if you found this post helpful, please share. Thanks!