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Toilet Paper General Information

What is the difference between 1 ply and 2 ply?
Simply put, 1 ply toilet paper means it has one layer of paper, while 2 ply means it has 2.  In the past, 2 ply toilet paper was always thicker and usually assumed to be better. However, now many toilet papers are made of only 1 layer of paper, yet may be thicker and stronger than 2 layers. (More information on 1-ply vs. 2-ply toilet paper)

Which is cheapest, 1 or 2 ply toilet paper?
1 ply TP is generally cheaper to use. People use about the same amount of sheets but they are actually using less paper because it’s 1 ply, therefore it’s cheaper to use. The price of a roll of 1 ply (1,000 sheets per roll) is usually a bit more then rolls of 2 ply (500 sheets per roll). But there is twice the amount of useful sheets on a roll of 1 ply. Also, it depends who is using it! That is why you hear, ‘one ply lasts longer!’.

Is there a pre-moistened toilet paper?
Yes. Kimberly-Clark announced on January 16, 2001, the launch of Cottonelle Fresh™ Rollwipes – America’s first and only disposable, pre-moistened wipe on a roll. Since then, many companies have introduced pre-moistened toilet paper that resembles baby wipes but are targeted towards adults.

What is the best way to buy toilet paper?

In our unbiased (ahem) opinion, the best way to buy toilet paper is by the case from We sell industrial full-sized rolls, bulk cases, and a wide variety of dispensers. It is the product you just do not want to run out of!

You might find that on any given day there is a special price offer on a special toilet paper at your grocery store. But be careful! How many sheets on a roll? Don’t get fooled! Is it the quality you like? Get a case and tuck it away. You will be happy you did. You’ll never run out.

What is the size of a sheet of toilet paper?
This is important! The size of a sheet of toilet paper may vary from one manufacturer to another. The standard size has always traditionally been 4.5″ x 4.5″.

However, in the last ten years manufacturers have come out with “cheater sheets”. These can run as small as 4″ x 3.8″! This means about 15% less paper. So don’t be confused by the advertisement that says “our roll of toilet paper is the cheapest”. It may be that theirs has less sheets and smaller size sheets.  (More information on the standard size of toilet paper sheets).

How many sheets are on a roll?
Traditionally, industrial rolls of toilet paper have 1,000 per roll of one ply and 500 per roll of two ply.  Manufacturers also produce jumbo toilet paper rolls with 2,000 sheets which are generally used in public restrooms. These require special jumbo toilet paper dispensers and are good for public use bathrooms because they last longer and help reduce maintenance/replacement costs.

The consumer market has many different size rolls. Some rolls only have 200 sheets! Some of the sheets are smaller than the standard industrial size of 4.5″ x4.5″. I’ve seen sheets as small as 4′x 3.8″. Be careful. Small rolls have to be changed more often and generally do not cost less. Don’t get fooled!

Which toilet paper is the best?
This is a very difficult questions- the best can be defined by the softest, strongest or most absorbent. New technologies are making tissue softer by blowing air into the manufacturing process and ‘puffing’ up the tissue. This is nice but you also need “wet strength”; meaning how well the toilet paper will hold up when wet. By adding chemicals to the process a tissue becomes stronger and will not just fall apart when it hits water. This is of course important but this wet strength element takes away the softness feature. So a good combination is what the manufacturer tries to achieve. You are the decision maker.

But for your information, Cottonelle is on the rolls here at the Toilet Paper World Headquarters.

How many rolls are in a case?

This varies – Most industrial cases come with 96 rolls and half size cases, which are more convenient for storage, come with 48 rolls per case. Today there are all sorts of bulk pack sizes available.  However, when choosing toilet tissue, the most important thing to look at is the number of sheets per roll to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

What is a jumbo roll?
Toilet paper is now being made on jumbo toilet paper rolls (1,500 sheets per roll) and they require special larger dispensers.  These rolls are used in industrial and public bathroom and are convenient because a larger roll means less changing and less ‘running out’. This is a very convenient way to save time and money.

How much toilet paper is stolen every year?
While there is no public information available about how much toilet paper is stolen every year in the US or across the globe, manufacturers use the issue of ’stealing’ in their marketing strategies when creating toilet paper dispensers and the inner core which the toilet paper itself is rolled on. The idea is that a person is less likely to steal the toilet paper  if they cannot use it easily at home or if it is difficult to take off of the toilet paper dispenser.

For instance, a jumbo toilet paper roll (the ones most common in public restroom) is too large to put under your sweater or in your briefcase. Plus, jumbo toilet paper cannot be used on a household toilet paper dispenser. Also, the dispensers usually have  a lock or are difficult to open, both which help prevent the stealing of toilet paper.

Stealing toilet paper is a big part of the decision process for commercial enterprises when selecting the kind of dispenser and the type of toilet paper to stock in their restrooms.

Also, storage of the TP itself can sometimes be an issue. To help with this matter, it is generally stored in a locked closet to prevent stealing from a company.

Do some customers or employees steal toilet paper? Yes. How much toilet paper is stolen overall? My most educated guess is less than 2%.

What is “tissue”?
Tissue is a general term indicating a class of papers of characteristic gauzy texture, and in some cases, fairly transparent. Tissue papers are made on any type of paper machine, from any type of pulp, including reclaimed paper stock. They may be glazed, unglazed, or creped, and are used for a variety of purposes. Examples are primarily sanitary grades such as toilet, facial, napkin, toweling, wipes, and special sanitary papers. Desirable characteristics are softness, strength, and freedom from lint. There are also waxing, wrapping, and miscellaneous non-sanitary grades.

How much tissue/tissue products are produced each year?
According to the American Forest & Paper Association, approximately 5.8 million tons of tissue grades, consisting of toilet and facial tissue, paper napkins, towels, diapers, and various other sanitary products are produced in the U.S. annually. In 1992, approximately 3.5 million tons of scrap paper was used to manufacture these products.

How is toilet paper ranked in popularity among mass merchandisers?
Across the food, drug and mass merchandiser outlets, bathroom tissue is ranked third among all non-food product categories. (Bathroom Tissue State of the Category)

*Mass merchandisers, in particular, have aggressively promoted larger package sizes of leading premium brands to capture a share of the $4.1 billion bath tissue category. (Bathroom Tissue State of the Category)

What is wet-strength?
Normally, paper loses most of its strength when saturated with water.  A toilet tissue that retains more than 15% of its dry-strength when completely saturated with water may be correctly referred to as “wet-strength paper”. (Etherington & Roberts)

What makes toilet paper soft?

During the drying process, the toilet paper sheet is adhered to one large steel cylinder to dry and is then scraped (or “creped” off) by a metal blade. “Creping” imparts flexibility and stretch into the sheet, while lowering the strength and density, resulting in soft tissue products. (Georgia-Pacific)

Does tissue texture make a difference in cleanliness?

It is said the texture is the result of the patented technology that dries the tissue during the manufacturing process without compressing or embossing it. “This method, designed to clean better, permits the tissue to hold its rippled shape when wet,” it added says Kimberly-Clark

Kleenex Cottonelle – “cushy ripple” tissue, a product designed to enhance the clean, fresh feeling .