Odds are you’ve probably asked yourself whether or not you put the toilet paper roll on the holder correctly. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! While you might decide it’s all based on personal preference, unfortunately, it’s not.
According to Inc., this controversial topic “was allegedly the topic that generated the most letters to Dear Abby on a single subject.”
“The moment when a restroom user’s hands are most likely to carry bacteria is when they reach for toilet paper,” Geoffrey James stated after sharing results from a study conducted at the University of Colorado, which found “19 groups of bacteria on the doors, floors, faucet handles, soap dispensers, and toilets of 12 public restrooms in Colorado.”
Shocking, right? Just imagine: you’re in the bathroom and reach for the TP, and the end is loose and dangling under the roll. When you reach for it, your fingers, hand, and toilet paper touch the wall behind it. Now picture EVERYONE who uses that same exact roll of toilet paper touching those same spots before you did.
When the toilet paper is “dangling under”, you are forced to touch more of it than you would if it were otherwise flipped the correct way. And since not everyone’s hands are as clean as we’d all hope, all the germs getting on you and the tissue you’re about to wipe with is…disgusting. Now just imagine a public restroom. Yikes!
The correct way? Hang the toilet paper with the loose end flapping over the top.