Toilet paper is something you use on a daily basis, but how much do you really know about it? The more you think about it, the more you appreciate it. Have you ever been in a public bathroom, or even your own bathroom, only to realize you’ve run out? You definitely think about it them. Here are some fun facts and a brief history on toilet paper from your Santa Rosa portable toilet company.
Toilet Paper Came In Boxes
The first American toilet paper products were created in boxes that look similar to tissue boxes today. Back in 1857, cleaning sheets came onto the market and they were created to treat and prevent hemorrhoids. However, it was hard to market these sheets because, at the time, Americans used old catalog pages for wiping agents and those were free. Why pay for something they could get free?
Toilet Paper Grossed People Out
People talk about toilet paper at random today, but early on, it was hard for sellers to get the product off the ground because people wouldn’t walk into a store and ask for it by name. When a German company named their rolls Hakle, people were more willing to ask for it since the name didn’t sound conspicuous. They sold more toilet paper with that strategy than other makers.
The Whole Country Had A Shortage
While you might deal with this in your house on what seems like a regular basis, the whole country had a shortage in 1973. Toilet paper caught on and became a household mainstay in the early 1900s, but when news outlets reported a paper shortage in Japan, Americans started buying any toilet paper they could find, leading to the actual shortage. There was even a semi-black-market toilet paper outlet at one time.
The Average Sheet Usage
It’s hard to say who sits around figuring this out, but Americans use, on average, 57 sheets of toilet paper each day. There are 350 sheets per roll so if only one person uses that roll, it’ll take a week to get through. With larger families, rolls constantly go empty and for whatever reason, most people don’t seem to understand how to change them.
Toilet Paper Disappears From Hotels
While the shampoos and lotions seem like an obvious thing to throw into a suitcase after a hotel say, many people actually steal toilet paper from their rooms as well. If it’s a brand they love, we suppose it makes sense. Or perhaps they’re trying to offset the cost of the room by loading up.
These are just a few fun facts you can find about toilet paper. If you have a need for portable toilets in Santa Rosa—and they come complete, stocked with toilet paper and everything, contact American Sanitation Inc. at (707) 554-8258. We’re here to help you with all of your portable toilet needs. You can stop by and see examples of the VIP portable toilets we offer at 1729 Action Avenue, Napa, CA 94559.