Toilet Paper Orientation Over vs Under: Here’s Proof That Toilet Paper Roll Direction Does Matter!

Who knew there would be a Wikipedia page about toilet paper orientation?

Not me.

But I am happy to report that I have finally discovered the correct way to hang the toilet paper roll!






How do I know?

The hearts and flowers are upside down when the toilet paper is hung the WRONG way.

Haa haa. Hee hee.

So, now that I have proof (thank you Northern!), my next mission is to get dear hubby to start hanging the toilet paper roll the RIGHT way!

I don’t normally buy this ‘hearts and flowers’ brand of toilet paper.

If I did, perhaps hubby (and others) would have caught on long before now and there’d be no debate on the issue.

I’ve actually been doing it “right” ever since I moved out of the house and started living on my own.

Which is why finding the toilet paper hanging “wrong” somewhere else just seems so… well, wrong!


What Others Are Saying…

Before you start thinking I’m the only one talking about this delicate issue — and blogging about it — consider this…

They’ve been talking about toilet paper on TV a lot lately. (And today’s toilet paper commercials are nothing like the toilet paper commercials of yesterday.)


Heck, even the techies at CNet are talking about this topic.

So are the geeks at Fast Company.

So I’m definitely not alone here.

People are putting the most weight in this infographic which, as it turns out, was created by a couple of engineers:

Over or Under


Did You Know?…

Fortunately, there are people to help us with our good hygiene… and good humor!


Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • Brandy Grote

    Yes, this is the right way. HOWEVER… if you have a pet or child that likes to try to unroll the roll, hanging the roll “backwards” means it is only going around and around, not unrolling (as much)!

  • PiedType

    TP in my house has, for decades, been mounted in the “under” position, thanks to a cat I once had that delighted in unrolling entire rolls. Since I always have a cat, I’ve never changed to the “over” position.

  • Jen

    I, too, agree with the “under” and was surprised that so many people did the “over.” I keep wondering where they got their data. Public data (like a public poll) would be tainted, b/c the tissue companies want the ‘over’ way done. It makes more sense to me to do the Under, for the same reasons quoted by Pied Type and Brandy Grote. I found that there was less accidents and LESS PAPER being used in the Under position. Could this be the reasons the tissue company wants us to do better? After all, more paper used means more money in their pockets!

    • FunTimesGuide

      Good points, Jen. Thanks for stopping by!

  • An Interested Party

    In Thailand people often don’t use toilet paper at all, instead using conveniently placed nearby water reservoirs to clean their nether regions…its cheaper, better for the environment and it works better.

  • cuvtixo

    It turns out that people with either intellectual or emotional disabilities become easily fascinated and obsessed with unrolling entire rolls of toilet paper. In care facilities discouraging this behavior is very
    important, because the unroller will often try to flush the “evidence” down the toilet, clogging the toilet. I know, I have to face this problem on a weekly basis. I know one psychiatric hospital that resorted
    to regularly escorting patients in and out of the bathroom. In public restrooms, intellectually disabled people may only be a small percentage of users, but even facing this problem once is once too often. The “industrial” toilet paper dispensers I’ve seen actually have instructions inside to orient the roll “under”.

    • FunTimesGuide

      Thanks for the info, cuvtixo.

  • zombiecorns

    Am I the only one who wants to know where she got the owl printed toilet paper?!