Toilet Paper


Dear Dharma,

I have been reading some of your letters, and think you have a pretty clear head on your shoulders.  You are the person I want to make a statement on the most pressing issue of our times!

My husband and I have an ongoing dispute which is blowing up all out of proportion, and I need someone to calm everything down.

When replacing the empty toilet paper roll, it is blatantly obvious that the leading edge should follow over the top, towards the user. Hubby can’t seem to understand this and says there is no difference, and even persists in doing it wrong to annoy me for his own amusement.  Yes, he will do that, if you can even believe it.

Will you state for the public record, that overhand is the correct way, and that it isn’t worth the stress he is causing by sticking to some rubbish idea that it doesn’t matter?

Let me Roll With It

Dear Roll With It,

Well, of course this question really got the conversation rolling in my house… hahaha, get it?  Rolling?

Without hesitation, Dharma agrees with you – over the top is the preference.  When it’s under, it just hangs there unattractively, and if you fold it in a little point, you can’t even see it.

Just to be sure, though, we called on Google to see what the rest of the world had to say.

Here’s the verdict from Good Housekeeping.  And if Good Housekeeping doesn’t know, who does?

Then there’s the guy who actually invented toilet paper – and his intentions of how it should be dispensed are perfectly clear.

I’m sure if we were to dig long enough we would find someone who would back “under” with some kind of lame scientific proof, but honestly?  I don’t want to.

Bottom line – over!



toilet paper

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  • Anon says:

    OMG, my ex-boyfriend was so anal about the way the toilet paper would hang! I have been hanging it so that it falls over the top just the way he likes it ever since. It makes sense and looks better 🙂

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  • Anonymous says:

    I say over, but it’s not a deal breaker for me. As long as there is toilet paper I’m good!

  • TopCat says:

    Obviously all those who are in the “over” camp have never had cats. A cat can unroll a full TP loaf in under 7 seconds, if it is hanging “over”. The “under” hang just lets him wind it on again, so no mess. Just shows there are exceptions to any rule that is “obvious”.

  • Pees in the dark says:

    I think it’s under for sure! Sometimes if it’s over it lays flat and sticks to the roll so when you have to pee in the middle of the night you can’t grab it. If it’s hanging under no problemo…

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