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What is Toilet Tissue?

Nov 30, 2009

Toilet Tissue vs. Toilet Paper vs. Bathroom Tissue – What’s the difference?

Can you tell the difference between these two?

Can you tell the difference between these two?

Simply put – Toilet Tissue is a general phrase which means the exact same thing as toilet paper, bathroom tissue, TP, etc.  Manufacturers often use this phrase on their packaging because the term sounds friendlier, more luxurious, softer, and more upscale than plain old toilet paper (Translation: Costumers are subconsciously more apt to purchase these products because they are soothed by this term.)

Tissue, on the other hand, is a general term indicating a class of papers of characteristic gauzy texture, and in some cases, is 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 of tissue are softness, strength, and freedom from lint. There are also waxing, wrapping, and miscellaneous non-sanitary grades.

So there you have it – toilet paper and toilet tissue are the same thing, while plain tissue it different and serves different purposes.  I hope this helps explain any confusion!  If you have any doubts or unanswered thoughts, please to hesitate to ask ask me here.

How much toilet paper is stolen every year?

Nov 24, 2009

Stealing Toilet PaperA reader of our Toilet Paper Encyclopedia recently posed an interesting question by asking us “How much toilet paper is stolen every year?”.

Since I personally didn’t know the answer to this intriguing question, I went straight to Kenn Fischburg, president of and author of the Toilet Paper Encyclopedia. Here’s what the Toilet Paper King had to say:

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%.

Rubbermaid Trash Cans

Nov 23, 2009

Rubbermaid Trash CansYou probably don’t put much thought or effort into your trash, but thankfully for you the folks at Rubbermaid Commercial Products have. Rubbermaid Trash Cans represent a big part of their revenue stream, and they are constantly making improvements to the line to make taking out the trash as easy & painless as possible.

While there’s an endless laundry list of why we love these Rubbermaid Trash Cans, here are a few highlights that make the Rubbermaid products superior to their competitors:

No more bag collapse
When taking out the trash, one of the most annoying circumstances is when the trash bags collapse into the can, making for one messy, smelly, and frustrating clean up scenario. With the Roughneck line of Rubbermaid Trash Cans, this is a non-issue thanks to the bag cinch – a small grip point inside the handle that prevents the collapse.  Rubbermaid also recommends using this bag cinch as storage for extra garbage bags and can liners.

Extended lifetime and increased product durability
Garbage cans get tossed around, beaten up, and must withstand harsh weather conditions, so its no secret no one can will last forever. However, the folks at Rubbermaid trash cans have made several enhancements to the their products so they now feature increased drag rating, meaning you can drag your trash cans to the curb for double the amount of length you used to.  This means the overall lifetime of the product is doubled!

While these are a just a few of the problems or frustration you may encounter when handling your trash, your new Rubbermaid trash can has many more things to brag about. For more information, please visit the Rubbermaid Solutions Page or to place your order.

Provon Soap

Nov 20, 2009

Happy 20th Anniversary to Provon Soap!

Happy 20th Anniversary to Provon Soap!

Not many products get us more excited than toilet paper, but given the current flu epidemic; Provon Soap has officially curbed our enthusiasm.  Provon Soap, manufactured by GOJO Industries (also the makers off Purell), was launched in 1989 and is marketed as a “cost-effective skin care product”.

Since its commencement twenty years ago, the brand has experienced much success and has racked up a die-hard customer base. In an industry where price points play a major role, this accomplishment is no small feat for a soap company.

Provon Soap offers a variety of products including soap dispensers and soap refills with formulas ranging from antimicrobial to sensitive skin, antibacterial to moisturizing, and even a foaming hair & body wash. According to Dave, a customer in Pennsylvania, “I’ve been using Provon for 15 years. It keeps my employees’ hands clean, sanitized, and healthy; and that little difference goes a long way in the office. Especially for that price, I wouldn’t ever consider switching.”

GOJO recommends pairing its Provon Soap products with its Purell Hand Sanitizing line to make a complete hand care solution.

Congratulations to Provon for its first successful twenty years – we wish you twenty more and thank you for making the world a cleaner, safer, and healthier place!

How To Make a Toilet Paper Turkey

Nov 18, 2009

With Thanksgiving a week away, its time to roll up your sleeves and help your kids make their favorite Thanksgiving Toilet Paper Turkeys!  This easy craft will allow your little ones to showcase their artwork this Thanksgiving. If you are having a less formal event, try having your child make a Toilet Paper Turkey for each guest and write his or her name on each one to use as a seating card.
Toilet Paper Turkey
–    1 empty toilet paper roll core
–    1 sheet of yellow, orange, brown & red construction paper
–    2 Googlie eyes
–    Scissors
–    Glue
–    Clear plastic tape

1.    Clean off the toilet paper core – make sure there are no toilet paper pieces left behind!
2.    Take the sheets of red, yellow, & orange paper and cut two 3.5” long tear drop shapes(tail) of each color giving you 6 feathers total.
3.    Take the brown sheet of paper and cut out a 5” round circle(turkey back), a 1.5” round circle (face), and a .75”x3.5” rectangle (neck).
4.    Take a scrap of the remaining yellow paper and cut a small triangle (nose).
5.    Assemble the feathers in alternating colors and fan them out so they look like the picture below.
6.    Glue the fan-outed feathers to the large brown circle.
7.    Glue the large brown circle (with feathers attached) to one end of the toilet paper core.
8.    Glue the 2 googlie-eyes and yellow beak onto the smaller round circle so it resembles a face.
9.    Glue the face to the brown rectangle neck.
10.    Place the neck up against the empty end of the toilet paper core. Take two small pieces of clear plastic tape and fasten the neck in place. (Hint: You really do need the tape here; the glue just doesn’t cut it).

Voila – All finished! Congratualations, you have successfully completed your first toilet paper turkey.  Hope these bring extra smiles to your Thanksgiving celebration this year!  From all of us here at, we wish you a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving! If you are in need of any Thanksgiving supplies, be sure to visit our special Thanksgiving Sale section to save up to 40% off holiday neccessities such as napkins, toilet paper, plates, to go containers, steam table pans, and much more!

Cottonelle Toilet Paper – Toilet Paper of the Week

Nov 17, 2009

If it's soft enough for him, its soft enough for me!

If it's soft enough for him, its soft enough for me!

And the winner of this week’s Toilet Paper of the Week goes to ….. Cottonelle Toilet Paper!  Cottonelle Toilet Paper has been awarded this highly regarded honor for its superb quality.  Born as a spinoff of Kleenex tissues, this premium toilet paper is comparable to the softness of their namesake’s tissues.

Why we love Cottonelle Toilet Paper

The softness of Kleenex Tissues, in the comfort of a roll of toilet paper
Anyone that has ever had a cold can attest to the fact nothing is more soothing than a soft tissue.  Now imagine the softness from the leading brand of premium tissues, rolled up in a roll of toilet paper. That’s exactly what you get with Cottonelle Toilet Paper – every sheet feels as if the manufacturers lined up a roll of tissues and stitched them together.

Premium quality toilet paper means less waste
While Cottonelle Toilet Paper may only be 1-ply, it has the softness and strength of a 2 ply roll.  This level of quality means your costumers will need half the amount of toilet paper as compared to private label brands, so you’lll end up saving money in the long run (and pleasing your costumer’s behinds!)

Space optimizing and zip-off case packaging

Its no secret we sell our toilet paper in bulk. One frustrating element for our customers is sometimes the storage of these bulk cases. Well the packaging experts at Cottonelle got it right when they designed these cases – the zip off top & individually wrapped rolls protects the rolls in storage and the entire cases is designed for space –saving.  Now all you’ll have to worry about it keeping your secret from your competitors!

Ready to experience the premium softness of this outstanding toilet paper? Visit for discounted rates off of our already reduced bulk prices on Cottonelle Toilet Paper. Disclaimer: We can’t guarantee you won’t become addicted!

Why your facility restrooms should go with Touchless Dispensers & Faucets

Nov 13, 2009

Touch Free Toilet Paper DispenserWhile most of us worry about contracting germs while touching public toilet seats, according to a new study at the University of Arizona, the toilet seat is the least of our worries. Research conducted by Dr. Charles Gerba revealed the following startlingly results:
–    The average toilet paper dispenser has more than 150x the amount of bacteria than the  average public toilet seat
–    The
average paper towel dispenser has more than 50x the amount of bacteria than the average public toilet seat

These factors, coupled with increased concerns for sanitary conditions due to the flu season and the H1N1 epidemic, can make using the public restroom a  risky situation. However, thanks to today’s technologically, you don’t have to risk your health and safety every time you step into a public restroom.

Here’s what you can do to address this problem:

Utilize touchless or automatic dispensers
Public health experts recommend installing touchless (or automatic) dispensers wherever and whenever possible.  By removing the place germs are most likely to hang out (ie the handles of the dispensers, where people touch the most), you are removing the risk factor associated with these devices. Touch free paper towel dispensers, toilet paper dispensers, faucets, and soap dispensers are well worth the added cost to keep everyone happy and healthy. Not only are they healthier, but they will actually save you money in the long run due to the controlled distribution of products.

If touchless dispensers are not available, grab your paper towels before you begin to wash your hands
This eliminates the risk of  re-exposing your hands after they are freshly washed. Also, grab two extra paper towels – one to grab the faucet and one to grab the door on the way out.

Look for the Hand Sanitizer Dispensers on the way out

Thankfully, many public facilities are now placing instant hand sanitizer dispensers right out side of their restrooms. Always stop to grab some if it is available.

Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art

Nov 13, 2009

I saw this awesome piece of Wall Art made out of toilet paper rolls and couldn’t resist sharing! What a great, inexpensive, eco-friendly, and creative piece of art. Haven’t seen one like this yes!   (Kudos to the YayEveryday Blog for the find.)

Wallart From TP Rolls

Air Hand Dryers leave 254% more bacteria on hands

Nov 9, 2009

airdryerFor most of us, we are slightly disappointed to see air hand dryers in public restrooms after washing our hands. Environmental friendly factors set aside, those air dryers are just not as effective as old fashioned paper towels at getting our hands dry.  According to a  study by Effect Measure, an independent group of senior public health practitioners, you may have one more reason to be disappointed to see those dryers – every time you use an air dryer, the amount of bacteria on your hands increases by 254% and on the finger pads by 194%.

Additionally, most of the older hand dryers in use (and even some of the newer ones) have an internal screen that should be changed every 1-2 weeks. Unfortunately, most are lucky if they are changed every 1-2 years. This sad reality is not only is a waste of energy, but also keeps more bacteria, germs, and viruses trapped in the dust on the screens, which then is blown directly onto our hands when we dry them.

With the flu epidemic continually gaining momentum, the safety of hand dryers became a major concern at many universities, schools, and other densely populated facilities. At the schools where outbreaks occurred, they became a big enough concern that health department officials ordered them removed and replaced with paper towel dispensers.

If a restroom you use still has a dryer, public health practitioners recommend to wash your hands, skip the dryer, and then dry your hands with napkins, paper towels, etc. in the vicinity.

Lysol IC

Nov 6, 2009

Lysol ICWith flu season in full gear, this is one product that stands to potentially be your new best friend.  This hospital grade disinfectant tops’s list of Products We Love for several reasons:

Effective against the toughest (and most persistent) Viruses & Bacteria
When you disinfect with Lysol IC, you are reducing your risk against HIV-1 (AIDS virus), staph, strep, and salmonella. Additionally, this product is also effective against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. Therefore, when you opt to use this Lysol disinfectant, you, your coworkers, your colleagues, and your customers are more likely to stay healthier, longer.

Its even environmentally friendly!

Sometimes, our most effective products in terms of effectiveness also carry the most potential danger to our bodies. Thanks to the outstanding work by Lysol, they are now proud to say Lysol IC contains no harmful CFC’s and is registered with the EPA.

Extraordinary Value – Concentrated Disinfectant Cleaner
There’s nothing more we love than a great steal and this product is no exception. Lysol IC Quaternary Cleaner comes in a highly concentrated formula, giving you more bang for your buck.

If we don’t have you convinced by now, try it yourself! We completely stand behind it. Visit for low, bulk prices on Lysol IC Disinfectant Cleaner and many other disinfectant cleaners.


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