Jul 14, 2009
I’ve read some interesting posts recently about whether or not toilet paper has an expiration date (who would have thought?!). Most sites say no, of course toilet paper does not expire. However, there are also plenty of arguments for the opposing side which claim, yes, toilet paper can in fact expire at some point (they claim it loses its softness/effectiveness overtime, etc.) I also read on a product review site that only select, 1-ply toilet papers can expire, which is why they are cheaper and used in high traffic areas.
Now I know much of this sounds absurd, but there some surprising products that actually do have expiration dates – such as bottled water (it loses its nutrients over time), beer (More of a marketing ploy – Sam Adams first introduced a ‘Freshness’ date & others brewers soon followed suit), and makeup (due to bacteria growth).
To get to the bottom of this debate, I went to the King of Toilet Paper himself, Kenn Fischburg, author of the Toilet Paper Encyclopedia and President of our company,ToiletPaperWorld.com. Here’s what the King had to say: “Paper can last generations and will only lose effectiveness if it gets wet or moist. There is no set expiration date.”
There you have it, straight from The King – Toilet paper does NOT carry an expiration date. We are safe to continue buying toilet paper in bulk!