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Does Toilet Paper Expire? The Great TP Debate

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 Tp_expirationarguments 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, 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!

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17 Responses to “Does Toilet Paper Expire? The Great TP Debate”

  1. tom shubnell - September 2nd, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Respectfully beg to differ with your comment about bottled water. It has a expire date due to one state law.
    You can get the rest of the info on my blog here.

    PS Your site is great.

  2. Ken - September 9th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Hey Tom- thanks for the comment. We aren’t disagreeing with you- bottle water DOES come with an expiration date. It just seems kind of absurd, don’t you think? Love your blog!

  3. Bulk Toilet Paper - October 21st, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    […] that if you have more of, you use more of. Its also not something you want to run out of and we know it doesn’t expire, so as long as you don’t have storage space dilemmas, it goes back to the simple principle of the […]

  4. Misha Sengali - December 30th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    you just might have too much time on your hands if you’re wondering about your toilet paper expiring LOL.

  5. harmilyn andrada - August 2nd, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I am also asking that to myself if toilet papers expire. What if these papers was exposed to dirts can we still use them?

  6. Molly - August 3rd, 2010 at 5:15 am

    If paper has been allowed to become unsanitary, it is not recommended to be used as a toilet tissue. Store extra toilet paper in the plastic case that it came in to keep it from becoming dirty, or use an airtight plastic container for even more protection!

  7. Travis - August 10th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    If TP expires, what exactly are the consequenses? I know what happens when milk goes bad because it happened to me last Saturday. I ended up using ALOT of expired TP that day. No adverse consequences as of yet.

    – Travis

  8. Ericko Dizon - September 22nd, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Even if toilet paper expires, it is still used by the people because they are not aware that toilet papers are expiring.

  9. Karl - September 26th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I think TP’s don’t have a expiry date. On my point of view.

  10. gabby - October 22nd, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Really? i couldn’t believe that toilet paper also has an expiration date…

  11. genc - January 4th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    didn’t think that this was possible

  12. Rita@ Los Angeles DUI Lawyers - January 4th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    i would have never guessed that it would have, as it’s a non-perishable.

  13. Baby Gates - January 11th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Ok! I just don’t understand all of this talk about toilet paper expiring. I am going to listen to the King on this one. I gues the next thing people are going to say is that notebook paper needs to be used before it expires. Lol!

  14. Molly - January 17th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    The only difference is you don’t use notebook paper on your body!

  15. Container Home Info - February 8th, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Since I moved to SESAasia where toilet paper is a rarity and the accepted alternative is a good squirt with a hose and air dry I cant believe how dirty I feel when I use paper nowdays : )

  16. Butter vs Margarine Facts - February 27th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    What a debate! I will be sure to ask all my friends and get their views on it.

  17. Julio-Debate popular - May 6th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I’m glad that was clarified by the king. Like you we use to clean our dirt is so much not scary if you won or not but whether it matters much your daily profit.

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