The Infamous Toilet Paper Wars!


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Forget Coke vs. Pepsi. Mac vs. PC. Or even boxers vs. briefs. Arguably the greatest debate between people on this planet is clearly one about toilet paper.

It has nothing to do with softness or 1, 2 or 3-ply. (Though soft TP has been scientifically proven to lead towards a happier lifestyle.)

No, I’m talking about the way in which you hang your toilet paper. All you single peeps out there are already confused and leaving Mommy’s Busy to go check out the latest celeb belly bump or NCAA bracket breakers. But any of you in a relationship, especially you married folks, know exactly what I’m talking about.

See, when I put a new roll of toilet paper in, I put it with the TP under. Like so:


TP Under

My wife, however, prefers to put it with the toilet paper over. Like this:


TP Over

In the massive poll of toilet paper users I surveyed, oddly enough it seemed to mostly fall down gender lines. Men preferred it under, while women liked it over. Historians date this back to the end of the Middle Ages, specifically the 1342 War of Charminville which resulted in peaceful toilet use for a good century or two until the irritable Battle of the Quilted North in 1456. And it’s been an age-old debate ever since.

Why do I prefer it under instead of over? I have no clue. It just “feels” right. Maybe it’s the OCD in me. I’ve always been fascinated by this volatile topic and when CanadianDad brought up the subject on Twitter, I knew I had to blog about it.

Hopefully one day, all men and women can use the bathroom equally and enjoy a toilet paper freedom like we’ve never known before. But for now, just remember. When you play the Game of Thrones, you either win… or you die.

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Take the poll above and tell me how you prefer your toilet paper. Then explain below in the comments!

21 thoughts on “The Infamous Toilet Paper Wars!”

  1. I go under an hubby goes over,we are both continuely changing it back and forth,,sometimes I just take it off the roll an sit it on the back of the commode,,I know its picky

  2. I grew up in a household where all the rolls were mounted under. When I got married the controversy began because dear hubby wanted them mounted over. I never understood but to prevent any crazy disgruntled-ness toward me I relented and mounted the toilet paper with the free side hanging to the front of the roll. Technically “his” bathroom is the only one that has a toilet paper holder on the wall so it’s the only one I have to worry about. . . for now. I didn’t like it at first, but I’ve gotten used to it.

  3. No disrespect to your wife, but she must be CRAZY! Toilet paper should always be ‘mounted’ in the UNDER position – i’m with you! Luckily my wife can’t seem to figure out how to replace it anyway, and I have to put a new roll on which she has just left sitting on top of the bar.

  4. To tell you the truth, I don’t care which way it’s hangin as long as its hangin! Just don’t leave me stranded with an empty roll.

  5. I guess I should be impressed that you replace the roll. My husband does not have this ability in his skill set so he gets the paper the way I like it or he gets no paper.

  6. Great Post!!

    See in this house there is no fight. Why? Well because someone (no names) never puts a new roll on the toilet paper holder so it is always hung my way.. the only way, OVER! 😉
    And in our main bath it is in a cute basket so there is not holder to fight over.

  7. If I change it, it goes over. Unfortunately, I’m like Billie and apparently I’m lucky if I can even expect it on the roll and not the sink counter…the back of the toilet…the side of the bathtub…..

  8. When I change the roll, the toilet paper goes over. But honestly, I’m so shocked if anyone else changes it that it could be sideways and I’d be happy.

  9. I voted for over, although I don’t feel strongly either way. I guess I just prefer having less chance of my hands touching the wall. (that’s never a problem so I don’t know why I even think about it.) I have heard of people preferring to keep it ‘under’ as it’s harder for cats to reach up and start the whole thing unraveling. If I had a misbehaving cat around I’d definitely change my vote to ‘under’.

  10. I agree with Zach and Chris for the reasons mentioned above AND for the mere fact that when you go “over” the toilet paper is a slight bit closer. I appreciate efficiency even if it’s only an inch.

  11. This is easy. He, or she, who uses the toilet more often gets to make the decision…and I’d venture to guess that in most married households, the She is using it more. Problem solved! 🙂

  12. I always hung it over, my husband under. This war went on for years. Finally, I acquiesced and started hanging it under. We separated two years ago & it kind of annoys me that I’m now so used to hanging it “his way” that I still do. Yes, I’m tempted to go in the bathroom & flip over right now…lol.

    I guess the lesson there would be never ever ever surrender the battle. To the last roll people!!!

  13. There’s no debate on this – it goes over. It may feel right to have it under, but you’re supposed to put it over so that ladies don’t scratch their nail polish on the wall behind. And, as well, you’re not risking having someone with potential – ahem – fecal bacteria on their hands rubbing the wall and leaving it there.

    So, over’s the way.

    I once used to feel “right” having the toilet paper under, but I also used to feel right having two spaces after the period in a sentence.


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