What To Do If You Run Out of Toilet Paper

What would you do?

Use an alternative toilet paper

We know this probably doesn’t feel like the most dignified choice, but it is by far the easiest. When you don’t have time to make a more permanent plan, this should be your go-to– “Desperate times” and all that. Next time you need some “alternative” toilet paper right away, these are our recommendations:

  • Wet wipes: If you still have any of these, they seem like an obvious first choice. They may also be slightly easier to replace, though your mileage may vary.
  • Tissues: Tissues can be a suitable replacement for toilet paper, so long as you use a few at a time.
  • Toilet covers: Folding a paper cover over once or twice can create a paper sheet of roughly the same softness and thickness as toilet paper.
  • Napkins: If you have paper napkins, you could unfold and use two at a time as a suitable alternative.
  • Newspapers: We know this isn’t ideal. Ripping up newspapers will give you a lot more material to use if you need it. Plus, it’s delivered every day!

Please remember: the only product you should flush down your toilet is toilet paper. Even wet wipes and other products that claim to be “flushable” are not safe. Toilet paper is designed to break up and dissolve on its way down your toilet’s drain. None of this other material is.

When you flush non-toilet paper material, it may clump up or get caught in the toilet drain. Over time, this will produce a clog–which is the last thing you want while sheltering in place. We know this isn’t what you want to hear, but you should dispose of your alternative another way. We recommend keeping a garbage bag liner or bag in your bathroom. Put your alternative toilet paper in the bag and throw it out as soon as you’re done. We realize this feels undignified, but it’s far better than the alternative–trust us.

Install a bidet

A bidet is a plumbing device that uses a stream of water to perform the same function we use toilet paper for. You could install a bidet either as its own separate plumbing fixture (like a toilet or sink basin), or install a smaller bidet in your toilet directly. There are a huge variety of these two main kinds of bidet.

Different devices have different power sources, features, and functions. Installing a bidet will functionally eliminate your need for toilet paper almost altogether. In fact, there is significant evidence that bidets are far more hygienic than toilet paper. They’re also used all over the world except here. If you can get over the culture shock, a bidet might just be your best friend during our quarantine.

If you need the help of a plumbing expert and you live in Miami, you should then contact JCN Plumbing. We are licensed and insured and our technicians are fully trained and equipped with the latest technology in the plumbing industry.

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