DSC Debate: Should the Toilet Paper Roll Hang Over, or Under?

Under v Over_Hero

Everyone’s got a way of doing things in the bathroom, and that way is the way. Just ask them.

And while there’s usually no right answer to these restroom-related disputes—you can shower in the evening, air drying is just fine and guys that sit down to pee aren’t total freaks—this time around, we’re dealing with a debate that has an actual answer: Toilet paper is, in fact, meant to hang over the roll—at least, according to its 125-year-old patent.

But just because TP is meant to hang a certain way, doesn’t mean that it’s the best way. And when we asked our fellow DSC employees which way they prefer to hang their toilet paper, they made that very clear.

So what’s it gonna be: Over, or under? Let the battle begin.

Team Under:

Jeff G.: “My mild OCD prefers that the toilet paper hang under. It just looks better that way, more feng shui, to not be able to see the end of the roll.”

Tyree H.: “It’s easier to wrap toilet paper around your hand when it’s hanging under. Two and a half twists of the wrist and voilá: You’ve got the perfect amount of paper per wipe.”

Michael M.: “A botched tear when the toilet paper is hanging over sends it flying all over the place and mummifying your arm. Under all the way.”

Zack G.: “Under allows me to use my elbow to stop the roll from spinning. You pull the TP towards you, set your elbow on top of the roll and tear. When you’re in a pinch, the elbow stopper comes in clutch.”

Peter C.: “Under is the only way to keep my cats from constantly unspooling and destroying entire rolls.”

Team Over:

Christian T.: “It’s quicker to roll over and out than it is to reach under and pull up. I, personally, don’t want to spend any more time in the bathroom than necessary—especially public bathrooms.”

Asif A.: “Over allows for one-handed tears if you utilize the weight of the roll itself. That way, you can text and wipe at the same time.”

Tracey D.: “Under increases the likelihood of TP landing on the floor when you pull on the roll. And if it touches the floor (a.k.a. the splash zone), I have to either leave it or toss it. What a waste of paper!”

Malek K.: “Over is the safer bet. Hanging it under means the paper is right up against that wall. One swift reach for the TP, and you’ve got yourself a busted knuckle.”

Vahid R.: “As part of the legal team here at DSC, I have to agree with the patent for toilet paper. Over. Case closed.”

Now that our DSC employees have fought it out, it’s your turn. What side of the debate do you land on? Tell us in the comments below.