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View Poll Results: Which toilet paper plugs your toilet?

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  • Charmin 1-Ply

    2 4.55%
  • Cottonelle 1-Ply

    5 11.36%
  • Charmin Ultra 2-Ply

    25 56.82%
  • Quilted Northern Super 2-Ply

    10 22.73%
  • Seventh Generation 2-Ply

    0 0%
  • Soft 'N Gentle 2-Ply

    1 2.27%
  • Marcal 1-Ply

    0 0%
  • Soft Weve 1-Ply

    0 0%
  • Soft 'N Gentle 1-Ply

    1 2.27%
  • Coronet

    0 0%
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    Thumbs down Problem with toilet paper? Toilet Paper Poll

    Has anyone else noticed that some toilet paper can cause plugging and poor flushing performance from even the top models.

    In my many years of toilet repair and installation I have noticed that the thicker cotton like material i.e. Charmin just doesn't compress as much as the other brands of toilet paper causing blockage in the bowl and trap way.

    Maybe Charmin should change their slogan to "Can't squeeze the Charmin"

    interseted to hear what y'all think.

    -J
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    Last edited by Terry; 11-17-2008 at 12:04 PM.

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    Well, I plead guilty to a tendency to use too much paper; and I definitely notice that there is less trouble with the cheap stuff from Costco than with the 'name' brand' wife gets at the grocery.

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    I love those 400 sheet double rolls sold by Sam's Club with the name "Member's Mark". Sometimes I think I'm the only person in the house who knows how to put on a new roll of TP.

    Anyway, that stuff is soft and strong. Plus, at 400 sheets per roll, it lasts a long time. I put lots of extra "wads" in my new Dalton this morning, (first time for this particular type use) and buddy everything went down in a "flash"!!!
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    Default Brand Dissolvency Time in Seconds

    http://magazines.ivillage.com/goodho...0135-3,00.html

    Dissolvency Time in Seconds


    "Thick, plush toilet papers make you feel pampered, but if your plumbing is prone to clogging, they can aggravate the problem. The Good Housekeeping Institute tested all the leading brands and found that Charmin, Charmin Ultra, Quilted Northern and Cottonelle were particularly slow to dissolve. So if you have a low-flow toilet, or old, sticky plumbing that often acts up, those toilet papers may not be your best bet."
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    Brand Dissolvency Time in Seconds
    (lowest is best)
    Charmin Plus 1-Ply 9
    MD 2-Ply 9
    Coronet 2-Ply 12
    Angel Soft 2-Ply 12
    Scott 1-Ply 17
    Soft 'N Gentle 1-Ply 18
    Soft Weve 1-Ply 20
    Marcal 1-Ply 20
    Soft 'N Gentle 2-Ply 21
    Seventh Generation 2-Ply 21
    Quilted Northern Super 2-Ply 69
    Charmin Ultra 2-Ply 77
    Cottonelle 1-Ply 96
    Charmin 1-Ply 180


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    Last edited by Terry; 03-21-2005 at 10:34 AM.

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    If someone were using any of these brands and it seemed to be plugging the toilet, whether it did or not, I would hope they were now using one of them that did not do it. In which case you should be asking which brand are they not having a problem with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hj
    If someone were using any of these brands and it seemed to be plugging the toilet, whether it did or not, I would hope they were now using one of them that did not do it. In which case you should be asking which brand are they not having a problem with.
    I like that approach!!

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    I don't have a "problem" with paper that doesn't plug, it's the stuff that does plug that bothers me.

    Some of the new papers use cotton, which does not break down and can stick in the trapways.

    Some paper just zips right through.
    So yes, post those that work too.
    For paper that works, go here!

    Or you can use less paper by using a bidet or washlet on your toilet.
    It's called, Washing with Water"
    What a concept.
    80% of homes in Japan wash with water.
    Americans rub dry paper on their butts.
    Last edited by Terry; 10-14-2009 at 06:35 PM.

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    It has been many years since we've used it, but we found that Coronet was causing our toilet to stop up. My husband didn't like to give it up, but I was glad to not use it any more. It was strong, but not at all soft.

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    I've gotta say....I've got a 17 year old boy who could look at a toilet and clog it. Quite frustrating. However, he has yet to clog our Drake, but given his experience with clogging our old 3.5 gallon Mansfields he is now quite proficient in the use of a closet auger and plunger.

    Last edited by Terry; 01-21-2008 at 04:57 PM.

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    Increase the kids intake of fiber that should help immensely!!! PS. you left out my favorite brand flushable cottonelle wet wipes!!!!!

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    Default To dissolve or not to dissolve, that is the question...

    "Thick, plush toilet papers make you feel pampered, but if your plumbing is prone to clogging, they can aggravate the problem. The Good Housekeeping Institute tested all the leading brands and found that Charmin, Charmin Ultra, Quilted Northern and Cottonelle were particularly slow to dissolve. So if you have a low-flow toilet, or old, sticky plumbing that often acts up, those toilet papers may not be your best bet."
    Good Housekeeping Institute's Textiles Lab

    OTOH, I read recently that TP that "dissolves" is terrible for the septic system, since the cellulose matter winds up in the leach field. That article/post/whatever argued that a TP that just fell to the sludge layer in the septic tank was better for the system as a whole. Periodic pumping (3 years recommended here) removes the sludge without impacting the leach field.

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    Non-dissolving TP would be a disaster for those of us on septic.
    Eventually over time you would have a wad of wet paper that weighed many hundreds of pounds.
    I'd be curious to read where you originally read that Mikey.

    We are getting into the land of urban legend with many of these "Recommendations" imo.

    Just because my toilet hasn't clogged in 5 years using Brand X sure isn't
    empirical evidence that it will work well for you. Too many variables.

    Last edited by Mike50; 06-13-2006 at 05:29 AM.

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    I was surprised as well, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense, as far as the cellulose-in-the-leach-field argument goes. OTOH, I'm with you wrt the big soggy mass of TP to deal with. I, of course, can get by with 2 or 3 rolls a year, but since I'm married, it's Thank God for Sam's Club.

    I'll try to find the reference, but I'm not optimistic.

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    Default Toilet paper dissolvency - tests

    I have seen few articles on this, but in reality, I am having difficulties trying to understand the process to get the test information: how it is being conducted. They claim Charmin Ultra takes 9 seconds etc to dissolve. I have placed the tissue in a glass bowl for timing and I see the tissue not dissolving unless I stir it and touch the tissue. I have tried stirring the water with a wood stick etc, without touching the tissue and after few hours, still not making a cloud in my water with the paper. Please, advise how they conducted this test.

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    Default after a few hours?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by rightman
    I have seen few articles on this, but in reality, I am having difficulties trying to understand the process to get the test information: how it is being conducted. They claim Charmin Ultra takes 9 seconds etc to dissolve. I have placed the tissue in a glass bowl for timing and I see the tissue not dissolving unless I stir it and touch the tissue. I have tried stirring the water with a wood stick etc, without touching the tissue and after few hours, still not making a cloud in my water with the paper. Please, advise how they conducted this test.

    After a few hours?!? LOFL about this poll and the comments. I use the toilet paper which makes my rear feel good - charmin ultra. We did a test of about 5 different papers to see which one we liked best - didn't test the clogging issue though - guess it isn't a player in our house - Have a toto toilet - no problems.

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