With the COVID-19 pandemic still running rampant throughout the world, it may become rather difficult to find toilet paper anywhere. What happens if you run out? While there are plenty of TP alternatives being advertised all over the internet, we’re here to answer your questions and set the record straight. In the event that you run out of toilet paper, is it a good idea to use TP alternatives?
It Depends on the Alternative
Although you were probably hoping for something a bit more straightforward, the answer is: it depends. In general, it’s not a good idea to use a TP alternative, at least in the same way that you use regular toilet paper. If you completely run out of toilet paper and don’t have another choice, using a TP alternative is a great idea. Just be careful when it comes to disposing of your chosen alternative.
Toilet paper is specifically designed to break down in your sewage system. Since TP alternatives are just that—alternatives—they’re not meant to function the same way. If flushed, they can clog your plumbing system.
Don’t Flush TP Alternatives
If you absolutely have no other choice, you can repurpose other paper products like toilet seat covers, napkins, paper towels, tissues and baby wipes to function as toilet paper.
But whatever you do, don’t flush it!
Most alternatives—even some that claim to be flushable—can’t be flushed like regular toilet paper. If they are, they could clog your pipes and mess up your sewer lines, causing a messy and expensive problem. The best way to dispose of a TP alternative is to throw it in the trashcan. It might not be the most pleasant thing to do, but it certainly beats spending thousands of dollars and tearing up your home or yard to repair your sewer lines.
What If You Run Out?
Completely running out of toilet paper is becoming a real concern for many families, especially the longer the pandemic rages on. If your stash is looking a bit light, here are some things you can do to replenish and some plumbing-friendly tips to stay clean.
Try Different Outlets
Different stores have different supply chains. Check stores that might not immediately come to mind. Think about convenience stores, gas stations, dollar stores or even outdoor gear retailers.
Ask Your Network
Your friends, family and neighbors might know where you can find some toilet paper. Ask around and see if they either have some to spare or if they can point you in the right direction.
Get a Bidet
It might not be a popular choice for Americans, but bidets are popular in many countries around the world. For those who don’t want to add another fixture in their bathroom, there are companies that make a bidet-like product you can attach directly to your toilet. With a good bidet, you’ll never have to worry about toilet paper again.
Take a Shower
If you end up running out of toilet paper completely, you can always just jump in the shower afterwards. It might take more time, but you’ll be even cleaner than you would be if you had all the TP in the world.
Take Care of Your Sewage System
If you absolutely can’t find toilet paper in the stores and are forced to use an alternative, it’s not necessarily a bad idea, but it’s very important to keep your sewage system in mind. TP alternatives aren’t meant to break down like regular toilet paper and can cause extensive damage and blockages if flushed. Instead, just throw them in the trash.
With more people home all the time, keeping your sewage system in good shape might seem difficult. If you’re having trouble with your sewer lines, call your neighborhood plumber, Shane Elmore Plumbing. We have decades of experience working with Bowling Green, Kentucky homeowners performing line cleanings, replacements and services. Contact us for a quote or to schedule today.