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Old 11-12-2008, 09:51 AM   #21
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We buy only the best paper towels and toilet paper - and cut them down so they will last longer:



Hint: For TP, be sure the width is a minimum of 2x the width of your finger...

Costco Kirkland Signature for both here too.

What do you use to cut the roll? Hacksaw?
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:56 AM   #22
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The best T.P. is the extra roll left within arms reach when the first roll runs out!

Select a size on paper towels.
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TP: Kroger brand 12 pack

Paper towels: I bought a case from Seventh Generation (brown ones) about 20 years ago, 6 rolls left

Cloth handkerchiefs and napkins (a clean one of each every day)
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Hint: For TP, be sure the width is a minimum of 2x the width of your finger...
you'll understand, of course, if ever we meet, i don't shake your hand.
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I just switched from Cottonelle TP to Scott Extra Soft (1 ply) in the Mega Rolls. The price on the Cottonelle just jumped up at my stores and reached the point where I looked for an alternative.

As for paper towels, I really like Bounty. I keep an eye out for a bargain price (recently $5.50 for the 8 pack) and then stock up. A few months ago I was at WalMart and saw a display for TEMPO paper towels. I stuck my finger into the package and they felt just like Bounty. They are made by the same company, Proctor and Gamble. The Tempo paper towels were $5.00 for an 8 pack so I bought one and tried them out and we all really liked them. We couldn't tell the difference between the Tempo ones and the Bounty. So I went back and bought 6 more 8 packs!

I asked about the Tempo paper towels and the folks at WalMart told me that they get those in every once in a while but they are not always available. So if you see them in your store, get an 8 pack and if you like them stock up. And post here if you see them because I haven't seen them since the summer.

Reading the other posts, I realize we use a lot of paper towels. There are 4 of us here and 2 of them insist on using paper towels to dry their hands after washing in the kitchen. I have finally trained them that if it's just used for wiping your clean hands, please don't toss it in the trash, leave it on the counter for me and I'll hang them, let them dry and use them for another purpose. So now I have a stack of barely used paper towels that I use for stove wiping, counter wiping, floor wiping, cat food messes (before and after being eaten), windows, etc. They look at me like I'm beyond nuts, but they aren't the ones out there trying to track down cheap prices for the stuff we use. One of the cats leaves puddles next to the litter box, so I take some of the barely used paper towels down to the litter boxes, too.
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you'll understand, of course, if ever we meet, i don't shake your hand.
Don't you always wipe with your left and shake with your right?
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What do you use to cut the roll? Hacksaw?
No, frays the edges way too much. A large, very sharp serrated knife works best for me, especially on more fragile TP...
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Last time we had this discussion (2002?) I was a Charmin snob. But I calculated that one could use (IIRC) 10 squares of the cheap stuff for the same cost of one square of Charmin. So I made the switch.

I find that a sharp fishing knife is the best for cutting the paper towel.
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No, frays the edges way too much. A large, very sharp serrated knife works best for me, especially on more fragile TP...
I keep expecting this to be a joke. Is there a punch line somewhere?
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I keep expecting this to be a joke. Is there a punch line somewhere?
You think I would joke about paper towel and TP useage?
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But you don't usually cut it as narrow as in the picture, right REW? That was a joke, yes?
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Don't you always wipe with your left and shake with your right?
You know, this is embarrassing... I'm left handed and until a few months ago I didn't even think about what hand I held out when shaking hands. I've probably extended my left hand to quite a few people over the years.

Oh...and I DO use toilet paper thank you.
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Paper towels...cant believe nobody said VIVA. they are spectacular imho
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I use the cheapo generic paper towels. But for private wiping I use the good stuff...
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I keep trying to convince DW that y'all are a classy and intelligent group of people for me to be (virtually) hanging out with. And every time she stands behind me and reads over my shoulder it's a thread like this. I'm going to have to quit telling her where I'm getting my investment knowledge.

We tend to use the Costco or Kirkland brand TP. Also a fan of the select a size paper towels.

And I finally figured out what that bidet thing was for:

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ScotTissue in 24 roll bulk packages. we have a septic tank and this is the best one recommended.
Select-A-Size anything, or whatever is cheapest in 12 roll packages, and buy it at dollar stores.
i have been known to take a few extra paper napkins (5 at most) at fast food places and keep them in the car to use for paper towels for checking oil.
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I see that Harley puts the good beer in his bidet! I guess if you are classy enough for a bidet, you wouldn't want to be putting Miller High Life in there or some Olympia!

And that squirrel story will pretty much end my going to the bathroom in the middle of the night and not turning on the light first. Thanks for that!

I like Viva, but I buy the select a size brawny. I use the Scott double rolls. In Mongolia there is no tp in any bathroom, so you carry it in your pocket--I learned very quickly how little it takes to do the job compared to our lavish usage at home! And hand sanitizer--that is some good stuff!
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Is someone trying to determine what to invest in (isn't tp one of the key commodities to invest in in hard times) ?

Scott always (it has gotten softer, but have used it so long we don't realize it ever wasn't soft) and Bounty paper towels, but the Target brand is just as good for us, we're finding. Prefer the plain white paper products no matter what.

This thread reminds me of the joke about the wife putting cream on her chest to make it bigger and the husband suggesting she use tp since it worked so well on her rear....
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