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23 May 2005 @ 04:18 pm
Toilet Paper and Houseguests  
I live in an apartment with weak-flushing toilets. I think they're the originals from the 1970s and the management won't replace them because they still work, more or less. I normally buy Charmin toilet paper because my husband and I don't use very much, so clogging isn't an issue. However, my sister and in-laws use WAY too much TP, enough that I'm afraid they'll seriously clog up the toilet (and naturally won't know how to fix it), especially if I use a thick toilet paper like Charmin. So would it make me seem like a bad host only to use cheap, easily dissolving TP like Scott in an attempt to prevent blockages? Should I not tell them it's a departure from my normal TP and just pretend I use it all the time?
This isn't really a serious issue, but toilet paper IS expensive, and I don't want to go through a nice roll every two days, even if the weak toilet wasn't a factor. Normally a roll lasts us a week.
LindseYlindseythefork on May 23rd, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
Well, they could just end up using twice as much toilet paper as they usually do if you give them thin stuff.. could you tell them that your toilet is touchy and you *really* need them to use as little as possible?
And he will have no lack of gaincoercedbynutmeg on May 23rd, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
Oh I should clarify! They normally use thin stuff like Scott anyway. I don't think quality paper would encourage them to use any less.
jmprsjumpers on May 23rd, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't think anything of the kind of toilet paper my host had if I were visiting. I actually prefer Scott toilet paper over Charmin, and thank goodness my roommate agrees with me or else we'd have to have two TP brands sitting side by side in the bathroom!
Jasminejasminelily on May 23rd, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
Why don't you just tell them that the toilets are very weak and they clog, and so to be very very careful about how much to use?
Haunted Corn Muffin: milkbeewee on May 23rd, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
That's what I would say. Just explain that the toilets clog easily. I have sensitive toilets too...if I have to use a lot of TP I usually space my flushes out. That way, a whole mass of toilet paper doesn't go down at once. Wipe, flush, wipe, flush etc...
Jasminejasminelily on May 23rd, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
I have to do that too. After a few times when my toilet broke at the beginning of a weekend, I learned to just not worry about wasting water and just flush a lot.
Haunted Corn Muffin: milkbeewee on May 23rd, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's either space flushes or have a continually clogged toilet.
rineyriney on May 23rd, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
Exactly. My brother and sis-in-law live in a house with older plumbing, and they have a cute little framed note on top of the toliet asking the ladies not to flush their "lady things" down the toliet (followed by "thank you. the management). Just explain the situation and people should understand. Otherwise you'll have to switch your TP out every time someone comes over to visit!
And he will have no lack of gaincoercedbynutmeg on May 23rd, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
Well, not *everyone*. Just the people who I know are really liberal with TP usage. Like the former roommate who used an entire roll of "Nice N Soft" every day.
Jenjennifer0246 on May 23rd, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
buy the scott, and put a nice note on the back of the tank or on the wall or somewhere in the bathroom to the effect of "i am an old and sensitive toilet, and i don't do well with alot of tissue - please go easy on me"
Pameliciouspamelicious on May 23rd, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
I LOVE this suggestion. It addresses the problem in a fun way, but still gets the message across.
Faith: evil poppims_snail on May 23rd, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
I sure wish I'd have thought of this when my parents came to visit. Recently married, we're still in the experimental stage of figuring out what we like and is decently priced enough to satisfy both of us. But we were back to Charmin (which I don't really like very much) when they were here, and between the 4 adults and 1 7-year-old, it got ugly in there. Of course, the only time it would actually clog was when I was in there, after being stuffed by all of them.

Don't forget to hide your stash of good stuff in your bedroom closet where they won't see it. And do offhandedly mention that it's old pipes, to not use too much toilet paper, and maybe flush twice even if it doesn't seem necessary... After I spent 30 minutes trying to unclog the damn thing, it became law here to do that while they were visiting, and we didn't have any more problems.
hdcat on May 23rd, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
Try the new soft TP from Scott- its a lot softer then regular Scott but a lot better the Charmin..its sort of the best of both world.
And he will have no lack of gaincoercedbynutmeg on May 23rd, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! It sounds exactly like the situation I'd expect to face, except without a 7 year old. At my in-laws house, with one daughter at home and the two parents, they go through about 6 rolls of SCOTT per week. That's like 3000 feet of toilet paper per week. Or like 12 rolls of Charmin, which would cost about $8 to $10. For TOILET PAPER.
Definitely will hide the good stuff while they visit, if they do in fact visit.
skoshy on May 23rd, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
I would just tell them that your toilet is really dodgy and that they should not flush anything other than paper down it. And, without getting too graphic, explain to them that big clumps of toilet paper tend to clog it. And put your plunger right next to the toilet as a reminder!

I know it's a horrible subject to have to breach with houseguests but hopefully they'll be accomodating. If not, roll some kitchen foil around the tp holder! hehe j/k
And he will have no lack of gaincoercedbynutmeg on May 23rd, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
We absolutely bought two plungers to go with the two toilets in our house. The toilet in our bedroom is much less sketchy, but I personally don't like people going into my bedroom to use the bathroom unless absolutely necessary. They tend to poke through my medicine cabinet or otherwise infuriate me. I think a warning will suffice.
skoshy on May 23rd, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
It's funny that you mention people poking around in medicine cabinets. I find that to be quite possibly one of the rudest things a person can do in someone else's house. It's not like I have anything to hide but still, I don't want people going through my stuff!!
And he will have no lack of gaincoercedbynutmeg on May 23rd, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC)
I don't want my in laws, who are pushing for a baby already, even though my hubby and I are 23 and 24, going through my medicine cabinet. If I had a pregnancy test in there they'd totally get the wrong idea. Come to think of it, I take prenatal vitamins! Yeah, no in-laws in the medicine cabinet.
skoshy on May 23rd, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness - take those out and hide them in the garage! If they get even the tiniest inkling that you're trying, they'll never let you hear the end of it!

My fiance's ex wife - who is now banned from our house but for other reasons - made comments about how she should be getting MORE CHILD SUPPORT because my fiance and I both have a couple of bottles of "expensive" perfumes/cologne! Talk about nosey!

Congrats on getting ready for a baby though! :)
And he will have no lack of gaincoercedbynutmeg on May 24th, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)
Oh but I'm not! I just take prenatal vitamins because they have the best nutritional mix of any I've seen, without any weird herbal crap.
So see, it's easy to jump to conclusions, babywise.
skoshy on May 24th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
See - now imagine if I was your mother in law?!?!?!?! hehe
And he will have no lack of gaincoercedbynutmeg on May 24th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
Yup, that's exactly what I was getting at.
msi_junkie17: mariomsi_junkie17 on May 23rd, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
I know if I were the houseguest, I would want to know right away about the toilet being sensitive that way I'm saved the embarassment of overflowing toilet and possible feminine products that would be floating around. Heh.
And he will have no lack of gaincoercedbynutmeg on May 23rd, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
Feminine? Try Scatological.
msi_junkie17: mariomsi_junkie17 on May 23rd, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
Hah. Well I think I'd be more embarassed by a tampon than other bodily output. Especially if the host was a guy and found it. But that's just me. =p
And he will have no lack of gaincoercedbynutmeg on May 23rd, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
Actually, they were raised on a septic tank so they don't do the tampon in the toilet thing. I do keep trashcans in all my bathrooms for that very reason, though. Of course, I'd be the person mopping my MILs shit off the floor, though if I were lucky she'd be too mortified to ever come visit us again :-)
msi_junkie17: mariomsi_junkie17 on May 23rd, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)

the bride stripped bare by her bachelors, even: cringe!palebythesea on May 23rd, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
oi, exactly! I would die a thousand deaths of embarrassment if I broke someone's toilet while as a guest in their home. The bit of embarrassment to tell them that the toilet can't handle alot of paper is going to do both you and them a favor of avoiding unpleasant plumbing consequences