When the coronavirus hit, the thing people talked about as much COVID-19 was the toilet paper shortage. Store shelves were empty of bath tissue and online orders delayed. Security was even been beefed up to deal with panicked buyers crowding stores. And as a second wave of COVID hit the US, it’s happening again, leading many to the question: Just how much toilet paper will you need over the next few weeks?
Supplying an answer is the website How Much Toilet Paper?, which is, yes, a toilet paper tracker.
A UK creation from student software developer Ben Sasson and artist Sam Harris, the site has several questions for users to answer in an effort to target how long their current toilet paper stash will hold out.
How It Works
What users will want to know when going in to use the tool, bearing in mind the cumulative number of members in one’s household:
- How many rolls of toilet paper they currently have on hand.
- Number of visits to the bathroom per day during which toilet paper is appropriated?
Gaining even further insight comes with these advanced questions:
- Average number of wipes per trip.
- Sheets used per wipe.
- Sheets on each roll.
- People in household (yes, this requires questioning loved ones about their usage).
Taking these statistics into account, How Much Toilet Paper? calculates how long the household’s current stock will last during the quarantine.
A genius tool when it comes to allaying fears of those who may feel inclined to hoard, How Much Toilet Paper? has appealed to the masses. More than five million users and counting, to be exact.
Per How Much Toilet Paper, “The average user has 500% more toilet paper than they need for quarantine.”
Hopefully, the information relayed by How Much Toilet Paper? will calm frayed nerves and reduce the worldwide toilet paper shortage. As the site says, “Not everyone is able to get to a store and stock up on toilet roll. Don’t be selfish.”
Oh, and while you’re at it, send the creators a thank you via a cup of coffee or donation (buttons on the site allow for this). Something far easier to gift these days than toilet paper.