to not understand boxes of tissues

(62 Posts)
moogstera1 Fri 05-Oct-12 17:03:56

Always make me feel a little queasy when I see them taking pride of place on coffee tables.
If you need to blow your nose, do you not just get a bit of loo roll? What's the advantage in spending what seems to be a disproportionately large amount of money on tissues?

IloveJudgeJudy Fri 05-Oct-12 17:05:46

As a very experienced tissue user, I can tell you that loo roll is just not the same. It's made to disintegrate after use. A tissue does not do that. I very often have a runny nose (various allergies) and have tissues all over the house (other family members also suffer from the same). I hope that explanation is sufficient smile.

fluffyanimal Fri 05-Oct-12 17:06:08

I like to have a box of tissues in several rooms of the house. That way I don't have to run to the bathroom when my DS has just sneezed a great big green bogie all over his face.
Also, toilet paper just isn't thick enough for some nose blows.

ParsleyTheLioness Fri 05-Oct-12 17:06:30

Loo roll ok for an odd blow. If you have a cold, tissues are much softer, and don't give you a sore nose.

lynniep Fri 05-Oct-12 17:07:42

as someone whose DH drops used toilet roll down the side of the bed and leaves it there for weeks, I can tell you the diference. DUST. There is an inordinate amount of dust generated by loo roll.
I agree though, Its blinking expensive. and pointless since DH wont use it anyway.

greenbananas Fri 05-Oct-12 17:07:53

Keeping a box of tissues on a shelf next to the sofa means that you do not have to get up and traipse to the bathroom when your dripping-nosed toddler interrupts your morning coffee with "wipe my nose mummy, I've got snot".

Euphemia Fri 05-Oct-12 17:08:10

They're softer than the cheap loo paper DH buys. smile

Also, my parents were broke for a few years and mum used loo roll for hankies. Buying nice boxes of tissues makes me feel good about being able to afford them.

Also I don't need to get up off my fat arse to use a tissue.

SuperB0F Fri 05-Oct-12 17:08:41

Toilet paper rips your skin to shreds. I have allergies too, and frequent colds due to an immunity problem, and if I use loo roll after running out of tissues, the skin round my nose flakes and bleeds.

OvOntToSuckYourBlood Fri 05-Oct-12 17:11:08

We never ever had tissues growing up. We weren't poor, it was just seen as something needlessly frivolous I think. So I now have a box in ever room and feel all fancy. grin

OvOntToSuckYourBlood Fri 05-Oct-12 17:12:15

Oh oh, I even bought covers for the boxes made from Laura Ashley material for maximum knobberishness! blush

ShatnersBassoon Fri 05-Oct-12 17:14:32

The advantage with tissues is having a paper fit for the purpose. Toilet roll is meant to disintegrate when it gets wet, tissue holds its form so you don't end up with a hand full of snot. Plus a box of tissues is convenient, looks better than loo roll on the coffee table, and you don't have to put something coated with toilet germs on your face.

MardyBra Fri 05-Oct-12 17:15:30

Poor misunderstood tissues. If only people listened to them...

halcyondays Fri 05-Oct-12 17:16:56

No, I don't use toilet roll to blow my nose unless I'm on the toilet or we've run out of tissues. Why would I when I could use tissues instead?

perfumedlife Fri 05-Oct-12 17:19:04

As others say, it's convenient to have them close to hand and they are stronger. I hate loo roll for my nose. I buy nice tissue holder boxes to stick the tissues in though.

Tissues aren't just for snot though, they come in handy when eating a dribbly peach on the settee.

Also, you really don't want to let small children near rolls of toilet paper more often than you can help.... Having tissue boxes on a high shelf means they're easily accessible to mum and dad but can't be unravelled by smaller hands.

sittinginthesun Fri 05-Oct-12 17:23:17

Toilet roll makes me sneeze, so it's a bit pointless using it to blow my nose. I'm worse off than before I started.

NadiaWadia Fri 05-Oct-12 17:23:33

Why would it make you feel queasy?

cantspel Fri 05-Oct-12 17:26:09

a box of tissues cost 50p for wilkos so i dont see how it is cheaper to use loo roll.

cheekybarsteward Fri 05-Oct-12 17:26:21

Oh good gracious, what is wrong with monogrammed handkerchief?

Fakebook Fri 05-Oct-12 17:28:48

We haven't bought any tissue boxes since DD started walking, and reaching on to the table. Its been a good 4 years now, and we've survived. Loo roll for colds and bum, and kitchen rolls for everything else!

Euphemia Fri 05-Oct-12 17:33:58

DH uses hankies and they are MANKY!!!

My mum used to boil hankies in a pan on the stove. <vomit>

There is no place in 2012 for hankies IMO.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Fri 05-Oct-12 17:35:49

I don't always have tissues around, but first thing I do when one of us gets a cold is buy some Kleenex Balsam. They are awesome.

cantspel Fri 05-Oct-12 17:36:09

my husband uses hankie and give on take the odd new one most of them he has been using for the last 22 years or longer.

Do you just put them in the washing machine with the bogies on cant?

cantspel Fri 05-Oct-12 17:39:11

yep and the miracle of ariel washes them clean again. Ready to be folded, ironed and putt back in his hankie draw.

You iron his hankies? Are you my Mum cant? grin

Malificence Fri 05-Oct-12 17:44:47

Nobody has mentioned the box of sex tissues on the bedside table, it is Friday. wink

cantspel Fri 05-Oct-12 17:47:55

I love to iron but then i have a great big kick arse steam press.

All i have to do is pull down the lever and press the steam button and voila nice freshly ironed hankies and shirts.

The only things i dont iron are fitted bedding, jeans, pants and socks. i even have a collection of different smelling ironing waters so i can change fragrence depending on my mood.

Goes to sit in the sad corner.

SwedishEdith Fri 05-Oct-12 17:48:20

It makes you quesy? You've got tissues.

Surprisingly I am quite envy cant.

cantspel Fri 05-Oct-12 17:52:27

Malificence We dont have sex tissues by the bed but the way i know that oh is feeling randy is by the fact he brings a wad of loo roll to bed with him and leaves it on the bedside cabinet. I know not to bother with putting my nighty on when i see a nice bundle of tescos economy on my freshly dusted night stands.

Very practical and thoughtful cant. smile

pjmama Fri 05-Oct-12 17:56:28

Magic word - "balsam"!
Lovely soft balsam tissues = many comfortable blowings.
Bog roll = red, sore, cracked nose and top lip.
My nose runs alot grin

MadMumToThree Fri 05-Oct-12 17:58:32

sparklingbrook my MIL still does !

DH insists in hankies - not just for his nose they get used for all sorts - car windows mucky hands dusting the tv screen blush

cantspel Fri 05-Oct-12 17:59:00

Its the secret of a long and happy marriage. You need to find a man who has the foresight to grab the tescos economy before you end up with leakage all over the qvc northern lights bedding

My mum used to iron my dad's hankies.

She also ironed his Y Fronts. Great big airtex Y Fronts.

No wonder the ironing board was a permanent fixture in our house.

Well exactly cant you don't want any residue on your 400 thread count bed linen. wink

SJ47 Fri 05-Oct-12 18:03:09

Loo roll is expensive! As expensive as tissues at least, so loo roll is used for the loo, and tissues in other rooms.

SkaterGrrrrl Fri 05-Oct-12 18:04:26

I am addicted to tissues. I have a box in every room and a stockpile in the cupboard, I fear running out. I am a very allergic person and blow my nose constantly throughout the day. Only soft tissues will do, otherwise I get a red nose and flakey skin.

<Rushes to google Laura Ashley tissue box holder>

cantspel Fri 05-Oct-12 18:06:01

Does anyone buy those little individual packs of tissues?

I get through hundreds of them as my boys put them in their pocket for school and god only knows what they do with them as they seem to pick up a fresh packet everyday or so.

Malificence Fri 05-Oct-12 18:07:39

DH takes pride in how many tissues are used for a post-coital clean up, anything over 6 and he's positively giddy . grin

FredFredGeorge Fri 05-Oct-12 18:08:17

I think Boxes of tissues became popular when people switched to blinds from curtains - you just can't get a good blow on blinds.

WholeLottaRosie Fri 05-Oct-12 18:11:31

Get one of these and your loo roll will look like tissues

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 05-Oct-12 18:15:32

I love tissues, we have them in many rooms.

We use the man size ones for at home and have the little packets for the dses at school and for me running. Those little packet tissues seem much more robust and less prone to tearing. On a good day I can run 10 miles on one tissue<proud>

Blowing your nose on loo roll is just manky!

SwedishEdith Fri 05-Oct-12 19:31:05

Only Kleenex Balsam will do. Have tried own brand balsams and they simply don't compare

Tempo tissues are very thick and strong. DH's favourite. grin

vodkaanddietirnbru Fri 05-Oct-12 19:41:46

we need them close at hand for when dd has one of her unexpected nose bleeds - saves getting blood on the carpet! She has a box of tissues in her bed too to try and save her sheets/pillow if she gets a nose bleed in the night and can't get to the bathroom fast enough. Had enough of the 'hammer house of horror effect' when she didnt have hankies to hand - blood on the bed, dripped on the floor, on the door, the lightswitch, etc!

maillotjaune Fri 05-Oct-12 19:53:49

Do women use hankies? My DH does, and likes them ironed so they fold flat (pointless as they just get shoved in a pocket). Sadly for him I don't do ironing for other peoplegrin and he can't be arsed.

They are manky though and tissues are much better than loo roll for noses.

Wheels79 Fri 05-Oct-12 20:12:50

Sainsbury basic for sex tissues on DH side of bed and Klennex Balsam for noses on my side (I blow my nose loads). MIL changed bed sheets while we were on holiday. Probably thinks I'm a meanie now making her son use basics.

SuperB0F Fri 05-Oct-12 20:17:16

Agree that Kleenex Baldam are by far the best. No contest.

For me, most of the pleasure of tissue boxes is the WHISK as you pull a tissue out.

A little soft tuft sticking out - and then WHISK - a full-size lovely soft fresh tissue emerges, like a dove emerging from a wizard's sleeve.

Lord Turnip enjoys a selection of silk handkerchiefs - in a dazzling array of rich colours - stuffed with gay abandon into his top pocket. I love him despite this. And the socks.

hiddenhome Fri 05-Oct-12 20:54:54

ds1 eats entire boxes of tissues, so I had to give up buying them. Tissues are very nice and comforting and useful to mop up minor spills too smile

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Fri 05-Oct-12 20:59:11

Team handkerchief rules - NOT manky.


parno Fri 05-Oct-12 21:23:53

This is hilarious. My chum works in research and last week she asked me and another pal to help out with consumer research on tissues. This led to a lengthy conversation about tissues. Imo tissues are a luxury item whilst my pal sees then as am essential and was quite annoyed that when her on line delivery arrived her tissues had been substituted and the boxes didn't match her decor. There was quite a bit of beer involved whilst having this debate.

BrianButterfield Fri 05-Oct-12 21:27:58

The thing about buying tissues is, it's like buying biscuits. You know when you buy a nice packet of biscuits and everyone eats the fuckers, well that's what happens when I buy tissues. People who have gone weeks using loo roll or sleeves or passing babies to wipe their noses on see a box of tissues and begin using them by the fistful. The merest sniffle and out they come! It gives people ideas, does a box of tissues.

cheekybarsteward Fri 05-Oct-12 21:36:36

Won't you think of the trees?

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Fri 05-Oct-12 21:38:42

The poor truffula trees!

Nagoo Sat 06-Oct-12 09:11:08

brian you are very funny grin

are they nicer more precious trees that make tissues compared with loo roll? grin

Yes we have tissues, because I have small drippy children with green streamy noses, and I don't want to get off my arse to get loo roll.

BionicEmu Sat 06-Oct-12 10:09:53

I am obviously a slattern. I just keep a roll of andrex aloe vera on the bookcase in the living room for wiping toddler DS's funny nose. One square is the perfect size for a little toddler nose, they don't seem to disintegrate and they seem to be kind to his skin - no red raw noses here. Goodness knows how many boxes of tissues I'd get through otherwise!

BionicEmu Sat 06-Oct-12 10:10:45

That should read DS's runny nose! Although it is quite comical at times...

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