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To be a scruncher

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cheesenpickles Sat 30-Mar-19 08:55:53

So, DH came home this week with a tale about how a colleague of his had to call out a plumber for a massive blockage. Allegedly, the plumber said it was because someone (in this case, colleagues wife) had scrunched loo roll and it had caused the blockage.

Dh then said we must always fold rather than scrunch our loo roll. I then said I am a scruncher and he gave me a look as if I were drowning kittens. Then he started asking me my average sheet usage at which point I decided that the conversation was heading south and told him to not be so daft.

Surely scrunching doesn't block drains? I would say I'm less scruncher tbh and more epically lazy folder.


JenMumma Mon 01-Apr-19 09:25:57

What ? But doesn't it all soften up when it gets wet anyway? Regardless of wether it's a scrunch, a fold or an origami swan ??

paxillin Mon 01-Apr-19 09:34:27

This being MN, I expect to discover some amazing ways to wipe now grin.

NotSoThinLizzy Mon 01-Apr-19 09:35:18


ILoveMaxiBondi Mon 01-Apr-19 09:36:56

I’ve never understood scrunching. It’s just so weird! Why would anyone think scrunching was the best way to wipe? confused

littledoll33 Mon 01-Apr-19 09:37:39

What a load of shit! grin

The way you fold or scrunch or screw up your loo roll makes naff-all difference to how it flushes, or whether it blocks the drain!

It's people chucking crap down the drain, like cooking fat/lard, and baby wipes, and nappies and suchlike that causes blockages. Maybe EXCESSIVE amounts of loo roll may cause a blockage, but the way you screw up your loo roll is irrelevant.

GPatz Mon 01-Apr-19 09:38:55

I have never realised this about myself - I am a folder shock

Ihopeyourcakeisshit Mon 01-Apr-19 09:39:15

Place marking for bum wiping tipsgrin

cheesenpickles Mon 01-Apr-19 09:41:46

See, I would have thought that surely if you scrunch the same amount of loo roll than you fold, it would break down the same. Dh has said no and he is an engineer so he "knows" things like this. Feel like he is grabbing at loo rolls to save face.

SosigDog Mon 01-Apr-19 09:42:04

Scrunching gives you a thicker wodge to wipe with. Folding means the paper is thinner and your fingers are more likely to tear through it. If you fold YABVU and risking poopy fingers!

paxillin Mon 01-Apr-19 09:43:32

Since he presumably doesn't come in to check, just say you have seen the light, are totally reformed and will henceforth iron sharp creases into your loo roll. Then continue as you are.

AdvancedAvoider Mon 01-Apr-19 09:43:38

I just don't understand scrunching, how can you get a properly clean backside with scrunched up loo roll?

safariboot Mon 01-Apr-19 09:46:19

Tell DH you've been scrunching for years and your toilet hasn't blocked.

Damntheman Mon 01-Apr-19 09:50:02

You CAN block a drain from trying to flush too much toilet paper at once. But too much toilet paper would be like.. half a roll, so I doubt even a scruncher could use that much in one go!

That said, scrunching is odd, aren't you more likely to get your fingers somewhere you don't want them if you scrunch? The unpredictability of where the paper is and isn't would really bother me!

TimeIhadaNameChange Mon 01-Apr-19 09:50:28

Get two tubs. Fill with water.

Grab the same number of sheets of paper, fold one and scrunch the other. Put one in each tub and see if they react differently in the water.

ILoveMaxiBondi Mon 01-Apr-19 09:50:38

Dh has said no and he is an engineer so he "knows" things like this


Sorry, he’ll need to provide a detailed diagram to explain his findings.

lidoshuffle Mon 01-Apr-19 09:53:14

My plumber said buy cheap loo roll as it's thin. The posh quilty stuff blocks drains.

That said, Lidl's cheap stuff has about four sheets to a roll, so there's never any danger that will happen...

ExplodingCarrots Mon 01-Apr-19 10:02:44

I'm a folder and I've NEVER had poopy fingers grin

After having this conversation with friends and realising this was a thing I discovered DH and DD are scrunchers shock

TheQueef Mon 01-Apr-19 10:03:53

Paperless here <so eco>

pansydansy Mon 01-Apr-19 10:08:44


BeanTownNancy Mon 01-Apr-19 10:09:53

I used to scrunch, but now I fold. Not sure why I changed.

You know who the real weirdos are? People who stand up to wipe instead of staying seated and just leaning... hmm

pansydansy Mon 01-Apr-19 10:11:30

@BeanTownNancy dh does that! It irritate me so much 😤

ILoveMaxiBondi Mon 01-Apr-19 10:18:44

dh does that! It irritate me so much


1) how do you know this??
2) why does it irritate you?

BarbaraofSevillle Mon 01-Apr-19 10:21:51

My plumber said buy cheap loo roll as it's thin. The posh quilty stuff blocks drains

We found this out the hard way by holidaying in Spain. We buy our toilet roll in Costco and used to chuck a couple of rolls in the suitcase when we went on holiday because most of the stuff in the supermarket near to the apartment block we stayed in was thin rubbishy stuff and we didn't see the point in buying toilet roll on holiday when we had a load of it at home, and space in the suitcase.

Of course there is a reason why the toilet roll in the Spanish supermarket is the thin rubbishy stuff....

But I agree with PPs who say that I don't understand how you can wipe effectively with scrunched toilet paper.

pansydansy Mon 01-Apr-19 10:24:55

@ILoveMaxiBondi I've seen him do it 🙈 I just don't understand it, it makes no sense so I guess that's why it grates on me. It's just so wrong 😬

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