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Are You Putting Your Toilet Paper On The Holder Properly?

House Beautiful logo House Beautiful 9/7/2018 Taylor Mead
a close up of a device with CN Tower in the background: The endless debate on how to put your toilet paper on the roll is officially settled. Science shows that there is absolutely a right way to do it if you want to remain germ-free in the bathroom. © Emily Suvanvej The endless debate on how to put your toilet paper on the roll is officially settled. Science shows that there is absolutely a right way to do it if you want to remain germ-free in the bathroom.

Ladies and gentlemen, whether you want to hear it or not, the classic debate over how to put your toilet paper roll on its holder has been settled. Though you may think it's "personal preference," I'm telling you, it's not. Sorry, Dr. Gilda Carle and Toilet Paper Personality Test fans.

Believe it or not, Inc. tells us that this controversial convo "was allegedly the topic that generated the most letters to Dear Abby on a single subject." I can't even make that up ...

If you answered "hanging over":

a close up of a man: The Right Way To Put Your Toilet Paper On Holder © GIPHY The Right Way To Put Your Toilet Paper On Holder

If you answered "dangling under":

Britney Spears smiling for the camera: The Right Way To Put Your Toilet Paper On Holder © GIPHY The Right Way To Put Your Toilet Paper On Holder

"The moment when a restroom user's hands are most likely to carry bacteria is when they reach for toilet paper," Geoffrey James writes after sharing the results of a study conducted at the University of Colorado, which (unsurprisingly) found "19 groups of bacteria on the doors, floors, faucet handles, soap dispensers, and toilets of 12 public restrooms in Colorado."

*Cringe* Picture it: you're in the bathroom and go to reach for the TP that's loose end is dangling under the roll. As you reach for it your fingers, hand, and subsequently the toilet paper, graze the wall behind it. Now imagine this happens to everyone who uses that same roll.

Additionally, when the toilet paper's "dangling under," you have to touch more of it than you would if, say, it were flipped the right way. Since not everyone's hands are clean, all the germs getting on you and the tissue you're about to wipe with is ... well, repulsive (especially in public restrooms).

When we took to Instagram to ask our followers which way was right in their opinions, an overwhelming majority agreed that "over" was the only way.

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But don't worry! Lucky for you, changing your roll is a simple fix - that is, unless you have 12 bathrooms like Derek Jeter, then it may take you just under 7 years to redo all of them.

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