The inventor of toilet paper rolls hung them in the 'over' position — and a modern homemaking expert says he was right

Business Insider | 6/13/2019 | Rachel Murphy, INSIDER
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Melissa Maker, author of "Clean My Space," sets the record straight on the over vs. under debate.

Toilet paper rolls were invented in 1891 and renderings show the tearable sheets in an "over" position.

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Maker told INSIDER it's all about personal preference.

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When you walk into the bathroom, you probably aren't paying much attention to the toilet paper until you reach to use it. But, when you finally go to tear a sheet off, you may notice if the roll is run with the paper facing over or underneath. While you continue on about your business, you may be wondering to yourself, which way is the right way?

Some quick history for you: Toilet paper rolls were invented in 1891. Ever since then, people around the world have grappled with how to correctly hang a roll of toilet paper. Should it be over or under? While your personal preference may take the lead in your own bathroom, we spoke to Melissa Maker, cleaning expert extraordinaire and author of " Clean My Space," to settle the debate of how to hang a roll of toilet paper once and for all.

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Maker, whose Clean My Space YouTube channel has over 1.1 million subscribers, told INSIDER that there's a reason you should be hanging your toilet paper over instead of under.

"For one, it's more convenient and easier to get access to the toilet paper instead of having to dig underneath," she said.

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Seth Wheeler, the inventor of the toilet paper roll, seems to agree. According to Google Patents, drawings filed by Wheeler back in 1891 show rolls of toilet paper hanging over — not under. While Wheeler didn't definitively come out and say which way is correct, it's safe to say that the illustrations speak for themselves. And, then there's the cleanliness aspect when...
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