Do you know how is toilet paper made?
Yes, most of us use toilet paper every day and we often don’t give a second thought about how it is made. But have you ever wondered what goes into the manufacturing process? In this blog post, I will take you through the steps involved in creating your favorite household product!
Step by Step Guide: How Is Toilet Paper Made
If you want to know those procedures of how is toilet paper made, here are some steps that will guide you.
Step One: Get the Right Materials
Just like when you’re cooking, to make toilet paper you need all of your ingredients. In this case, the main ingredient is wood pulp that comes from softwood trees (such as spruce and pine). I hope there is no environmentalist reading! If so, just think about how much fewer CO² would be emitted if we used recycled material instead.
In any event, these types of trees create a very wet substance. To dry it out before use, they will often transfer it through screens to let more water pass through than fiber. This process also separates some parts away so that they can be reused later on in production.
Matching up with what was mentioned earlier about how much water is removed from this substance, it should be no surprise that the pulp needs to go through a cooking process before being dried out.
Step Two: Add Chemicals and Bleach for Whiteness
Bleach isn’t really necessary in order to make toilet paper white. Moreover, many mills don’t use any at all! But some people prefer their TP whiter than others so they will add chlorine or peroxide (which both work) as well as other ingredients such as soda ash and caustic potash which help with brightness and opacity. For those wondering how long ago someone thought of using these items together, we have records going back decades although there weren’t always names for them- instead, people just knew what they did.
Step Three: Drying Time
Depending on the humidity of the mill, this process can take anywhere from a few hours to over twenty-four hours until it is dry enough for packing and shipping. This long drying period means that sometimes there will be natural changes in some batches which results in slight variations of hue or texture but it doesn’t affect how good they are for use! The next phase then starts automatically as soon as everything has dried out sufficiently.
Step Four: Packaging Up Rolls
A huge spool with hundreds of yards of toilet paper all wrapped around it gets fed into an individual wrapper machine where each sheet fills up its little roll and then stacks onto one another inside a cardboard tube before being sealed shut. Then an automatic machine pops them all out and wraps the bundle in plastic to keep it fresh before putting on a label with directions for how to use it!
The end of the line is where those rolls go into boxes that are stacked on pallets that will be delivered right away or stored until they get shipped out as needed. That’s how toilet paper is made.
We hope you learn how toilet paper is made and then never forget how to use it again. We hope you also take the time to thank your great-grandparents for inventing this product that helps us all get clean when we go number two so we don’t have to walk around with messes or call in a plumber!