But never before has it been associated with fear and anxiety as it has been lately, topping the list of items being stockpiled around the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We bring you 10 interesting facts that you may not know about your roll.
The toilet paper was first created in 1391 for the Chinese emperor and was only used by the royalty. The use of paper for hygiene in China goes back to the sixth century. It was first mass produced in 1857 by an American named Joseph Gayetty who got his name printed on each sheet.
It takes nearly 400 trees to make the amount of toilet paper one man uses in his lifetime. Used toilet tissues make for roughly 10% of the paper dumped in landfills per day around the world.
Worldwide, on average one person uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year. In America, a person flushes down about 57 squares of tissue down the toilet every day.
There are about 84 million rolls of toilet paper manufactured worldwide every day.
Worldwide revenue from toilet paper was $81 billion in 2018 and is expected to increase to $94 billion by 2023.
The U.S. leads the world in toilet paper consumption, followed by Germany and the U.K., according to Statista figures in 2018.
Online shopping for toilet paper is increasing in China. Two companies, Corou and Botare, sold more than 260 million packets of tissues over two years on Pinduoduo ecommerce platform as of 2018.
The most expensive toilet roll was made of 22-carat gold in Australia and cost $1.3 million.
In the 1960s, colored toilet paper was created in some parts of the world to match the hue of bathrooms. Pink and green rolls were very common.
August 26 is celebrated as National Toilet Paper Day in the U.S. to honor a product the country feels it cannot live without.