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acartohygieiophobia arises in the Covid-19 pandemic

Saturday, January 16, 2021

(n.) The morbid fear of running out of toilet paper. From the Greek, literally "absence of paper for hygiene purposes, fear of."

Ok, I'm sure I will get lambasted for this but I have been hit with acartohygieiophobia and I don't like it. I have found a few articles about TP Consumption (is consumption the right word?!) but I too have been hit with this irrational phobia and decided to put it out here in the hopes I am not alone.

This article was really funny! I laughed my way through it!

Then I found a calculator that was absolutely worthless because none of the preferred TP's have 500 sheets anymore and haven't for a very long time.

If anyone reading this shares my phobia, acartohygieiophobia, than I have found a calculator that put my worries to rest. I correctly calculated that I go through 2 rolls per week, on average. My walking buddy & I discussed this and we both agreed that 2 per week sounded ok. Thankfully I am hoping not to be obsessed any longer with this "irrational" fear. That said, people survived without TP for a very long time and yet civilization has continued to survive.

Here is the link for an actually good way to calculate usage.

Yes, I am sure to be the "butt" of many jokes - but I don't believe in hiding my head in the sand. For those sharing my phobia, acartohygieiophobia, in the absence of "flushable wipes" there are still non-flushable baby wipes which are actually a better deal money-wise. Sam's Club carries a MembersMark Unscented which is of excellent quality.

As a side-note, when I was caregiver for my husband, he didn't feel clean unless he used washrags. I actually found a hint that came from using a diaper pail that I am going to share because it worked! The article said to use "dishwasher soap" in the pail since it was food that started this mess, lol. I can tell you, I took a cheaper Cascade Pod and dissolved it in hot water in a small bucket and when the bucket was full, I washed everything with bleach. What was interesting is the total lack of odor and the fact that all the cloths came out clean - NO Stains whatsoever!
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  • KATIE5668
    late arriving at this blog...so dern funny!!! Thanks for sharing !!! emoticon
    The article that is ..not the TP!!!
    133 days ago
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    191 days ago
    Lol, who'd have thought there was a word for fear of running out of toilet paper. emoticon for sharing the articles with us.
    193 days ago
    Lol, I am old enough to remember sheets of newspaper or catalogue pages in our outhouse on the farm. TP was an amazing luxury when we finally had indoor plumbing but we were told to ration ourselves to 2 squares.
    194 days ago
    Hahaha...well, that first link didn’t pull any punches, does it?
    I use a lot of TP, seems to me.
    My man hates that I use flushable on occasion because we have a septic system.
    I like the baby wipes idea, and not flushing them.
    194 days ago
    Interesting! Having enough TP was a concern @ the beginning of this pandemic, but . . . have learned to conserve and make it last. No more playing wheel of fortune w/the roll! Just take sufficient!

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