Toilet Paper Vs Tissue? What to Use!

Deciding which to use is primarily determined by the task you need to perform in the household. The heavier and sometimes more complicated tasks require tissue and its many variants.

However, toilet paper is a much more suitable product for more straightforward and more specific tasks. Toilet tissue is more cost-effective in the short term than facial tissue is.

Choosing between toilet and tissue paper generally requires the horses for courses approach. Read on to learn more about why you might choose between the two paper products.

Is Bathroom Tissue The Same As Toilet Paper?

Bathroom tissue sure sounds like it could mean the same thing as toilet paper, especially given how similar toilet and tissue paper are.

Bathroom tissue, is not the same as toilet paper. Bathroom tissue, also known as restroom tissue, is a type of paper towel available in most public bathrooms that do not have hand dryers available. Toilet paper, however, is used to clean other body parts outside of just hands.

Toilet paper vs tissue
Bathroom Tissue

Bathroom or restroom tissue is usually available from a dispenser and comes in larger separate sheets. Most bathroom tissue is bleached a white color, and more often than not, you will find patterns etched into it.

Unlike wet wipes or baby wipes, bathroom tissue is usually dry and can absorb moisture which is why they are commonly used after hand washing. 

Toilet tissue is also bleached white, and sometimes you will have patterns etched into the paper to make for a more pleasant and slightly more expensive visit to the loo. 

However, a defining feature of your standard rolls of toilet paper is that it usually comes in a roll with perforated sheets. While some bathroom tissue also fits this profile, it is not as common.

Generally speaking, bathroom tissue will be softer yet considerably thicker than toilet paper. That is because the primary function of bathroom tissue is absorption, either when wiping your hands after washing them in the sink or for drying your face after perhaps touching yourself with wet hands. 

You can also use bathroom tissue to clean your face or remove makeup.

Bathroom tissue is designed to be thrown away into a basket or trash can once you are done with it because it is highly likely to clog up most plumbing systems. Meanwhile, toilet tissue is not designed to last once it comes into contact with water because it needs to flush down the sewage system and the rest of your waste.

Is Toilet Paper The Same As Tissues?

Both facial and toilet tissues are soft enough to be used in sensitive areas. But are they the same?

Tissues are not the same as toilet paper, either. While toilet paper is usually purchased in rolls, tissues are typically purchased in boxes that are available to consumers as loose single sheets. Tissues are also more rigid and less likely to disintegrate.

A single sheet of toilet tissue is usually attached by an adhesive and sometimes needs to be ripped off of other sheets.

Tissues that are usually available in boxes are primarily associated with household cleaning, runny noses, and the wiping of tears. While rolls of toilet paper only really have one primary function, which is to wipe yourself after you have used the toilet.

Manufacturers use chlorine in both commercial toilet paper and conventional face tissues to bleach the paper. The whiter the paper, the more chlorine has been used during the bleaching process. 

Tissues purchased in boxes are generally more bleached than toilet tissue, which provides reassurance for those who use them for different forms of facial hygiene.

However, that also means that tissues are potentially more toxic than most toilet tissue, although that would depend on the type of toilet paper that you use. There are always exceptions.

Is Toilet Paper Bad For Your Face?

Modern toilet paper can be bad for your face, even if the effects are not immediate. The American Cancer Society is investigating this cleaning material as a potential source of carcinogens like formaldehyde.

According to the experts, that stuff can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. While that would invariably be a significant concern for people using toilet paper to wipe after visiting the bathroom, touching your face with it can’t possibly be a better idea.

Even if toilet paper were not toxic, there would also be the small matter of how easily it disintegrates when it encounters any moisture. So, if you are somebody who needs to wipe your face or simply blow your nose, toilet paper will be the least pleasant way to go about it. 

It will likely stick all over your face. Some of it might go in your nose or ears, while the rest gets stuck in your hair.

Toilet Paper vs. Kleenex

Toilet Paper vs Kleenex

Kleenex is a type of facial tissue. Could it be an exception that’s more similar to toilet paper than other types of tissues?

No, toilet paper is not the same as Kleenex from both a functional and aesthetic point of view. Kleenex looks better, smells better, has antiviral compounds, and is more heavy-duty than toilet tissue.

As antiviral facial tissues that have been produced with citric acid and sodium lauryl sulfate, Kleenex products have been designed to help reduce and even prevent viral transmissions.

All of that is compelling, but when you start reading through the ingredients of a Kleenex facial tissue, you might begin to wonder just how good they actually are for you, especially when you consider how bleached Kleenex tissues already are.

Kleenex facial tissue includes things like mineral oil, isopropyl palmitate, and dimethicone. The impact these things can have on your general health and skin will vary, but you cannot ignore the potential for harm here.

While being potentially toxic itself, toilet tissue does not give you as much to think about in the way of ïngredients. You also won’t get away with flushing Kleenex for long, in case you decide to use it for wiping after using the loo.


Toilet paper is a generally inferior product to have around the household compared to tissues, paper towels, or even napkins. You can’t do a considerable amount with it, and it generally looks uglier than all the other similar products on the market. However, a lot less goes into the chemical process when making toilet tissue, making it safer than facial tissue papers.

Toilet paper is also the ideal product for the basic functions it serves, being less harsh on the body. At minimum, it won’t cripple your plumbing infrastructure.