Andrex Scrunch or Fold

It is great to see that Andrex is joining in the great scrunch or fold debate in their latest advertising campaign.


Of course, I very much approve! However, it would have been nice if they had gone into the pros and cons of each method and how to do each way properly? But then, I guess, it would not fit with their family brand.

Gary Lineker Doesn’t Scrunch or Fold!

I was shocked to discover an amazing revelation about former England Footballer and now BBC TV Presenter Gary Lineker. During the opening England game of the 1990 World Cup against the Republic of Ireland, Gary Lineker had a poo on the pitch during the middle of the game and had no facilities to scrunch or fold, but had to drag his bottom on the grass and use his hands!

2012 The Year of the Scrunch

2012 is the official year of the Scrunch where scrunchers everywhere can celebrate the joys of scrunching and folders can start to learn and perhaps embrace and appreciate the merits of scrunching.

It is clear from interviews and research that many folders simply do not understand how to do a scrunch and therefore do not understand how this can be an effective method. Scrunching is not just scrunching the paper into a ball, there is a sophistication and art to it. Rather than a ball, the toilet paper is scrunched into a mushroom like shape with your hand holding the stem and protected and cushioned by the head of the mushroom.

The video below demonstrates how to do your basic scrunch (don’t worry no bottoms are involved):

Are you a Scruncher or a Folder? Vote here.

Scrunch or Fold: Differences between Men & Women?

Gender difference in the scrunch vs folding debate does not seem to be prevalent with current evidence, but people have hypothesised scrunching is actually better for men, whereas for women either method could be fine.

The reason for this hypothesis is that many men have hairy bums.

Hairy bums mean dirtier bottoms and are best cleaned through a firm wipe. As scrunching enables stronger purchase on the toilet tissue the user can, as some put it, “get right in there” for a thorough wipe without fear that the fingers will get too close to the bum hole or dirtiness.

Scrunching Vs Folding: An Empirical Test

A recent comment on this blog suggested an empirical test to determine finally which is best, scrunching or folding? The anonymous contributor wrote:

Firstly, we all need to agree that wiping your bum has one sole purpose; to clean it. So, to test this, find an uneven surface (as much resembly as possible to a bumhole) and place something with a similar texture of poo on it (porridge for example). Now, try to clean the uneven surface using once the wipe-with-folded-paper approach and once the dip-with-scrunched-paper approach. Which one was most efficient?

Essentially you are trying to recreate the wiping conditions without actually having to wipe a real dirty bottom.

The idea of using something like porridge seems sensible but I’m not sure what could be used as a bottom substitute? It would need to be very close to an actual bottom for it to be a fair test? Anyone have any suggestions?

Wiping Efficiency?

A lot of the fold or scrunch debate revolves around which is most efficient.

Wiping efficiency concerns the following:

  • Number of sheets needed
  • Number of wipes needed
  • Speed
  • Ability to re-fold or re-scrunch

Folders often claim that they require less number of sheets than scrunchers and quote the fact that SAS are trained to be folders and to use one sheet only.

Scrunchers must concede that in a combat environment perhaps scrunching is the most efficient use of toilet paper, but argue that it is likely the standard of cleanliness is much higher in everyday life.

The number of sheets used by different folders varies enormously, from a very few who use just one sheet to the most inefficient folders who wrap the paper around their hand.

Scrunchers tend not to use a set amount of sheets each time. They tear off what seems to be an adequate amount of toilet paper to scrunch. As this is so quick to do, Scrunchers state this speed is why scrunching is more efficient than folding.

Both folders and Scrunchers claim their approach requires less wipes as their way enables the practitioner to get a more thorough wipe. Until empirical tests are carried out, we will not know which is best.

A key argument by Folders is that folding enables easy re-folding and thus maximises the use and efficiency of the toilet paper. However, Scrunchers counter-argue by saying a good scrunch will also allow re-scrunching.

The efficiency debate continues ..

The importance of the Scrunch or Fold Debate

The reason why people all over the world are fascinated by the Scunch or Fold Debate is not really because it is rude or to do with poo specifically.

When we go to the bathroom, it is very usually a private moment alone and before people hear of the scrunch or fold difference, they naturally assume that whatever method they have been doing all their life is what everyone else does too. To discover that lots of people do something quite different is both shocking and amazing.

Folding and scrunching are such the antithesis of each other, that folders really cannot comprehend how or why someone would scrunch. Likewise, scrunchers are equally surprised at the number of people who fold and struggle to understand why they would use, in their opinion, an inferior approach.

This is where the debate really gets going as each party tries to argue and reason why their apporach is best and more effective.

It really is an argument of people from completely opposing sides. Srcunchers Vs Folders is like other great fights/debates such as  CommunismVs Capitalism, Cats Vs Dogs, Trojans Vs Greeks, Rocky Balboa Vs Apollo Creed and Good Vs Evil.