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You've Probably Been Using Paper Towels Wrong Your Whole Life

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Nov 18, 2015
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Dana Tepper

OK, using a paper towel isn't exactly rocket science: Spot a spill, tear off some sheets and wipe it up. Or, if you're in a public bathroom, tear off a gigantic wad to ensure you get every drop of water off your hands posthaste.

Is something wrong with that picture? Americans use 13 billion pounds of paper towels every year, which means we're spending a ton on something that we toss literally seconds after we use it. 

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There is, however, a simple way to use fewer paper towels — and science actually does play a part in the logic. that, according to this Tedx Talk from Joe Smith (whose bona fides, admittedly, seem to fall more under the category of "lovable grandpa just who knows better than you" than "scientist"), there's a trick that ensures you only need one paper towel per mess (or trip to the bathroom): the shake and fold.

The "shake," is obvious — Rip recommends flicking away the loose water on your hands before you reach for the paper. But the "fold" is interesting. By folding the piece of paper in half, you create space between two layers for "interstitial suspension" to occur — meaning, the droplets of moisture can cling to the towel as well as each other in-between the fold, basically increasing the amount the paper can actually hold.

Check out Smith in action here:

We love Smith's enthusiasm, but frankly he proves point that's more common sense than science: You're probably grabbing several sheets of paper towel simply out of habit.






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