The Clean Routine

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cottonelle.

I am of the belief that there are two types of people in this world: those who fold and those who crumple.

To be honest, for a really long time I thought everyone just crumpled. I thought that was how it was done. I mean, I assume that is how I was taught or why would I still be doing it that way at age 35?

But then I started talking with Cortney about our routines.

Our bum-cleaning routines.

Wait. You have never sat on the couch munching popcorn just discussing your bathroom clean routine?

Ok, I never did either. I suppose those kinds of conversations can be a little weird to have. Cottonelle has teamed up with Cherry Healey to try to get people to talk about how they wipe.

Still weird? Yeah, it was for me too. Until recently, anyway. It’s not like we don’t use bathroom talk in our house–there are three boys who live here, you know–but once someone is in the bathroom with the door closed, the conversation sort of stops.

In our bathroom we have a basket next to the toilet paper with extra TP rolls, wipes, magazines, and spray in it. For the three people in the house who are regularly using the toilet, this has been adequate, but we have never really discussed it.

We have always been a Cottonelle family, and when I heard about the new Cottonelle Care Routine, I was intrigued. The thought of using wipes to clean up however seemed…weird. For all of my potty-trained life I have used dry toilet paper alone to clean up back there and feel, well, DRY.

I do buy the wipes though because other people in my house use them and swear by them, and I should add when I got the new, sleek designed dispenser home everyone ooo-ed and ahhh-ed. Because booty wipes dispensers are big news around here.

What? We don’t get out much.

Anyway, all this wipe talk lead me to ask Cortney about about crumpling. It didn’t seem like it would be very effective to crumple the wipe before using it.

Are you a crumpler?

Are you a crumpler?

I’m a crumpler. And I am an immediate TP-taker. Sit down, grab some TP and crumple, do business, clean up with just TP. That has always ALWAYS been my routine.

I was  informed that folding is more efficient.

Are you a folder?

Are you a folder?

While I can’t bring myself to fold the TP, I did use the “flat surface” advice when I tried my first wipe.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sort of weirded out by using a wet wipe back there. But I used my crumpled TP first, then a wipe, and then finished with a bit more crumpled TP.

And you know what? It was clean feeling!

It always seemed logical to use a wet wipe with a baby to get it nice and clean, so I’m not sure why I didn’t apply this idea to my own back side sooner.  Clearly the males in my house knew something I did not.

So now I am a proud wipe-user.  And a proud TP crumpler.

What about you? Care to share your clean routine? Tell me about it here or, if you are super brave, join the conversation over on!

Cottonelle wants to get you talking about your bum and on a better way to clean “down there” by using the Cottonelle Clean Routine. By combining the use of Cottonelle Toilet Paper and Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths, the Cottonelle Clean Routine is a revolutionary way to keep your bum cleaner.

Are you ready? Don’t be shy! Visit to learn more about the Cottonelle Clean Routine and join the clean routine conversation.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cottonelle.
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  1. I’m a folder! And yes, why not a wet wipe for US when we use it on our baby’s bums?

    • I am actually all kinds of interested to see if people are folders or crumplers. Maybe I am in the minority…and all this time I thought I was doing it the way everyone else does!

  2. Kir Piccini says:

    I do grab as soon as I sit, but I go between crumpling and folding…if I’m in a hurry, I crumple , if not, I fold. And ever since the boys have been going on the potty , I stock all the bathrooms with flushable wipes and we all use them now. WOW, what a difference right?

    • Flushable wipes are one of the best inventions of all time. I say that even before I started using them myself. So great for the diaper to toilet transition with the little kids. I noticed that Cottonelle makes a little purse-size packet now too. I totes want that.

      • Kir Piccini says:

        You know I carry the wipes with us everywhere now. In fact we were just in NYC (go figure) and the Central park bathroom we were using didn’t have any TP. Now, the boys just needed to pee, but I needed to Wipe. I’m a girl.
        So I was so happy to have them in our bag, easy peasy. I even Instagrammed them. Saying, WOW, LUCKY to have these when NYC runs out of TP.

        Cottonelle rocks, and I love their TP.

  3. I read, on the back of the bathroom stall at our Science Center (so it must be true!) a sign that says research says the majority of men are folders and the majority of women are crumplers! I can bear that out in my house. But it surprised me anyway!

    • REALLY? Huh. See, I had never thought about it until our convo…and look at that…it’s on a stall door at a Science Center (and a DOCTOR is telling me about it). At least you are not telling me that the crumple method is unsanitary or bad for my bum or something 🙂

  4. jwilliams057 says:

    I’m a folder. And yeah, the wipes feel… weird. I’m too used to be dry. I’ve never thought of following up with more TP.

    • I didn’t either until my husband was like, “well you dry OFF with one more wipe of TP.” I was like OHHHHH!!!! Changed my life. Well, my bathroom life anyway.

  5. I’m a crumpler. But it’s kind of weird that my kids, whom I potty trained, are mostly folders. My husband, well….he just uses a lot of TP. Ha!

  6. I had no idea folding vs crumpling was a thing. I’m a crumpler. But my husband folds TP when he blows his nose, so maybe he does it that way for other stuff too. I never even thought about it! (Why does this fascinate me?) I shall have to ask him.

    As for wipes, I was wondering that a few weeks ago when I was changing the baby’s bum. Why don’t we use them as adults? I admit the idea weirded me out. It’s not weird? I believe you. 😉

    • Hey you know what…my husband folds his tissues too! And I totally don’t! Huh. Now I wonder if there is a correlation between folding/crumpling of TP and the tendency to fold/crumple tissues.

      And yeah, wipes are sort of weird the first couple times…and definitely if you don’t use TP after to dry it off. But now I almost always use a wipe.

  7. I’m a folder here. (: And I’m teaching Lucas to only use 3-4 squares. such a funny thing to have to review 800 times a day!

    • right now we do it for Eddie, but with a wipe (not a baby one, the flushable cottonelle one, actually). I crumple, of course, when I do it, but I am sure his dad folds 🙂

  8. My husband has long spoke of the benefits of the wet wipe. I may have to try it. This is probably the best sponsored post I’ve read. 😉

    • From what I am gathering, dudes have known of the awesome of the wipe for much longer than us ladies. Is it because they spend so MUCH TIME doing their biz and we are all just in and out? Hmmm.

  9. This post was hilarious to me in that it got me to seriously consider how I do things back there. I am a crumpler, and have used wipes in the past. But never on a regular basis. I may have to get some flushable wipes and see what the rest of my peeps think. Also, now I’m interested to see if they’re Team Fold or Team Wipe.

    • People have said to me, “wait…you’re doing a sponsored post on…what?” Yup. booty wiping. And someone on my facebook page is Team Wrap…ponder that one.

  10. I have to say I have been giggling my way through this post! You are hysterical!! I, too, am an immediate crumbler… I am in awe at your sense of adventure! 😉

  11. You crumplers have got me wondering if there is a better way! I have always been a folder, but I might have to conduct research on the matter!

  12. Can you be a folder AND a crumpler? I think I am one of those. Yeah… I know. Weird.

  13. I am a crumpler. always have been, LOL! and I agree on the wet wipes. ever since I had kids and my nether regions became more , um, delicate???

  14. I am a folder. But I’m also a refolder. Wiping is serious business for me. I have to be gentle because of, um issues. The moist wipes are my favorite but even though they’re “flushable” they really aren’t, not with any real consistency. So, I wipe with TP, then I use a moist wipe, then I’ll switch back to TP JUST TO BE SURE because there have been, um, OTHER ISSUES. I could totally be a wipeage case study.

    • Listen. If Cottonelle contacts me about my mad awesome post here, I am going to give them your name as a wipeage case study. You would be great for it. Just getting observed getting yer wipe on, yo.

  15. This is cracking me up. I’m a both. And all three – fold, crumple, wipe. Whatever gets the job done, and done well! However, the words, “did you wipe your bum?” are frequently heard around here.

    • I’m excited at how many people are willing to share! I was afraid I would post this and there would be crickets because all of the interwebs would be “Oh no. I am NOT talking about THAT!” And yes, we ask “wait…did you wipe?” a LOT here too.