How Much Toilet Paper Do You Really Need? There’s a Calculator for That

(Sharon Mollerus / Flickr)(Sharon Mollerus / Flickr)

It’s only been a week since Chicagoans seriously began practicing social distancing, and just a few days since Gov. J.B. Pritzker told most of us to stay home, meaning folks likely haven’t yet made a dent in their panic-purchased toilet paper war chest.

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How long will it hold out? 

Thanks to a couple of Brits, there’s a way to calculate that.

Software developer Ben Sassoon and artist Sam Harris created howmuchtoiletpaper.com to help people crunch the numbers on their TP stash. Just plug in data like rolls on hand, size of household and trips to the bathroom per day, and the calculator determines how long your supply will last.

This reporter is good for 50 days, and that’s without any hoarding. Most people, according to Sassoon and Harris, have 500% more toilet paper than needed for a two-week quarantine. 

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