You probably don’t think about how you use your toilet paper. Just use it to wipe and move on like what you have been doing for all your life. But toilet papers are not exactly what you think they are – especially when it comes to safety.

This is because that trusty paper in your bathroom is not as harmless as it seems. You should learn about the secrets surrounding your toilet paper, so you will know what to buy and use next time.

#1: Recycled Toilet Paper

If you’re thinking you’re helping the environment by using recycled toilet paper, you’re right. But is it safe for you? It is environment-friendly, but it may not always be the best choice for your behind mainly because it has this problem called bisphenol-A or BPA. This chemical is dangerous as it is an endocrine disruptor and can cause hormonal imbalance.

Here’s the good news though: you absorb far less of the chemical than when you use plastic containers. Still, toilet paper and other paper products account for 2% of BPA exposure in our daily lives. It is a small amount though and many experts think recycled toilet papers are still a good option.

#2: Toilet Paper with Lotion

There’s no evidence about how dangerous fragrant toilet papers are. However, even though they are infused with vitamin E and aloe vera, these toilet papers may include mineral oil that contains petroleum as well as paraffin. Additionally, there are some complaints from consumers that the paper cause skin irritation and burning after they use it.

#3: Tough Toilet Papers

According to a 2010 study, there is a possibility that the reason why chronic irritation that occurs in the vulva is due to toilet papers. This is because it was discovered that these paper products actually have formaldehyde, especially those that are labeled ultra-strong. This should worry you, not because it can cause skin irritation, but formaldehyde is a known cause for cancer.

Toilet Paper Wasted#4: Secret Codes

Some toilet papers don’t explain the materials used. Instead they present the consumers with acronyms and hard-to-read names. Usually, you will see something like PCF in the label, which actually means processed chlorine-free. This means there’s no bleach used, but this could mean chlorine is used in the paper fibers. Another acronym is ECF, which stands for elemental chlorine-free. ECF is more dangerous and even the EPA banned the use of this in production back in 2001.

According to health experts, you should avoid white toilet papers as the process to turn the product white is toxic. Look for varieties that don’t have bleach or use a bidet instead.