Got used to Izal toilet tissue (sulphite toilet tissue) at school and acquired the habit but never understood why it was medicated. Our households favourite until discontinued, it's just so much stronger than soft tissue and doesn't cause irritation and blocked toilets like some of the thicker soft tissues and wet wipes.
Manufacturers and retailers (Wake up, you!) have wilfully neglected an iconic product by failing to improve it, marketing it poorly, packaging it poorly, not advertising and ignoring their customers. Does anyone know where to bulk-buy a similar toilet tissue?
I never understood the point of this waxy, waterproof, funny smelling stuff that looked more like tracing paper than toilet roll, and when it comes to using the stuff, you're better off using the toilet brush parked down the side of the throne to clean one's self post evacuation. Why would anyone want to have this awful stuff in their home? Or place of work? Or force a child to use it in a school?
The idea of cleaning one's posterior is for hygiene, but Izal could not clean in the same way as even the worst, cheap, recycled, industrial grade toilet roll, it's more of a "spreader" than a cleaner, the average bum-fodder is porous and thus catches the unwanted effluent as you go. But using waterproof Izal, well, how can I describe it cleanly? I suppose you could say it's like icing a cake, you just spread the mess around while trying to scrape the excess off, and for the ladies, well forget drying yourself, as it will never absorb anything!
So, Izal Medicated toilet paper, one of the worst inventions ever, and to the person who pokes holes in regular "soft" stuff, stop pressing so hard, you'll puncture your O-Ring doing that!!!
Does anyone apart from my mother in law actually use this stuff anymore? It comes on either a roll, which I have found in Tesco for 68 for 336 sheets or you can still buy it in the little green and white box with individual pieces which you just pull out one by one.
It is made by Jeyes and is as old as the hills. I can remember it in our toilets when I was in Junior School and for that reason alon I ussed to wait until I got back home before I opened my bowels, because the though of wiping myself with this scratchy harsh paper used to make my eyes water.
It is strong and medicated in my opinion, and has a little First Aid kind of white cross on the front of the cardboard box. Each tissue in the box is 16 x 11cm and one side is matt and the other side is shiny.
As I say, for god knows what reason, my mother in law still insists this is the best paper on the market. It is not absorbent at all and you'd never want to wipe your nose on it.
Our little lad uses it to trace on when he visits his gran so I suppose it does have its other uses. It is not a nice paper to use and not soft or comfortable on your bottom at all. It is harsh and unpleasant and it is also quite difficult to actually flush the stuff down the toilet afterwards.
All in all a terrible product which in my personal opinion shouldn't be allowed.
Review also on Ciao as sorehead
Izal is a great commodity, coupled with a comb, for musical people who might not be able to readily afford a kazoo.Izal is also a cheap tracing paper alternative - used frequently by primary school aged children - and can be handy for jotting down notes, when scrap paper is nowhere to be found.
I use Izal as my toilet paper of choice. Why can't I find it in the shops near me (I'm in Hastings, East Sussex - which I don't feel is a backwater. In fact the locals don't have much money so why should they be forced to spend fortunes on Andrex etc?)
I cannot believe that Izal toilet paper is still on sale. It invokes memories of outside loos at school with a similar product having 'Council Property Now Wash Your Hands Please' printed on it. On a cold day; facing the prospect of having to go out to the toilet was bad enough; but wiping one's nether regions with the equivalent of cheap writing paper was too much of an ask. Hard loo roll has absolutely no functional use whatsoever. To inflict it on the most delicate area of one's body is the preserve of the masochist.
It's obvious that most users (deliberate or circumstantial) simply haven't sussed out how to use Izal, or one of its copiers, effectively.If you take a triple sheet and scrunch it up then flatten it out again, you will find its ability to do a clean job is much enhanced, as the crap gets lodged in the rougher surface.Three or four applications like this will have your botty clean as new pin and smelling like a Victorian laundry, ready to face the world with a smile.
I have used Izal all my life and would never from choice use any other. One of the main advantages is its strength. So many brands have little strength if the paper is even slightly wet, with the result that one's fingers penetrate the sheet and become contaminated with faeces. This fact combined with less than perfect hand-washing may well be the cause of some outbreaks of food poisoning. The lavatories in our home have two toilet roll holders to cater for visitors for whom Izal is not their first choice.
At the beginning of the 1890`s a germicidal disinfectant had been made using the by products from coke furnaces, gases, tars and oils. In 1893 this was patented as Izal.
The product became available in liquid, powder, soap, cream and ointment form. This famous disinfectant was said to help combat cholera, chicken pox, whooping cough and typhoid fever. It also claimed to cure malaria, worms, perspiring feet and baldness!
Izal was eventually added to toilet paper and was a best selling product for years.
Izal is priced at £1.49 a roll, or a flat packet of tissue type paper also retails at £1.49. Izal is produced from a renewable source and is still the choice of toilet paper for some households today.
The Carbolic Soap Company are an online shop that sell toiletries of years gone by and they sell Izal, but mainly for novelty purposes nowadays.
If I close my eyes and use my imagination I can `smell` that unmistakable aroma!
Izal is a coarse paper, non absorbent and hard on the skin.
After having been spoilt by the soft toilet tissues on the market it is difficult to ever think of using the Izal type toilet papers ever again.
Izal tissue has a medicated smell whereas toilet tissue today is often perfumed. It has a hard hostile and cold feeling to it, today we enjoy 3 ply and soft quilted tissue. Izal just wasn't absorbent but today's tissue is super absorbent. Izal reminds me of tracing paper and it was widely used in school toilets too.
My Grandmother used newspaper cut up neatly into squares and threaded onto a piece of string in her `little room`, Izal is just maybe one move ahead of that!
Given that Izal promised to protect against many major illnesses and cure some other ailments it was hardly surprising that the Izal paper became such a favourite with housewives!
As much as it was considered to be a very good product in its day, it certainly wont ever find its way into my shopping trolley, im afraid that I fully intend to stick with the supersoft quilted tissue.
If that dear little Andrex puppy ran around with a mouthful of Izal he would think twice about ever touching the toilet roll again!
Izal toilet paper must have been invented by somebody who was severely constipated and had a grudge against people who weren't. Why else would someone invent a slippy, water repellent toilet paper?
Obviously someone must use it because it is still on sale sixty odd years after it was invented, there can't be that many people in the world too mean to fork out for tracing paper!
I remember reading years ago, about a chap who was worried about the possibility that Izal would be withdrawn from sale. He calculated how many squares he used a week, multiplied that by 52, took a guess at how many more years he would live, did the maths, and bought a lifetimes supply! Now that really does shed new light on the phrase "Being a bit anally retentive."
It is made from recycled paper. I'm not even going to go there!
Because of it's water repellent qualities it doesn't always flush down the loo properly. (I kid you not!)
So what we are talking about really is a non absorbent square of paper, that doesn't clean you properly and doesn't always flush away! You can always console yourself with the fact that the bits it leaves behind (on your behind!) have been medicated! Nice!
I went to Buckingham Palace once to receive an award. (Name dropper? Me?) I was amused and impressed to see that the Royal 'Thrones' were supplied with two toilet roll holders, one for normal useful loo paper and one for Izal! Who said the Queen doesn't have a sense of humour?
My Nana always used this, we used to surreptitiously take our own paper if we went to visit. I seem to recall that her Izal was in a little box and came out a sheet at a time. All I can say about that method of dispensing the stuff, was that it was designed for very small botties, particularly as it came out of the box pre folded! It said 'Izal' in pale green writing on every square. For a few months it also said "Property of Liverpool Docks and Harbour Board." but we won't go into that! (Probably something to do with my Grandad being a crane driver!)
My Nana thought Izal was a step up from squares of the Sun newspaper stuck on a nail. (She had a point!)
Anyway, a few facts and figures.
A roll of Izal Medicated Strong Toilet Tissue. (Tissue?) costs between 80p and £1.00.
It is manufactured and distributed by Jeyes. (I hope the 'medicated' bit is not Jeyes Fluid!)
Because it is made of recycled paper and sustainable wood pulp it breaks down easily and is environmentally friendly. (Unless the environment happens to be your bum!)
I can't understand why anybody would voluntarily use this toilet paper. It is uncomfortable to use, doesn't do what it is designed for properly, doesn't leave you feeling clean, it is scratchy, and it is expensive per roll. Apart from that it is okay!
Oh My GOD!!
Just for a lark I decided to put this into the search engine and see what came up. I am unsure whether you can still seriously buy this stuff, but there is a nostalgia website out there on the interwebby selling this!
now I really don't want to talk about my toilet habits, but this is for the benefit of the younger generation.
Back in the day!!!
There will be a generation reading this and remembering this stuff fondly. there will be another generation reading this, remembering how they used to encounter this horrid stuff when visiting a grannie or a great-aunt. there will also be a generation reading this who don't have a clue what Izal was.
Well back in the day, when you were Never Alone with a Strand, people used to wipe their bum with this stuff!
Now what is so bad about wiping your bum with toilet paper?
Well this stuff has angles!
Imagine wiping the bot with greaseproof paper that magically presents to your third eye the folds and points that an origamist would be proud of. It felt like you were wiping with glass!
Now it would be easy to think that with all those 'jaggy bits; at least the paper would be able to get a grip on the clingons as Mr Spock has probably tried.
But hell no!
This stuff is slippier than teflon. I would really love to go into detail here, and for those with toilet humour you would have a great laugh, but it would disgust you.
It never worked.
I cannot ever understand why this stuff was ever, ever made.
Kids, ask yer Grandpoppy about this!
Happy memories. My Ar*e!
"When I was a lad.....", - the phrase so often used to describe the misfortunate experiences of their woe-filled 1920s and 30s youthful existence. My Grandparents had to put up with carbolic soap, doodlebugs and Rickets.
Was Izal invented to give us 1970s kids something to reflect on in these years gone by as something similarly evil and painful?
I don't pretend it was just my generation but the recollection of the brand name itself is enough to send shudders through any 30-something's............. you know what!
Firstly nobody ever explained to us young schoolchildren which side of the paper to grip. We therefore literally took the rough with the smooth.
It may have been medicated but it would need to be - as it had the potential to slash your intimate bits to ribbons.
It may be ecologically sound in terms of its biodegradability but there is a flip side - it didn't work and therefore to effect a useful experience you'd need to use roughly half a tree's worth of paper to get the job finished.
Was it invented by perverts?
Most disturbingly it's still available.
One thing's for sure. If I visit someone's home and they have a lavvie stocked full of Izal - I'll hold fire on my personal biological exit requirements and be tempted to call Social Services.
It was however useful to old men who wanted to fold a sheet over a comb and play some kind of gazoo like musical tones.
If your kids show you discourtesy or complain about what a difficult lot in life they have - walk them to the supermarket - point out the Izal - and tell them if they don't stop their moaning the Andrex will be replaced.
Do you remember being at school and that horrible thin, scratchy non-absorbent paper that smeared everything around rather than soaking it up, and scratched your delicate bits to pieces? Well, now you know its name Izal medicated toilet tissue. If you dont remember these days, you are indeed fortunate!
On paper, (pun very much intended) this offers a useful thing up to the discerning wiper of rear ends and front bottoms. It's medicated to kill bacteria, therefore making your bottom a much more hygienic place ,although I wouldnt try eating your dinner off it! Thats not a place you want your head to get stuck!
Less than attractive in its dull green packaging with a big paler green cross on it, this toilet paper is medicated (I should hope so, if only to clean the wounds its caused on my delicate little poo ring.
I tried to smell it (before use obviously) to see if I could detect any of the stuff they used to medicate it. It has no fragrance except a slight mustiness. It comes in only one colour, so if it doesnt match your tasteful bathroom decor, well that's just tough. The colour it comes in is semi opaque beige, and it reminds me of tracing paper (and can in fact be used as tracing paper. I had to use the rest of it up somehow, as after a few wipes it was clear this belonged nowhere near my bottom, much less the more delicate parts of my female anatomy) It has a shiny side and a matt side.
Izal have two versions of this awful, torturous, painful bottom wipe available to the masochistic consumer- a continuous roll, and a tidy little box, that fits conveniently into those beribboned satin pink tissue box covers you feel compelled to buy from your childrens school fetes.
In my experience, this paper is rubbish. There's no way you can blow your nose on it without ending up with a vicious paper cut, and the snot just does not absorb, it just gets smeared around your face.
Without going overboard with the detail, its performance at the lower end of my anatomy was abysmal! In fact any drips have a tendency to skate across the surface, thereby ensuring a sure-fire deposit of said drips onto the hand. Not my image of hygienic. Still, I take comfort from the fact that the medicated coating may have killed off the bacteria en route, but would rather not put too much faith in it.
On using it for solids, again it did not absorb but smeared, leaving me with a nasty, itchy unclean feeling that only abated after I wiped again with my beloved Andrex (I'm sure the aloe Vera added to the Andrex will have some healing effect on my bottom, which again was torn to shreds by this awful paper.) My brother claims this is because I was using the shiny side, when I should have used the matt side. I only want to wipe my bottom!! Why do I need lessons in how to do it with Izal? Looking on the packet there is nothing about which side you should use, so can only assume my brother is talking out of his @rse, as is his wont. I would suggest you use this paper as a murder weapon, as it removes layers of skin with ruthless efficiency (although would be useless for cleaning up the blood afterwards!)
I can understand (but not forgive) schools for using it when I was younger, as I would imagine that it works out cheaply, as the splintered glass texture would discourage children from using too much. Nowadays schools have it easier, with their soft Kimberly Clark tissues in the white dispenser, but those of us who experienced this at school have small scars that will never disappear. I personally would rather wipe my bum on the carpet the way dogs do, than ever use this paper again!
Some of the ingredients contained within Izal toilet paper are: aqua, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, aloe barbadensis, Polysorbate 20, Myrtrimonium Bromide, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium Phosphate, Parfum, Laurtrimonium B romide, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride.
Which all sounds a bit much really, its only for wiping arses after all, not curing the plague!
The only slightly redeeming things I can think of about this toilet paper is that my mum's just showed me how to make a kazoo out of a sheet of Izal and a comb, and the fact that it could be used as tracing paper by impoverished artists. It starts from 50p a roll, and is available in most major supermarkets, so someone must like it, but unfortunately not me.
Thanks for reading, happy craps!
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IZAL toilet paper has been a MUST for me for nuch of my life. I am 84.
But now I use it as a BACKING for one or more layers of soft tissue.
The short term damp resistantce and strength of Izal are very important.
In order to overcome dampness, those who use only soft tissue have to use many layers.
WHY DO YOU NOT PRODUCE A MADE-UP ROLL OF ONE LAYER OF IZAL WITH TWO LAYERS OF SOFT TISSUE ROLLED TOGETHER WITH CONFORMING PERFORATIONS?
I offer you this as a chance to produce a Market Leader in toilet tissue.
Submitted by Ralph Blow email email@example.com
Best paper in the world provided you know how to use it. Rather than dabbing and mopping with it as you would with conventional "nancy boy" soft paper you mneed to do a bit of origami and form it into a small shovel and scoop away at your bum untill it is sparkley clean and because of the medicated magic of Izal totaly free of all known germs.