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Facial Tissue Facts
Facial tissues are used in schools, churches, funeral parlors, doctor’s offices---just about anywhere that their use may be warranted. Most people refer to facial tissue as "Kleenex"; however, that word is actually a trademarked brand name for facial tissues manufactured by Kimberly-Clark.
Facial tissue in its earliest form had been used in Japan for hundreds of years before it was ever introduced to the West. Kimberly-Clark was instrumental in promoting the use of facial tissue through the manufacture of its "Kleenex®" brand.
Although facial tissues were originally intended for use by women to remove cold cream (which was commonly used to remove makeup, especially heavy stage makeup), the manufacturers soon learned that more and more people of both genders were instead using the product to blow their noses. When a survey revealed that this was indeed the main use for facial tissue, the manufacturer changed the focus of their promotion efforts from primarily cosmetic use to concentrate on the hygienic angle instead.
There are almost as many types of facial tissue as there are people who use it. Scented or unscented, one-, two- or three-ply, with lotion or without lotion, with aloe extract, even with menthol extract, which allows a person to both blow the nose and inhale menthol vapors at the same time. The vapors aid in thinning the mucus, making the nose-blowing more productive.
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Although the main function of facial tissue is its use for blowing the nose, facial tissue can be used in many different ways. When one finds oneself in a bathroom (public or otherwise) with no bathroom tissue, facial tissue can perform the same function as bathroom tissue.
Facial tissue can be flushed; however, it’s a good idea to either allow it to dissolve slightly first or to use one piece, then flush, and repeat the process to avoid causing a paper clog in a toilet.
Facial tissue can be used as a disposable washcloth, when slightly dampened with water (or, as practically every mother has done, saliva). It might shred rather quickly, but it will last long enough to serve its intended purpose.
Paper flowers can be made by putting several sheets of facial tissue together and wrapping and folding them until a flower shape is formed. Many a parade float has been decorated using facial tissue flowers.
The size of the average facial tissue depends on the dimensions of the box or package it comes in. For instance, facial tissue in square boxes will have an average size of 4.375 by 4.375 by 5.25 inches. Flat boxes of tissues are approximately 8.2 inches wide; their height depends upon the number of tissues in the box. There are also "pocket"-size packages.
At one time, some facial tissue manufacturers produced "man-size" facial tissues. These were about the size and dimensions of a large dinner napkin.
Facial tissues increase sanitation practices, as they are completely disposable. Their ease of disposal eliminates the necessity of having to keep a dirty handkerchief or cloth in one’s possession.
Using facial tissue decreases the amount of laundry. Handkerchiefs and cloths must be washed; paper facial tissue is simply thrown away.