What is the best way to find out which paper towel is the best?


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For a school project, i need to do an experiment to find out which paper towel is the best.
What sort of experiment can i do?
Please help me as soon as possible.
Thank you.

Best answer:

Answer by me
“Best” is relative. The inexpensive ones fall apart but are great for fast clean ups and have less lint. The pricey better ones last longer…but on average they get tossed before you really use them. Newspaper works better to clean windows and is less expensive then paper towels.


In the age of people going green if I were you I would use a comparative study on rags vs. paper towels. State that in your test you only used paper towels to clean up potentially bacteria and germ ridden messes. In this instance you wanted a paper towel that would not leave residue.

Use a test sample of ketchup to imitate a blood spill. Use another test sample of peanut butter to imitate a dog mess and cottage cheese to imitate vomit. Make test samples the same volume.

Get a bargain brand and Bounty and Scott’s. Use the same product to clean your test samples. I suggest full strength vinegar. Comment on residue and the number of sheets used to clean the test sample. The ability to hold what you were picking up. The quickness to get the spot clean.

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    “More expensive brands of paper towel are more absorbent.”
    •At least four brands of absorbent paper towel

    •A stopwatch

    •A beaker

    •A graduated cylinder

    •A funnel

    1.Fill the beaker up with exactly 200 ml of water

    2.Take a sheet of the first brand of towel.

    3.Fold and insert into the water. As you dip the towel into the water, start your stopwatch.

    4.After 20 seconds, remove the towel from the beaker and squeeze as much water as you can out of the towel in to the graduated cylinder using the funnel. Make a note of the volume extracted

    5.Repeat 5 times for each brand and note the results in your data table. You must make sure that each sheet is folded in exactly the same way for the experiment to be constant and correct.

    6.Write down the results for each brand in your notebook.

    Work out an average for each result and write down in a table.
    Plot all of your results onto a simple bar graph like the one below; you can do this on a computer or you can use graph paper and pencils.

    This will allow you to show which brand is the most absorbent and which is truly awful.
    Paper Towel Experiment: Marker Ink Chromatography

    This paper towel experiment shows the different components of water based marker inks using nothing more than a few readily available household items. This experiment will help your child to understand the complex nature of colour.

    Materials Needed: You will need the following:

    * set of water based markers
    * paper towel
    * scissors
    * a drinking glass
    * pencil
    * sticky tape


    Step 1: Cut a strip from the paper towel that is 3cm wide at the base and slightly longer than the drinking glass is tall.

    Step 2: Put spots of 4 or 5 different marker colours 1cm from the base of the paper strip. Write the names of the colours underneath them with the pencil.

    Step 3: Secure the paper strip to the pencil with sticky tape.

    Step 4: Place about half a centimetre of water in the bottom of the drinking glass.

    Step 5: Lay the pencil across the top of the glass so that the bottom of the paper strip is only just in the water. Make sure the ink spots are NOT submerged.

    Step 6: Wait and watch; this experiment is complete within ten minutes and the process is just as interesting as the end result.

    What is Happening?

    MOst marker inks are a mixture of two or more different pigments. Since each pigment is a different chemical, they each have different abilities to absorb in to the water as well as different abilities to stick to the paper and resist going into solution.

    This affects the speed with which they move up the paper strip, and so the different colours are separated. Darker colours usually contain more pigments which is why black and brown give such good results in this paper towel experiment.

    Future Knowledge:

    The concepts behind chromatography are important in senior high school Chemistry. Having a background knowledge of this simple experiment will make learning these advanced concepts far easier.

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