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How many toilet rolls do the UK's biggest family really need? Our Coronavirus quarantine calculator tells you!

  • How many toilet rolls do people really need to buy during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Our quarantine calculator tells you how much you need of your essentials!
R Family
Sue & Noel Radford have 21 children, and Sue's pregnant with number 22
Millions of people across the United Kingdom and elsewhere are self-isolating as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and this has led to panic buying in supermarkets up and down the country.

But how much do shoppers actually need to buy at a time when they have been urged to be sensible and avoid stockpiling?

We’ve all seen the images of shoppers filling their trollies with toilet rolls, but who needs that much anyway? Our quarantine calculator will tell you exactly how much you and your family need for the days and weeks ahead.

The Radford Family

The UK's largest family are the Radford family. Noel and Sue Radford have 21 children at time of writing and Sue's pregnant with number 22. Working on the basis that every member of the family has been eating plenty of fibre and is making two daily visits, the Radford’s would go through seven toilet rolls each week.

With a large number of us braced for a few weeks inside our homes, that works out at roughly 28 toilet rolls per month, based on your average roll manufactured by your average brand.


Radford Loo
A family of 23 will require 13 loo rolls to last 14 days in Quarantine. Click on the picture to calculate what you need.


In other words, the UK’s largest family require less toilet roll in a month than you’ve seen some families panic-buying this week.

Pasta is another item which is flying off the shelves. We’ve seen some people buying pack after pack after pack of spaghetti, penne, or whatever other pasta they can get their hands on. But is it really needed?

Using our coronavirus quarantine calculator, we reckon if every member of the Radford family – Noel, Sue and their small army of children - were to eat a pasta meal, they’d require less than five packets of your average 500g bags, based on a generous 100g serving per person. That’s five packets for 23 people – not your average 2.4 children family!
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