If you have ever suffered from a cold or a bout of allergies, there’s a good chance you picked up a box of Kleenex to help tide you over through the sniffles.
After all, tissues are much-needed accessories, whether you have a spring flu or just a bad bout of sinus stuffiness!
Still, even the most devoted Kleenex fan has probably never noticed the one sneaky secret hidden inside ever single container.
When you have a box of tissues sitting on the shelf for a long time, does it sometimes seem like they’re starting to go yellow?
If you’ve ever noticed this color change, there’s a good chance you chalked it up to the tissues inside aging.
It makes sense: paper changes color when it ages, so why shouldn’t tissues?
However, you might be surprised to know that the color change has nothing to do with the paper getting older, and everything to do with a clever and subtle design trick hidden inside every box of Kleenex.
Ordinary Kleenex tissues are a plain shade of white. Most people never notice the unobtrusive color.
After all, hue doesn’t matter too much when you just need to sneeze or blow your nose!
As the box ages, however, people start to notice a strange change.
People have posted on various forums online, explaining that they noticed that their tissues appeared to become more yellow.
Some people assumed that the white tissue was yellowing with age, like an old book might.
It’s true that paper yellows with age. It oxidizes slowly, and light and exposure eventually change a once-white page into a little bit more brownish.
However, a pack of tissues that’s been sitting on your bedside table for a few months is not old enough to start yellowing with age.
There’s actually a much more surprising explanation.
The Kleenex company deliberately changes the colors of the tissues.
You might think that the tissues are changing over time, but actually, the tissues are changing color as you run out.
All the tissues are white until you get to the last few in the box. That’s when the peachy-yellow color emerges.
Why on earth would Kleenex make the last few tissues in the box a different color?
It’s to alert you that you’re running out!
If you have a bad cold, the last thing you want is an empty cardboard box where your tissues used to be.
Thanks to the peach tissues at the bottom, you always know exactly how long you have until the box runs out.
Kleenex has actually patented the nifty design trick. You can even find a note about it on the bottom of the box!
Once you get to the peach tissues, it means you have 20 left until the box is all out.
It’s a thoughtful way to make sure you stock up before your nose decides to run for the hills!
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