How to Use a Tissue

Two Methods:Choosing the Right TissueUsing Tissue

Tissues are used to remove snot and mucus from your nose. You should choose a tissue based on your needs and then practice proper use. Continue below to learn how.

Method 1
Choosing the Right Tissue

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    Evaluate your needs. The tissue type you choose depends on your current needs. Spend some time considering why you need tissues.
    • If you have a cold, more heavy-duty tissue types may be necessary. You also may want to consider softer tissues or tissues that use aloe vera or lotion. This can prevent chafing from blowing your nose too often.
    • If you're just using tissue for day-to-day allergies and occasional nose blowing, you can probably opt for a cheaper brand that is less soft and does not have any special lotions or creams.
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    Review tissue types. There are many different types and brands of facial tissues. Spend some time evaluating tissue types before making a decision.
    • Consumer Reports runs tests reviewing the effectiveness of various types of tissues. Keep an eye out for such reports when making your decision. This can help you choose the most durable tissue available.[1]
    • Keep in mind your use of tissues can affect how effective they are. If you have rough skin, for example, you might want to opt for a 2-ply or 3-ply product to prevent tearing.[2]
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    Watch out for sales. If you're simply looking for tissues for day-to-day use, you might just want to buy tissue at sales prices. Keep your eyes peeled at the supermarket. You can also look for coupons in your local newspaper. If tissues are being sold in bulk prices, like 10 boxes for $10, it might be a good idea to stock up so they'll last you awhile.

Method 2
Using Tissue

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    Use the tissue properly. Once you've selected your tissue type, you can begin to use your tissue. Using a tissue is fairly simple.
    • If you have a particularly harsh cold, consider folding the tissue in half or using two tissues to blow your nose. This can protect your hands from getting contaminated with mucus as the tissue is less likely to break.
    • If you use the tissue to dab your nose, do so gently. When dabbing up mucus, use light dotting motions instead of rubbing, which causes friction and irritation.
    • You can use a single tissue more than once. However, most tissue cannot not be used more than 2 to 3 times before they need replacing. If a tissue becomes damp, throw it out and reach for a new one.
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    Know the proper times to use a tissue. Understand when you should use a tissue. Tissues can be used to help clear up snot and mucus and also to prevent the spread of colds.
    • If you have a cold or flu, you can dramatically reduce the risk of it spreading through proper tissue use. Exposure to airborne germs is the number one cause of colds. In fact, 58% of people who work from home do not catch colds over the winter months. If you have a cold, use a tissue each time you sneeze and cough in public to fully cover your nose and mouth.[3]
    • At home, blow your nose as often as you see fit. Germs and bacteria that cause colds are expelled from the body through snot and mucus.[4]
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    Carry extras on hand when you have a cold. You can buy travel sized containers of tissue at your local supermarket. Keep these in your purse or pocket so you always have a tissue on hand in public.
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    Wash your hands frequently when sick. If you have a cold, or if there's a cold going around your school or office, wash your hands frequently. This can help prevent the spread of germs.
    • Scrub your hands for 20 seconds with antibacterial soap. To keep track of time, you can hum the "Happy Birthday" song to yourself twice. Rinse your hands thoroughly in lukewarm, clear running water.[5]
    • Wash your hands before touching your nose, eyes, or mouth. If you wear contacts, always wash your hands before handling or removing them.[6]
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    Know when to see a doctor. The common cold does not usually warrant medical attention. However, if your symptoms persist for more than a couple of weeks and if you develop a high fever, blurred vision, nausea, or other symptoms make an appointment with your doctor.[7]


  • Fold the tissue in half before you blow so you don't get snot or mucus on your hands.


  • Never use the same tissue with which you blew your nose to wipe a tear from your eye. That will only spread germs.

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Categories: Nasal and Sinus Care