Items You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet

Many people unknowingly flush items down the toilet that should not be flushed, which can cause a toilet clog and require toilet drain cleaning. This article enlightens readers on the toilet objects you should never dispose of in your toilet.

Flushable Wipes

No, it’s not just a myth. Flushing wipes down your toilet is a bad idea! Flushable wipes may seem like a good idea for your convenience, but toilet paper is the only cleansing item you should be flushing down your toilet. Many homeowners must call a plumber or drain cleaner because their toilet is blocked due to flushable wipes that they thought would break down in water like toilet paper does.

Baby Wipes

Same as flushable wipes, baby wipes won’t break down properly in your pipes and will cause stubborn clogs. These wipes absorb water and debris making them a real issue with normal drain operation.

Feminine Products

Contrary to popular belief, any kind of feminine product–yes, ladies, even tampons–shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet. These products are designed to absorb liquid and will continue to do so in your pipes until they swell and lead to blocked pipes, back up, and overflow. Feminine products should be placed in the trash.

Food Items

Your toilet isn’t a compost center. Don’t use it like one. Any kind of food should not be flushed down your toilet. Food won’t make it out of your toilet trap like toilet paper does. It will sit at the bottom and decompose, leaving you a clogged toilet.

Fats and Grease

Fatty oils and grease from cooking are also a huge no-no for drains. They may seem safe since they start out as liquids, but these oils will solidify in your toilet trap and cause a clog.

Hair and Dental Floss

If you have long hair, chances are it’s going to wind up in the toilet at some point. When this happens, even if there aren’t any other toilet clogs already present, you won’t be able to flush toilet paper down without causing an obstruction somewhere else in the line. That’s because toilet paper can sometimes get caught on loops of hair and kind of just hang out there.

Dental floss has a composition like hair and will cause the same issues as hair in your pipes and drains.

Medications or Chemicals

Your household may be contributing to water pollution if you are flushing cleaning products, medications, and other hazardous materials down the toilet. Dispose of these items the right way and keep water sources pure.

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