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12 Items to Avoid Flushing Down Your Toilet



Your toilet might seem like a convenient disposal for various items, but it's important to know that not everything should go down the drain. Flushing certain everyday items can lead to plumbing issues, causing blockages, clogs, and even environmental problems. Here are 12 items that you should avoid flushing down your toilet to ensure the smooth operation of your plumbing system and to protect the environment.


  1. "Flushable" Wipes

Despite their labeling, "flushable" wipes don't disintegrate easily and can cause drain blockages. Dispose of them in a lined trash can to prevent plumbing woes.

  1. Paper Towels and Tissues

Paper towels and tissues aren’t designed to dissolve like toilet paper. Avoid flushing these items as they can lead to clogs in your pipes. Dispose of them in the trash instead.

  1. Too Much Toilet Paper

Using excessive amounts of toilet paper can lead to blockages in your plumbing. Use only what's necessary to prevent potential clogs.

  1. Cotton Balls, Rounds, or Swabs

Cotton products don’t break down in water and can accumulate, leading to pipe blockages. Dispose of them in the trash to prevent plumbing issues.

  1. Feminine Products

Tampons and pads are not meant to be flushed. They can swell and cause blockages in your plumbing. Dispose of them in the trash for a trouble-free drainage system.

  1. Dental Floss

Dental floss doesn't break down and can create blockages in pipes. Always dispose of it in the trash to avoid plumbing complications.

  1. Hair

Hair accumulates in pipes and causes clogs. Use drain covers to prevent hair from going down the drain and dispose of it in the trash.

  1. Bandages

Non-biodegradable bandages can adhere to other items, leading to clogs. Dispose of them properly in the garbage can.

  1. Medications and Hazardous Materials

Never flush medications or hazardous household materials. Safely dispose of unused medications at drug take-back sites and handle hazardous waste according to local guidelines.

  1. Cigarette Butts

Cigarettes contain harmful chemicals and should not be flushed. Dispose of them safely in the trash after extinguishing.

  1. Fats, Oils, or Grease

Avoid pouring fats, oils, and grease down the drain. They can solidify and create blockages. Allow them to cool and dispose of them in the trash after use.

  1. Kitty Litter

Cat litter and waste should not be flushed. Dispose of it in a sealed bag and place it in the garbage.


Remember, your toilet is not a substitute for a garbage can. Protect your plumbing and the environment by disposing of these items in the trash rather than flushing them down the toilet. Taking these simple precautions can save you from plumbing headaches and contribute to a healthier plumbing system and environment for everyone.


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