Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet
Few events can throw you into complete panic like an over-flowing toilet. No matter how cool, calm, and collected you might be normally, the sight of water rising inch by inch can cause you to become frozen with fear. And while every homeowner goes through this experience sooner or later, you can easily cut down on the frequency by keeping the following items out of your toilet.
Wipes – Regardless of what they advertise on the package, wipes and towelettes should never be flushed down the toilet. That’s because they don’t disintegrate in water, and that means there’s always the potential for a clog.
Feminine Hygiene Products – Ever notice the signs in public restrooms warning you against flushing these items? That’s because tampons and pads are designed to expand and hold fluids. As such, they don’t dissolve. Properly dispose of them by wrapping in toilet paper and throwing in the garbage.
Paper Towels – Paper towels are designed to stand up to spills, which means they don’t break down with water as does toilet paper.
Condoms – Help keep sewer lines clear by properly disposing of prophylactics. Wrap them in toilet paper and toss them in the trash instead of the toilet.
Disposable Diapers – Even a tiny newborn size diaper should never go down the toilet. To properly dispose of a diaper, dump solid waste in the toilet, then roll up the diaper and secure it with its adhesive strips before throwing it in the trash.
Cotton Swabs – Whether cardboard or plastic, cotton swabs can get stuck in drain pipe bends and catch anything else that gets flushed, resulting in a clog.
Kitty Litter – When Mr. Whiskers does his business, scoop hard chunks into a disposable plastic bag, tie, and throw it in the trash.
Dryer Sheets – Dryer sheets don’t dissolve in water, either, so don’t toss them in the toilet. Plus, the synthetic chemicals in dryer sheets can seep into the water system.
Hair – When removing those clumps of hair from your brush, toss them in the waste basket, not the toilet.
Floss – Those little strands of floss can wrap around other flushed items and quickly turn into a clog. When you’re done with your twice daily flossing, toss the floss in the trash.
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