There are a lot of everyday items that you are not expected to flush. You should know that your toilet is one of the most commonly used things at home. When you flush different items unconsciously, you are increasing the chances of your toilet to need repairs in the long run. You need to know what not to flush down the toilet.
1. Dental Floss and Your Own Hair
Some people think that it is okay that they flush their own hair down the toilet especially after they have shaved but remember that hair is not made to degrade after some time. Hair will look like hair even years after they have been flushed down the drain. This is the same with dental floss. They can get tangled up in your pipes and cause clogs in your system. You already know how problematic that is going to be.
2. Baby Wipes and Paper Towels
There are a lot of baby wipes and paper towels that are being advertised as “flushable” but do not be fooled. These things should never be flushed on your toilet otherwise, the wipes and the paper towels will just pile up and they will cause clogging in the long run. It can also be problematic for the water-treatment facility where the water will directly go to.
3. Food and Chewing Gum
Gum will never disintegrate once it gets exposed to water. It may harden or it will stick to the other items in the toilet. When you are done chewing gum, simply wrap it in its wrapper and throw it in the trash can instead of flushing it down your toilet. This will cause problems in the long run. If you have food that you want to throw away, do not dispose of them in your toilet. Food that has gotten bad can be properly disposed of in the trash and not through your toilet. You do not want to end up calling a plumber just to fix your toilet, right?
You will see a lot of cigarette butts floating on the toilet when you go to a bar and you find the need to pee or to vomit but it does not mean that you have to emulate that too. What you can do instead is make sure that you will throw the trash properly in the right place. Use an ashtray in order to get all the ashes and properly dispose of in the trash.
5. Pets, Fish, and Snakes
How many times have we seen on television that pets are usually flushed down the toilet when they die? This is very common for fish, turtles, snakes, and so much more. Remember that all animals whether they are dead or alive will not disintegrate when you place them in water. Flushing pets down the toilet when they are dead can contaminate your water system. When they die, give them a proper burial because honestly, this is what they deserve.
There are some people who think that they will be protecting other people more if they would just flush down medicines that are not needed or are already expired down the toilet but the truth is, flushing medicine can be risky. There is a big chance that medicines will have some components that can contaminate the water and will harm you more in the long run. If you want to properly dispose of medications, take a look at the programs that are offered locally. It will give you an idea where you can properly throw your medications.
7. Grease and Oil
It is always a bad idea to try throwing away your cooking oil or any type of grease down your toilet bowl. Oil and water just do not mix together. The oil may look liquid when you flush it but expect that it is going to turn into wax that will cause clogging in the long run.
8. Cotton, Bandages, Napkins, and Tampons
You may consider these items as personal items that you would like to dispose at the soonest possible time. It is true that they seem to be harmless in the beginning but if you would do it often, expect that it is going to build-up and cause clogging in the long run. A lot of the items are made of non-biodegradable materials that will not disintegrate when placed in water even for long periods of time.
9. Kitty Litter
Flushing down your cats’ poo and pee may seem like a good idea but remember that the kitty litter itself is made of clay which will not disintegrate when flushed down your toilet. At the same time, your cat’s poo and pee are composed of parasites and bacteria that may contaminate your water in the long run.
It is always best if you become more responsible for the things that you can and cannot dispose on your toilet. Your toilet works hard and it is meant to stay clean for a long time. Do not cause clogs by throwing unwanted items on your toilet bowl.