Non-Flushable Items: Things You Should Never Flush Down The Toilet

With more people at home and with shortages of toilet paper, people are flushing things down the toilet they shouldn't more than ever. Many of these things are having ripple effects which is affecting home plumbing systems and cities sewer systems. 

Not only can it cost you a pretty penny if you have to call a plumber to get your plumbing system fixed, especially with most plumbing businesses very busy right now, but it can can also cost tax payers a lot of money when sewers become clogged up and need to be fixed.

Here is a list of things you should never flush down the toilet unless you want a plumber to eventually pay you a visit. 

  • Flushable wipes
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Diapers
  • Tampons/Sanitary Pads
  • Baby Wipes
  • Cotton Swabs/Balls
  • Cigarette Butts
  • Teeth Floss
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Scrub Pads
  • Household Cleaners
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Medication/Vitamins
  • Cooking Grease
  • Tissues
  • Hair
  • Condoms
  • Cat litter
  • Makeup Remover Wipes
  • Toilet Roll Tube
  • Plasters
  • Contact Lenses
  • Gum
  • Bleach
  • Band-Aids
  • Paint

Here is an interesting video on what happens after you flush the toilet for a viewpoint on why flushing some of these things is a bad idea:

About the author 

Ryan Thompson is a residential and commercial plumber from Miami, Florida. He has over 20+ years of plumbing experience. He is also a huge DIY enthusiast who does all types of improvement projects around the house.

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