Fun fact: The typical dental floss pack is labelled as flushable even though this is just a marketing gimmick. Again, “biodegradable” wet wipes don’t disintegrate as soon as they’re flushed down the drain. Even if you haven’t watched Cecil Kramer’s Flushed Away, it’s pretty obvious that you shouldn’t flush certain things. How many of us are guilty of flushing used condoms? If you really want to keep the plumber away, don’t flush these things.
Used baby wipes go into the trash can. Even though they’re marketed as drainage safe, they’re the biggest culprits behind clogged lavatories. Use a wastebasket instead. In fact, even “flushable” wipes take up to 3 days before fully disintegrating. Unlike toilet paper, they’re made of stringer fabrics that trigger blockages in most cases.
From a blog post published by Comfort Fox, these wiping aids are designed to be reusable. They have a release button ensuring that you do not touch soiled toilet paper (even with gloves). The last place they should be is next to the toilet hole
Honestly speaking, it’s obvious that they expand when immersed in water. In fact, the common used diapers are too large to be flushed away and will require decent effort before they clog your drainage. If a new mom accidentally flushes one, then it will expand into the drainages causing plumbing problems. Get diaper pails instead and use them accordingly!
Medications and pills should not be disposed by flushing them. They may contain chemicals that are toxic to the environment. The same goes for cigarette butts. They’re loaded with nicotine and it may be harmful to the beneficial bacteria in your septic. You might think that they’re too small to cause clogs but don’t you agree that you’re better off throwing them into the trash can? Don’t you believe that flushing cigarette butts is a waste of water?
For heaven’s sake your former pet deserves a proper send off. Sadly, most pet owners don’t know how to take care of their pets. In fact, deceased fish are usually disposed off carelessly into waterways (or worse) down the drain. From burying them in your yard to carefully disposing them, there are better ways of bidding them goodbye. You may not believe it but a few mindless pet owners even flush their pets alive. These unfortunate gold fish find themselves in waterways where they’re at a risk of destroying the eco system. Consider donating them to a shelter home or giving them to friends if you’re tired of your healthy fish. They deserve dignity too!
These hygiene product manufacturers wish they could create bio-degradable tampons. Ask around whether tampons are flushable and a fierce debate will evolve. Honestly speaking, flushing them is the easiest way of disposing used tampons but it will do more harm than good to your drainage system. Don’t believe me? Look around in public bathrooms and you’ll see that they install bins for disposing these feminine hygiene products safely.