We’ve all been told there are certain items that we just shouldn’t flush down the toilet, but even the smallest, seemingly inconsequential items can clog and contaminate. There are probably more than a few things we’ve flushed without realizing the impact on our pipes and the waterways around us.
Here are a few things to avoid flushing to help prevent the need for toilet repairs, keep your pipes clog-free, and our waterways safe:
Facial Tissues, Paper Towels, & Wipes
While tissues, paper towels, and wipes are similar to toilet paper, they aren’t quite the same. Most facial tissues are treated with chemical binders to help them stay intact, and even “flushable” wipes aren’t as soft and degradable as toilet paper and may contain may contain rayon or viscose, which accumulate in the oceans and bodies of water around us. Your best bet with products like tissues, paper towels, and wipes is to throw them in the trash. Bidets are also an increasingly popular alternative to flushable wipes.