What Not to Flush Down the Toilet

Although throwing things in the toilet and flushing them down may sound like a good way to dispose of something, toilets are designed to flush down toilet paper and that is about it. It is very common to come across a pipe blockage or a main back up from the wrong thing getting flushed down the toilet. Here is a list of a few common items that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet.


Paper towels

Although similar to toilet paper, paper towels are a much stronger material and aren’t designed to break up like toilet paper does. Paper towels can bunch up and easily cause a toilet to back up. Throw them paper towels in the trash after they are used up.

Feminine Products

Items like tampons can plumbing issues. They wont break up like toilet paper does. This can pile up in the pipes and cause a blockage. Pads and Tampons are made to absorb moisture and not break up. Don’t make the mistake, throw them away.


All hair clogs showers, sinks, and even toilets. Being is one of the most common causes of plumbing back ups. Even hair accumulated from just taking showers can clog your shower drain over time. When cleaning your brushes or combs just dispose if the hair in the trash and save the hassle of a plumbing call.

Disposable wipes

Even though they are “disposable” they are not flushable. Disposable wipes are often assumed to be flushable because of the name. These wipes cause more issues then paper towels do. Even when the wipes say “flushable” it is not recommended to flush them down the toilet. Just throw them away rather than flushing so there aren’t any issues.


These are just a few of the things that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet. By only flushing toilet paper the chances of a back up is greatly reduced. In conclusion, this can save you money and headaches in the future.


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