Never Flush These Things Down Your Toilet… Ever

The general expression that comes to mind about anything that is not of use is that it should be flushed down the drain. This is why it comes as no surprise that there have been a lot of Bizarre stories about some of the interesting things that have been cleared out of toilets. From cell phones and credit cards to children’s toys and wedding rings, the list is endless.

In as much as it can be tempting to flush nearly everything down, some of these things do not only pose a lot of risk to the septic tank and wastewater treatment centers, but they also pollute the environment.  It is as a result of these reasons that we have come up with a list of things that should never be flushed down the toilet.

Feminine products and baby wipes

Baby wipes, Tampons, sanitary pads, and other feminine hygiene products do not disintegrate in water as quickly as toilet tissue does. Irrespective of what is written on the product; “flushable or not”, they should be disposed of in the wastebasket instead. These products can easily lodge themselves in sewer pipes and clog the toilet.

Cooking grease

As much as possible, you should avoid pouring grease into any form of the drain. Most people assume that; since it is a liquid, it can easily just be poured down a drain, but the truth is that; when grease cools, it will congeal and clog up your pipes.


Just like menstrual products, diapers expand in water. Diapers even in the real sense are supposed to be too big to get down the drain.

Cigarette butts

Cigarette butts are meant to be disposed of in the trash and not in the toilet. They have the ability to clog the toilet and cause all sorts of trouble with the septic tank, especially the plastic tipped smokes.

Dental floss

Dental floss is usually made of Teflon or nylon. When this is flushed down the toilet, it mixes with wet wipes, paper towels, hair and other items, creating huge balls that will clog pumps and sewers.

Contact lens

About 125 million people use contact lenses on a daily basis. As a result of this, billions of daily contacts go down the drain every year. What most people fail to realize is that these lenses contribute to the production of micro-plastics, one of the major environmental concerns in today’s world.

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