5 Items you Should Never Flush Down the Toilet

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We have all see those signs above public restroom toilets. You know, the ones that say “Please Don’t Flush Anything But Toilet Paper”. But do you pay attention? Your one paper towel is not going to harm anything. Maybe not, but think about your own home. How would you like someone flushing debris down your toilet, causing your pipes potential damage? You wouldn’t. Take a look at these common items that you may be flushing, but absolutely should not.

Paper Towels

This may be a tempting one because you think that they may be similar to toilet paper. But no, paper towels are designed to be super absorbent and they do not decompose like TP. They have potential to clog your pipes quickly, so they are not meant to go in the bowl.


Certain foods may be tempting to dispose of down the toilet, like expired milk, sauce, or grease. Think about what grease and fat do to arteries; they get clogged over time. The same thing happens to your pipes if you flush fat or grease. They will cool and harden, thus sticking to the walls of the pipes and making their opening smaller.

Disposable Wipes

These are even more misleading than paper towels because they are actually advertised as “flushable”. In fact they are anything but. The advertising claims that they are safe for sewers and septic tanks, but they are way too thick for flushing. Not to mention that the chemicals used in the wipes are likely to cause pollution to our water system.

Feminine Hygiene Products

Tampons and pads are probably the number one offender for a clogged toilet. It is understandable why ladies would like to flush these products, but don’t forget their intended purpose. Feminine hygiene products are designed not only to absorb but expand as well. The expansion of the products make them unsafe for passage through pipes and into the sewer. The same goes for cotton balls and swabs.


Everyone knows that the toilet is meant to dispose of human waste, but just because hair comes from your body does not mean it is flush safe. Hair will collect and create giant balls as it makes its way down the drain. And that causes, you guessed it. Clogs. Hairballs trap odors and will create large blockages in the plumbing.

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It is pretty much safe to say that the only things you are able to flush are toilet paper and waste. Anything else should just go into the trash. If you do have a house full of foolish flushers, just know that you can always call Cesspool Pros to help unclog your toilet!