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What Not to Flush Down the Toilet

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Certain Objects Should Never Be Flushed Down the Toilet

Believe it or not, there are particular objects that you should never attempt to discard down your “throne.” From paper towels to cotton swabs, the list goes on of “forbidden” items that should always be tossed into a nearby garbage can.

Keeping that in mind, here are some other popular items that one should never attempt to flush down their commode:

Items to Toss, Not Flush


Whether it’s a wrapper from a bottle of mouthwash or a used plastic flosser pick, keep all plastic-based items away from your toilet. Regardless of their size, plastic can get trapped within your plumbing system and will not break down — letting it linger around much longer than you’d suspect.

Cat Litter

If you’re the owner of a cat, you’ll know that there is one task that goes without saying: cleaning out your “fur baby’s” litter box. And while there are some forms of cat litter on the market that claim to be flushable, the fact of the matter is, they’re not.

Cat litter can cause a clog within your plumbing pipes — but feline feces, in general, aren’t safe to flush because they can contain toxoplasmosis, which can be extremely harmful to marine life. So, when in doubt, throw your cat’s litter and “business” out in a garbage can.

“Flushable” Wipes

One of the most common objects flushed down toilets daily are “flushable” wipes. While they do bear a name that states they’re safe to discard down your “throne,” these sanitary wipes aren’t safe.

As it turns out, they have a tough time breaking down — which ultimately results in a blockage that no toilet plunger can break through. Therefore, it’s safer to toss them into a nearby trash receptacle.

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