Don't Flush These Items Down Your Toilet

One of the most common causes of a clogged toilet is flushing the wrong items. While this essential plumbing feature in your home seems to be rather powerful, there is always a chance that something will get stuck in the trap, causing it to back up. If you’re contemplating disposing of anything besides toilet paper and “the obvious,” then here are some items that you should always discard of in a trash can.

Flushable Wipes

Believe it or not, most items that claim to be flushable don’t exactly live up to their name. Flushable wipes are known to be a bit sturdier than toilet paper — they will have a harder time breaking down in your toilet, no matter how long you’ve let them sit and soak up water.


When you open up a brand new bottle of mouthwash or rubbing alcohol, there’s usually a small plastic safety seal that you’ll have to get rid of. While it might seem harmless to flush it down the nearby toilet, it’s a way to cause more harm than good. Just like flushable wipes, any bit of debris will be challenging to break down and pass through your plumbing.


Parents, this one's for you: never flush diapers down the toilet! Known to absorb water, a diaper will expand in your toilet. This, of course, will create an unpleasant plumbing nightmare that no homeowner will ever want to have on their hands!

Paper Towels

When cleaning the bathroom, what do you typically use to wipe down surfaces? Like most homeowners, there’s a chance that you’re using a paper towel. And while it’s perfectly fine to use these helpful paper products, it’s not okay to flush them down your toilet. Unlike toilet paper, a paper towel is tightly woven and will not break down in the same manner.

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