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Flushing faux pas

Flushing faux pas
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Your average toilet flush may handle a lot of natural waste – and toilet paper – but it isn’t designed to handle anything else. The best way to increase the longevity of your toilets and avoid annoying plumbing issues (plus lots of extra plunger time) is to keep all other waste and rubbish away from your toilets.

Tissues and paper towels

Tissues and paper towels
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While they may seem a little like toilet paper, they are not. The materials used to make tissues, paper towels and similar products do not dissolve easily and are far more likely to clog your toilet, as well as cause problems for your septic tank or at your water treatment facility.

You should also know the 12 things you should never clean with paper towel. 

Disinfecting wipes

Disinfecting wipes
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After you wipe down a surface with disinfecting wipes, avoid flushing it down the toilet. Even if it reads “flushable,” don’t do it.

Here are some common mistakes we all make with antibacterial wipes. 

Cat litter

Cat litter
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Even if your cat litter says that it is “flushable,” don’t flush it. All cat litter is bad for your toilet. It lingers in your pipes, refuses to dissolve easily and interacts poorly with your sewer system. If the temptation to use the toilet is too much for a family member in charge of cleaning litter, then put a box of disposable plastic bags or similar poop-scooping solutions by the litter box so that it’s less of an issue.

Find out the ways you could be making your cat anxious.

Disposable nappies

Disposable nappies
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Yes, disposable nappies tend to get covered in waste. Unfortunately, toilets were not made for any kind of disposable nappy: Trying to flush these diapers is an incredibly common cause of serious pipe clogs that need professional attention. Avoid this problem, and provide another option for dealing with nappies.

Tampons

Tampons
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While the toilet is frequently a handy option to get rid of tampons and other feminine hygiene products, it’s also a bad idea. Tampons can easily create clogs deep in pipes and should never be flushed.

Here are more bathroom mistakes you never knew you made. 

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Condoms

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Condoms are another case where convenience shouldn’t trump toilet care. Throw them in the bin instead of flushing: Both condom materials (typically latex) and associated lubricants are bad for your plumbing.

Anything made of cotton

Anything made of cotton
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This includes cotton swabs, cotton balls, cotton buds and any other associated product. Cotton is excellent at absorbing water, but it doesn’t break down easily. The combination is a dire one for your plumbing.

Any type of plastic

Any type of plastic
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It doesn’t matter if it’s packaging plastic or a Band-Aid, you can’t flush plastics down a toilet. Plastic doesn’t dissolve and can cause many problems in your pipes – if they get that far after a toilet flush.

These 45 facts will make you stop using plastic. 

Dental floss

Dental floss
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Yes, even small items like dental floss can cause trouble for your toilet. It’s stringy, doesn’t dissolve and can bundle around other objects to form larger clogs.

Discover 21 brilliant hacks for dental floss you’ll want to use all the time. 

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