It’s probably just routine… you blow your nose and toss the tissue in the toilet. You grab hair from the shower drain and drop it in the loo. Tampons, q-tips, dental floss, cotton balls, cigarette butts… they’ve all taken the dip.

But I bet you won’t flush them again after watching what happens in the simulated toilet swirl in the above video!

Turns out, the only things we’re supposed to flush is human waste and toilet paper. That’s it. No facial tissues, no tampons, no “flushable” diapers or wipes, no “flushable” kitty litter — none of it.

Don’t flush it down the toilet

What happens if you do flush a non-flushable? It turns out these items can accumulate in household pipes, septic tanks, pumps and city sewer lines, leading to expensive repairs over time.

The materials used for flushable products continue to improve over time and some flushables have already been made to dissolve in the toilet more easily.

Don't flush that down the toilet

Aliaksei Lasevich

But don’t trust the label. Swirl the product around in a bucket of water to test its ability to break down. If it dissolves in a few seconds like toilet paper, you’re safe. Otherwise, don’t flush it.

Most flushable products are biodegradable and can be composted. If your city does not have a compost program or does not accept household items, then discard the flushables with the regular household trash.

Good To Know

Flushable products are made with mostly natural, biodegradable materials. So even if you can’t actually flush them, they are often a better purchasing choice for the environment than their non-flushable equivalents.

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