Don’t Flush Those Wipes

Disposable wipes make everyday house cleaning a breeze. And of course they’re indispensable for baby bottoms! But please don’t flush them down the toilet– even if they are labeled “flushable.”

The label simply means they will go down your toilet when flushed. What you need to be concerned about is what happens next.

Unlike toilet paper, wipes do not disintegrate in water. They stay pretty much intact as they travel through the sewer pipes and can get caught on roots or other debris, increasing the likelihood of a clog..

So, throw away any cleaning/disinfecting wipes, moist towelettes, personal hygiene products, etc., in the trash, never in your toilet.  Clogged sewer lines are ugly and expensive to fix. Trashing disposable wipes is such an easy way to prevent trouble.

34 thoughts on “Don’t Flush Those Wipes

  1. This is a great article. As someone that owns a water restoration company I agree that improper disposal of wipes and other items can cause problems with the sewer, not just your own sewer lines but also with the city sewer system. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for posting this. As someone that owns a water restoration company I know first hand of the things people try flushing down the toilet that cause major sewer back up in their homes and their neighbors homes. A good rule of thumb is if it is not toilet paper then it doesn’t need to go down the drain. Of course people with their own septic systems know not to flush stuff down the toilet, but people on city sewers never seem to think about stuff like that.

    Kevin Pearson
    http://www.pearsoncarpetcare.com/PRODUCTSSERVICES/WATERRESTORATION.aspx

  3. It’s a simple common mistake which can cause an aweful lot to fix!
    As you state, most are labelled as “flushable” yet that doesn’t mean they are designed to flush well.

    I made the mistake of flushing a few bathroom cleaning wipes and after a few days my toilet was blocked and I had to call out a plumber which cost me a few hundred pounds 😦

  4. I had never thought of it like that, you are right wipes are super handy but didn’t think about the clogged sewerage, mine are going in the bin from now

    Thanks

    Jules

  5. I never flush anything down the toilet – even toilet paper even if it disintegrates. I throw them all in the trash bin. Disposable wipes should be disposed of in the trash.

  6. Now i know the difference. My co-worker told me about wipes. She told me to advice our costumers about bot yo flush the wipes on the toilet bowl. That’s what she talking about.

  7. Nice to see some environmentally friendly advice. Wipes are great for wiping around the toilet too, more hygienic than a cloth I think as you can throw them away afterwards (not down the toilet though!).I use re-usable cloths and sponges everywhere else…

  8. If you hate disposable wipes, I promise you`ll feel differently about these ones. These Bio-degradable wipes have a list of ingredients that is reassuringly short and as natural as possible. Plus, they smell heavenly.

    In short, I can`t recommend these wipes highly enough, especially as they are a very good price.

  9. This is completely true! Me and my wife learned this the hard way, we were flushing baby wipes all the time and it clogged our toilets really bad. We had to pay for a plumber and everything. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wow! It’s not actually as obvious as it should be! They really should state this on the packet, but I guess they want to market the goods to appear as convenient and environmentally friendly as possible :/

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