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Five Things to Avoid Flushing Down the Toilet

For some reason, toilets are often seen as a black hole—if there is something you want to get rid of, just flush it. However, this is not the case. Certain items can be flushed away, and other items belong in the garbage. Here are five things you should avoid flushing down the toilet.

Personal Cleaning Wipes

The new trend in hygiene is personal cleaning wipes that claim to be flushable, but they’re not. These wipes can wreak havoc on your plumbing as well as your city’s plumbing.

Feminine Hygiene Products

Tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products don’t break down when flushed, which can lead to serious clogs and plumbing problems.


Medication can contaminate ground water and poison wildlife. If you are not sure how to dispose of old medication, contact your local police department for help.

Baby Products

Diapers, wipes, and cotton balls are all often used to help keep babies clean, but none of these should ever be flushed down the toilet.

Food Items

Used coffee grounds, eggshells, fats, oils and grease should all be tossed in your garbage bin and not flushed away. These food items won’t break down and can instead cause massive plumbing issues.
To learn more about how to protect your plumbing and what you should avoid flushing down the toilet, call Hansen Plumbing at 920-757-6863.