Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet


Plumbers are no strangers to finding weird things that clog the pipes. When you flush the wrong things down the toilet, they don’t just disappear. These items accumulate in household pipes, pumps, septic tanks and sewer lines, which can lead to potentially costly repairs. Not only that, they also cause havoc to the sewers, beaches and marine life.

Here are 5 items you should never flush down the toilet.


You grab hair from the shower drain and throw it in the toilet. It’s probably routine, but it can cause massive blockages in your pipes.

A few strands of hair may not seem much, but it can build up and turn into a giant ball that can cause blockage before you know it. Next time you clean the bathroom, just throw them away in the trash.


So you’re probably thinking that medications are too small that they won’t clog the drains. While there is truth to that, that’s actually not the issue here.

Flushing medicines down the toilet can contaminate our water supply. Think of how much water you’re wasting just to get rid of those pills.

Cigarette butts

Not only do they look nasty floating on your toilet bowl, cigarette butts also contain lots of toxic chemicals that could contaminate the water. Add to that, cigarette filters are non-biodegradable, and may cause severe blockages.


Wipes don’t break down as easily as toilet paper, even if they say it’s flushable. Most of them may take months to break down. With its size, it can quickly make a small problem big.


They may seem small, but they don’t break down in water. They can also be extremely damaging to your septic tanks and septic systems.

Leaving used condoms out in the trash may seem unappealing, but they’re not supposed to be flushed down the toilet. You can just wrap them in toilet paper and throw them in the trash.




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