Food scraps, toilet paper… It would be so much easier if everything could end up on the floor of the toilet and flushing could make all that waste disappear down the drain as quickly as possible! But if you throw your food and other waste down the toilet, you could be in for some unpleasant surprises. Find out why you should never indulge in such a practice. After that, you can thank us!

Why not flush something down the toilet?

Have you ever seen those signs in public restrooms forbidding you to flush certain items down the toilet? Yeah, well, it’s not free! Flushing certain items down the toilet can be harmful to your drains and the environment. A bit like taking your sink for a trash can or food waste disposal. But who hasn’t been tempted to do that? Getting rid of certain items or waste in the toilet, however, can cost you a lot of plumbing. Dear readers, in this article we explain why you should avoid such practices!

Do not flush toilet paper rolls down the toilet

Toilet paper rolls belong in the trash, not in the toilet! Even if you buy toilet paper rolls that are labeled biodegradable, avoid throwing them in your toilet bowl too, even though it’s very tempting! They can, in some cases, pollute water through decomposition and interfere with the proper functioning of sewage treatment plants.

Do not flush oil, food scraps or soup down the toilet

Did you fry something and don’t know what to do with the oil in your fryer? You think throwing it down the toilet is a bad idea! This harmless gesture could be terrible! Even if it is liquid, grease or broth must be disposed of somewhere other than the toilet. When in contact with water, grease solidifies and clogs your pipes.  Heck, calling a plumber can get expensive! Here’s a tip: Before washing dishes, remember to remove grease from silverware before flushing with paper.

Do not flush tampons or sanitary napkins down the toilet

Just like intimate wipes or condoms, tampons or pads must not be flushed down the toilet. No hygienic protection has a place at the bottom of your toilet bowl. Not only can they clog your pipes, but they can also pollute sewage treatment plants. This can pose a real danger to marine life. Once at the bottom of the oceans, they could ingest them.  Therefore, they must end up in your household garbage to avoid an ecological disaster.

Do not flush cat litter down the toilet

Cat litter has no place in the toilet bowl! Regardless of whether it is presented by manufacturers as biodegradable or not, it must be disposed of elsewhere. It contains a substance that can clog the pipes and filter screens at the entrance to sewage treatment plants.

Why shouldn’t hair be flushed down the toilet?

Are you used to throwing your hair down your toilet in large quantities? Well, quickly change this bad habit because it could be clogging your drains. Hair thrown into the toilet clogs the filter grids and damages the septic tank, especially the pump motor and the septic systems. Therefore, they have no place in the toilet, just like dental floss or cotton swabs.

What can be flushed down the toilet?

It is not complicated; the list is reduced! The toilets can only accommodate your natural needs, urine and stool and toilet paper. Other waste must be disposed of in the garbage can, following the sorting instructions, to avoid contamination of groundwater, which could pose a risk to animals.

How can you salvage something that has fallen down the toilet?

To retrieve something that has accidentally fallen into your toilet, you can use your hands, a ferret, or another object like a long metal rod. As the Water Information Center reminds us, sewer systems find a lot of waste when they treat wastewater. Drugs or drug residues flushed down the toilet damage the entire ecosystem by becoming a hazard to animals and microorganisms that live in water bodies. So, for the sake of you and the planet, remember to separate your waste properly.