17 things you should never flush down the toilet

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If you’ve ever had to make an emergency call to the plumber for an issue with your toilet, you know how expensive (and perhaps embarrassing) that repair can be.

According to HomeAdvisor.com, a visit from the plumber costs the average person $299.

Don’t flush this!

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You may be able to avoid ever having to make that service call by being more careful about the items you flush down the toilet.

Portland Environmental Services uploaded a video to YouTube that shows what happens when the wrong things enter the sewer system, like baby wipes.

Will it flush? The results are in

The Water Environment Federation put different items to the test and found that even “flushable” wipes don’t break down when flushed.

The results of the experiment also showed how things like facial tissue, dental floss, Q-tips and feminine hygiene products don’t belong in a toilet.

A simple solution is to keep a trash can in your bathroom instead!

Here are 17 things you shouldn’t flush:

  1. Disposable diapers
  2. Tampons and tampon applicators
  3. Sanitary napkins
  4. Medications
  5. Grease and cooking oils
  6. Cotton balls and swabs
  7. Mini or maxi pads
  8. Hair
  9. Dental floss
  10. Paper towels
  11. Condoms
  12. Cleaning wipes 
  13. Bandages and bandage wrappings
  14. Automotive fluids
  15. Facial tissue 
  16. Poisons and other hazardous waste
  17. Cigarette butts 

Bottom line: It really isn’t hard to avoid problems if you remember what the experts have been saying all along: Only flush human waste and toilet paper down the toilet.

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