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The Top Things You Shouldn’t Flush Down the Toilet

things you should not flush down the toilet
man is not happy about having to use a plunger to unclog the toilet.

Sometimes, it’s tempting to flush things other than toilet paper down the toilet. However, this can cause major backups and might mean you have to call in an emergency plumber for toilet repair. Avoid this problem by not putting any of the following items down the toilet!

Wipes of Any Type

Baby wipes, cosmetic wipes, any type of wet wipes…your plumbing isn’t made to handle them. They don’t disintegrate like toilet paper and they get stuck a lot more easily. They also clump together over time to form clogs you don’t even want to think about. 

Paper Towels

It’s paper, right? Wrong! Paper towels (and napkins, for that matter) are more robust than toilet paper and so they don’t get as small to fit through your pipes. Bag them up and throw them away if you have to, but don’t put them down the toilet!

Feminine Hygiene Products

Pads and tampons can actually expand when they get wet, which makes flushing them a total no-go. Wrap them or bag them and put them in the trash can instead!

Q-Tips and Cotton Balls

These don’t break down at all, so they’re great if you want to have something clump together in your pipes to create massive clogs. Once again, put them in the trash where they belong or don’t use them at all. In fact, we don’t really care what you do with them as long as they don’t go into your toilet!


Medication down the toilet doesn’t just contaminate wastewater, but eventually, the medicine can end up in the water you drink, too. While putting these in the trash isn’t always the best option, either, it’s better than putting them down the toilet!


Hair might be organic but that doesn’t mean that it’s not going to cause clogs. Since hair actually doesn’t break very easily, it can form massive clogs. When it combines with things like grease or dental floss, it makes for massive problems that are costly to remove.

Weatherford Drain Cleaning Pros

Don’t create a plumbing problem for yourself and make sure to dispose of these items in the proper ways. If you find yourself with a clogged toilet or drain issue in the Weatherford, TX area, call us at Lightfoot Mechanical for emergency drain cleaning anytime!

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