Here at Silent Venus HQ we spoke to our experts and partners and discovered there are many things we don't flush down a toilet.
Here is our list of the worst 6 and a bonus:
Shock alert...This may be the most surprising item of all, as you’re probably used to cleaning with bleach. Bleach is actually way too harsh of a chemical for your toilet and septic system. Rather than focusing on cleaning stains with bleach, you may want to consider using vinegar instead
2. Q-Tips & Cotton Buds
Cotton balls, cotton pads, and Q-Tips are definitely not safe to flush, they don't break down the way toilet paper does, and all they really do is clump together in your pipes and cause problems down the line. Plus they are even worse for a macerating toilet!
3. Menstrual Products
Menstrual products (tampons, pads, etc.) should also never be flushed down the toilet. Why? These products are meant to absorb stuff, including water, not break down in it, meaning they'll only expand when you flush them — and that's definitely not good for your plumbing.
Just like menstrual products, diapers are designed to absorb water. They don’t break down in the water and can lead to costly damage to your pipes and system. Dispose of all diapers in a diaper pail.
5. Dental Floss
In addition to clogging your pipes, flushing dental floss can actually cause environmental damage. When the floss is flushed, floss basically turns into a net, catching and holding onto other debris — it can even wrap around parts of your septic system and burn out the motor. Macerators are especially prone to this...you have been warned.
6. Baby Wipes
This is important. Never flush baby wipes. They were not designed to be flushed and do not break down as toilet paper does.
They are frequently the cause of clogs in pipes and sewers and should always be thrown out in a wastebasket instead.
Plus we all know about not flushing baby crocodiles, you´ve heard the stories and seen the films. Just Don't!