Should you ban flushable wipes from your bathroom?

Since their appearance on the market, so-called flushable wipes have had the support of those who are attracted by their claim to a cleaner bum. But these moist toilette devils, much like baby wipes, have been subject to much ridicule regarding whether they are harming the sewer systems of America. While the wipes can break down in the sewer system they typically take longer than regular toilet paper. In the meantime, they can cause what is known as “ragging”. Ragging is what happens when the wipes get caught up with other things like sanitary pads, paper towels and other things that contribute to sewer blockages. Eventually, they turn into Fatbergs. Fatbergs are large lumps of fatty gunk in the sewer system which can set as hard as concrete, costing cities and utility companies much time and money to clear, often driving up our rates.

What else shouldn’t I flush?
Whether “flushable wipes” are the main culprit behind your clogged drains or just a contributor, keeping them out of your toilet can help you avoid costly repairs. It’s a smart idea to have a trash bin in the bathroom next to the toilet, making it easy to toss wipes and these other leading offenders:

  • Cotton swabs
  • Toilet roll tube
  • Dental floss
  • Hair
  • Cotton balls
  • Band-Aids
  • Condoms
  • Cigarette butts
  • Sanitary pads
  • Tampon applicators
  • Facial wipes
  • Paper Towels