Are Flushable Wipes Safe to Flush?
More and more companies are including flushable wipes in their line of toilet paper and toiletry items. But are flushable wipes safe to flush? The best answer is, No.
While advertised as flushable, and in fact, they do go down the drain, they are causing a lot of plumbing problems. Regular toilet paper is made to disintegrate once it has gone into the sewer system.
Companies are going to call them flushable, and that part is true. You can flush them and they do disappear, but they are far from safe. They cause a lot of problems for your plumbing system.
Wet wipes are not. They are made of synthetic materials and contain anything from plastic to polyester and these do not break down quickly, if at all. They mix with other things in your pipes and cause clogs and worse, broken pipes.
With solid waste, cooking fat, whatever your toddler has flushed down your toilet, these, added to a large wad of wet wipes can end up costing you a lot of money.
Getting a plumber out to unclog your pipes is expensive and disruptive. It’s also gross. It’s just adding more difficulty to an already difficult job. These wipes also take a long time to break down in your septic tank.
Just getting your pipes unclogged can cost several thousand dollars. Don’t you owe it to yourself to find alternative ways to clean yourself?
Alternatives for Wipes
Wet wipes might make you feel cleaner, but they are wreaking havoc on your plumbing. Plus, they have other ingredients in them, like chemicals that you may not want to come in contact with your intimate areas. This can lead to any number of hygiene problems.
If you still feel the need to use them, throw them in the garbage after. However, they are not recyclable and will just end up in a landfill, clogging that up, as well. If you are looking for better ways to feel clean, there are several ways you can do that.
Go to your local department store and buy a few packages of cheap washcloths. Keep these in the washroom to use instead of wet wipes. You can wet them in the sink before you need them and then throw them in the laundry hamper. If you get them in a particular color, then you know which ones to use each time.
It can be any type of cloth, something you can throw in your washing machine. Tear up an old flannel nightgown or pair of pajamas to use. You can easily get the cloth wet under the tap before you need it.
You can keep a pile of these clothes, ready to use and then have a special bin to put them in, like you would with a reusable diaper bin. Then you will know which clothes are for toiletry use and wash them separately.
These can also be rinsed in a special bin or bucket while you are using them if needed. It is a far better solution to using several wet wipes per visit to the washroom.
Bidets come in many different styles. There are standalone bidets, toilet seat bidets, and toilets with built-in bidets. There are some with an extended hose attachment that you can use, as well.
If you are unfamiliar with bidets, they are not a toilet. They are the hot towel alternative for after you use the toilet. They save on toilet paper and are very popular around the world.
If you don’t have the space in your bathroom for a standalone bidet, consider getting attachments for your toilet. There are special toilet seats that have a hose attachment in them
You can also get a handheld hose, not unlike what you have in your kitchen. These can be attached to your plumbing very easily and they are less expensive than the other types.
Ask your plumber for advice when they come around to unclog your pipes because of all your wet wipes.
Seriously. What are you eating that requires you to need extra materials to get rid of it? We all have ‘those’ days, but drink plenty of water, get your fruits and vegetables in and be kinder to your body’s and your home’s plumbing.
Not Safe For Flushing
Companies are going to argue that these wipes are safe but they most certainly are not. Treat yourself to a better way and alternatives for cleaning yourself. The cost of those wipes is nothing compared to what you will need to pay your plumber to get them out of your pipes.
Only toilet paper and your bodily waste should go down your toilet. Anything else is asking for trouble and a hefty plumbing bill that could have been avoided. So if you are asking, Are Flushable Wipes Safe to Flush, the answer is a resounding no!
Hot Water & Soap
If you ever find yourself without a plunger, give this process a try:
- Remove as much water as you can from the toilet bowl
- Saturate the bowl with a fair amount of soap of any kind (ex. slivers from a bar of soap, shampoo, hand soap etc.)
- Let the sink or shower faucet run until the water is hot, and then proceed to pour enough hot water in the bowl to cover all the soap
- Leave the bowl undisturbed for 15 – 20 minutes
- Give it a flush and voila, it should unclog!
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