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Is it ok to flush baby wipes or wet wipes down the toilet?

This article explains why you should never flush fabrics or any kind into the toilet, including disposable wipes, wet wipes, baby wipes, sanitary napkins, nor dryer sheets.

We include recommended methods for disposing of these products.

This article series includes a list of chemicals, objects, and trash items that it would be should NEVER be flushed down a toilet Cat litter, dryer sheets, disposable diapers, drugs, coffee grounds, & lots of other stuff should not go into the septic tank nor down a drain into a public sewer.



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Disposable Wet Wipes are Not Recommended for Flushing Into Toilets

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a really cute and newest grandson whose mother knows to never ever flush a diaper down the toilet.

Watch out: Do not flush "disposable" wet wipes, baby wipes, clothes dryer sheets, sanitary napkins, nor any cloth or fabric waste into toilets anywhere, regardless of whether the toilet is connected to public sewer or private septic system.

The problem that flushing causes is expensive clogged drains or sewer or piping systems. These products also clog and damage sewer ejector pumps, and can damage or clog many grinder pumps.

Reporting for The New York Times in 2015, Matt Flegenheimer reported that authorities from New York City's sewer system explain that most wet wipes do not decompose or break down in sewer systems and that they are causing costly clogs of the system.

While many disposable wipes are advertised as "flushable" that may be true only that it is physically possible to flush the wipe down the drain. That does not mean that most disposable wipes won't cause trouble in the sewer system or septic system.

The Times article reported that the flushable property of disposable wipes or "wet wipes" as advertised is

"... a characterization contested by wastewater officials and plaintiffs bringing class-action lawsuits against wipes manufacturers for upending their plumbing." - Flegenheimer (2015).

Wet wipe / disposable wipe solutions:

We do not recommend flushing disposable wipes down toilets regardless of whether they are used in care of a baby or used for by adults for personal hygiene.

We recommend using a few squares of dampened toilet tissue instead. This latter approach can be a bit messier but, then, you're supposed to be washing your hands after using the toilet anyway, right?

Alternatively, follow hygiene practices used in many countries outside the U.S. and Canada: dispose of wipes (and toilet paper) in a sanitary trash container kept in the bathroom and maintained for that purpose.

That bagged waste is typically disposed of as garbage and won't enter the plumbing system.

Product that Prevents Flushing Disposable Wipes or "Wet Wipes" Down Toilets

Re-posting an interesting product idea that prevents flushing of "disposable" wipes, baby wipes, sanitary products, cloths down the toilet. This comment, with our expansion to provide more information, was posted originally at TOILET REPAIR GUIDE - home

On 2017-03-24 bmac2014 said:

Stop Wipes And Non-Flushables From Clogging Pipes with The Traptex® Plumbing Protection System.

Excerpting from the company's website: sageproducts.com

The Traptex Guard features small, laser-cut hooks to catch cloths and wipes before they pass into the pipe, while allowing solid waste and toilet paper through. When wipes are caught, they can be safely removed ... [ by a product sold by the company or by other means for those who don't enjoy fishing in the toilet - Ed.]

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