What Not to Flush Down the Toilet

Plumbing Problem with a Toilet

The toilet seems a logical place to dispose of many items. I mean out of sight, out of mind right? Unfortunately No! Toilets all over the South West are becoming blocked and you will be surprised at the culprits with even items labeled as ‘flushable’ causing issues. 

A blocked toilet is not only an inconvenience, but can quickly become a smelly and unpleasant experience if it begins to overflow with sewerage. When it comes to what shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, there is a long list, but here are just a few items not to flush:  

  • Food
  • Baby Wipes
  • Cotton Tips and Cotton Pads
  • Medication


People are often surprised when they hear food is not recommended to be flushed down the toilet. For many people there theory is that food is bio-degradable, so will eventually break down. However, food that hasn’t been digested can cause plumbing problems. It’s not only food that shouldn’t be flushed, cooking fats and oils are also a big no.  As fats and oils cool, they solidify which can cause a serious blockage in pipes.  

Baby Wipes

Baby wipes are often branded ‘flushable’ as it’s assumed they will dissolve and break up however plumbers disagree. One or two wipes flushed down the toilet is not normally an issue, but as multiple wipes are flushed, they being to build up with the end result being a nasty blockage. 

Cotton Tips and Cotton Pads

cotton tips and cotton padsCotton tips and cotton pads are other common culprits of a blocked toilet. I mean they are cotton so will dissolve easily right? Wrong! They don’t break down the same way toilet paper does resulting in them clumping together in pipes causing plumbing issues.


The toilet seems an obvious place to safely dispose of expired medication; however toilet water is unable to break down medicines properly. The result being medication getting into water and causing environment effects too.

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If you have a blocked toilet at your home or business and need it inspected and repaired, Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas Busselton and Dunsborough are your local experts.

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