What Should I Not Flush Down A Toilet?


If you’re thinking of stockpiling what toilet paper you have, it’s important to know what can and can’t be flushed down a toilet. Toilet paper is made to dissolve therefore should really be the only item we flushed. Why? Any item that does not dissolve can eventually cause a toilet to block. A blocked toilet is not only an inconvenience, but blockages in our wastewater system can be extremely difficult to repair and if these blockages aren’t cleared in treatment plants, they can end up in our waterways.  

Wondering what should not be flushed down a toilet? Read on to learn a few items including:

  • Serviettes
  • Paper Towel
  • Baby Wipes
  • Flushable Wipes


As serviettes are normally made from paper, it’s assumed they would break down the same way toilet paper does. Right? Wrong! Serviettes flushed down a toilet will not fully dissolve, resulting in clumps of serviettes sticking together and gathering in pipes. The result, a blocked toilet.

Paper Towel

Paper towel and toilet paper are both made of paper, so why should paper towel not be flushed? Paper towel isn’t made to dissolve quickly and easily in water like toilet paper is. You will notice paper towel is thicker and made to absorb water without breaking down.

Baby Wipes

Baby wipes

It is not only serviettes and paper towels that are assumed to be flushable, baby wipes are another common culprit. An occasional baby wipe or two flushed down a toilet is unlikely to cause a toilet to block. However, as baby wipes continue to be flushed, they continue to build up in pipes, eventually causing a blockage.

Flushable Wipes

When you think of what can cause a toilet to block, the first object to come to mind wouldn’t be a product labelled ‘flushable’. The past few years has seen a rise in the number of pipes being blocked and plumbing issues caused by wipes being flushed down toilets. The best way to dispose of wipes is in the bin. Yes! Even if they are labelled ‘flushable’

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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 Dunsborough/Busselton are your local experts.

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