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Can you flush kitchen roll down the toilet?
When it comes to flushing items down the toilet, some items are a big no-no! But how do you know what’s allowed and what isn’t? Read on to find out exactly what can be flushed, and how to dispose of items like kitchen roll that can’t.
So, what can you flush down the toilet?
Put simply: you should not flush household towel down the toilet. The same applies to other unflushable items like wipes, cotton wool pads, nappies and sanitary products. In fact, if it isn’t toilet roll then don’t flush it!
This is because toilet roll is specially designed to break down in your pipes. Other items that don’t belong in your loo can contribute to the creation of fatbergs, which in turn may cause drainage and flooding issues for a large neighbourhood area, affecting thousands of people.
Flushing household towel might cause a toilet blockage that results in your home being flooded with raw sewage – something that is definitely best to avoid! To make sure you never have to go through the stress and inconvenience of a blockage, make sure you’re only throwing toilet roll down the toilet, and nothing else!
Make sure that everyone in your home is aware of the dangers of flushing unflushables by talking about the impact. When in doubt, think before you flush.
Do not flush:
- Kitchen paper
- Facial tissues
- All wipes (facial, baby, & cleaning)
- Cotton wool balls or pads
- Sanitary products (tampons, towels)
What’s the best way to unblock a toilet?
If the above items accidentally end up down your toilet and it becomes blocked, there are ways that you solve the issue. Try using a plunger to create a vacuum and enough pressure to dislodge whatever is blocking your pipe. If you don’t have a plunger, unwind a wire coat hanger and wiggle it down into your toilet to gently push the blockage away. If you’re still having difficulty, call a plumber to get professional advice.
How to dispose of kitchen roll
1. Compost your kitchen roll
Did you know that Plenty kitchen paper is biodegradable? If it’s been used to clean up water or food waste then it can be safely home-composted in around 50 days. You can learn more about what you can turn into compost with our article on what is biodegradable and non-biodegradable.
2. Throw it in the bin
Plenty kitchen paper that has been in contact with cleaning agents should be disposed in a covered bin. You may want to provide a handy bin in your bathroom so you can easily dispose of items in a safe way.
Now that you know what you can and can’t flush down the toilet and how to dispose of household towel in a safe and easy way, you never need to worry about blocked pipes again!