Non-Flushable Items

Prevent Backups by Keeping Non-Flushable Items out of the Toilet

When toilets are misused as trashcans, unfortunate consequences can occur including backups in your plumbing or problems at your local reclamation facility. To prevent these problems from occurring, avoid flushing items such as baby wipes and diapers, rags and towels, cotton swabs, candy and food wrappers, clothing labels, sponges, toys, plastic items, aquarium gravel, kitty litter, latex gloves, cigarette butts, sanitary napkins, hair, or “disposable” toilet brushes.

In addition, whatever ends up in your toilet can potentially have an impact on the water environment in your community, so it is critical to keep household wastes such as chemicals and pharmaceutical products out of your toilet. Visit to find local disposal sites.