Most of the rivers in Malaysia are polluted by human waste and surprise surprise, most of the pollution is contributed by the things that we’re flushing away in our toilets.
You might be taken aback by the seemingly harmless, everyday household items which you shouldn’t be flushing down the toilet in the first place. Being one of the most frequently used space in our home, unconscious flushing can lead to necessary repairs.
So, aside from our pee and poo, we’ll go over what are the items NOT to flush down your toilet:
1. Wipes and paper towels
Don’t be fooled by em’ labels. “Flushable” sanitary wipes do not disintegrate in water as quickly as toilet paper. This can lead to clogged sewer pipes or a clogged toilet. Items that go down your toilet should be water-soluble. In other words, the item needs to be able to dissolve in water. Otherwise, simply toss them into the bin.
2. Dental floss & hair
Yes, hair. Tiny strands like floss, thread, and hair seem like things that would flow through the pipes seamlessly with the rest of the waste. However, neither dental floss nor hair are biodegradable, so they can get tangled up and hung onto anything inside our sewage system, creating large clogs. So, the safest way is still to clear them up and toss them into your trashcan.
3. Cotton and Bandages
Cotton swabs, cotton balls, and band-aids are items that we need to think twice before flushing them down the toilet. Unassuming, tiny cotton balls may seem harmless but it has been known to cause unnecessary build ups in our sewage system which ultimately creating a blockage. Band-aids is another item that is made from non-biodegradable plastic. This is both terrible for the environment as well as your sewage system. Throw it in your trashcan, it’s that easy.
4. Chewing Gum (Or any other types of food)
Gum will never dissolve in water and it’s pretty adhesive, so it’ll clung onto anything that’s inside our piping and sewage system. Once you’re done freshen up them breath with gums, simply wrap your gum in paper and toss it in the trash. This is also applicable for any leftover food . Find the nearest trash can and dispose of it properly.
Along with gum and food, you should never dispose of cooking fats down your toilet drain or garbage disposal. While they may look harmless, grease and oil will turn into wax once they’ve cool down which subsequently a stubborn clogging agent.
These belongs in your trash/ashtray, period. The filters and plastic-tipped butts can get stuck in your septic tank very easily—not to mention contaminate the water with carcinogens and other toxins. (Take care of yourself, stop smoking because smoking kills).
7. Dead, small pets
If you have small pets of your own like fish and it has run its course of life, it’s common for us to dispose them off by flushing them down the toilet. That’s actually a wrong way to do it. Animals, dead or alive, will never decompose and disintegrate in water. Smaller animals run a great chance of clogging your sewage system. Give them a proper burial in the backyard instead.
A lot of us think that flushing unwanted medication down the toilet is a safer method of disposal, but it’s actually quite hazardous. Drugs can contaminate water supplies and kill or harm bacteria and other species in the water. So, please, dispose of your pills and other medications through your local pharmacy. They usually have a safe disposal program. All you need to do is drop it off at the pharmacy near you.
Now that you’re aware of what you shouldn’t flush down your toilet, we can all take more precaution and responsibility when using our porcelain throne.
Take care of our environment!
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