Are Flushable Wipes Really Flushable?
You’ve probably heard news stories questioning the safety of flushing wet wipes down the toilet. From what they’re made for... to what they’re made from, all wipes are NOT created equal. So, the big question is, how do you know whether flushable wipes are really flushable? Don’t assume every brand of moist toilet tissue is safe for flushing. We’ll go over what to look for when shopping for flushable wet wipes and tips for making things easier for the sewer system.
A wet wipe for every job, but not for ALL jobs
Most wet wipes make very specific claims about what they are designed for. For instance, baby wipes will clean a baby’s skin, but should not be used to clean a dirty changing table. For that, you need a wipe that cleans and disinfects—but those wipes should not be used to clean human skin. And none of these wipes should be flushed down a toilet because they are not biodegradable.
This brings us back to flushable wet wipes. Otherwise known as “moist toilet tissue” or “flushable moist wipes,” these wipes are specifically designed to thoroughly and effectively clean human skin after using the toilet. Whether used in tandem with regular toilet tissue or as a substitute for it, they are pre-moistened with a cleaning solution that is gentle, hypoallergenic, and comfortably cleans your most sensitive area.
However, not all moist toilet tissue brands are made from the same ingredients—and that is where their flushability comes into question.
To flush or not to flush? That is the question.
Here are 3 tips to follow when it comes to flushing your flushable toilet wipes:
- Be sure they’re flushable. Not all moist toilet wipes are flushable. Always check the packaging to make sure they can be flushed down the toilet.
- Be sure to flush individually. The best way to dispose of truly flushable moist wipes is to flush them down the toilet one at a time.
- Be sure your plumbing is well-maintained. Experts agree that older homes with cast iron pipes can face potential plumbing issues. Wipes that have passed accepted flushability guidelines are safe for well-maintained sewers and septic systems—and again, flushable wipes should always be flushed one at a time to prevent possible clogging. Flushable wipes are not recommended in motor homes or with basement pump systems.
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