Please Define “Flushable”

We’ve all done it. We’ve been told over and over that tissues, paper towels, and wipes do not dissolve in water and should not be flushed down the toilet. And yet, at some point in our lives we’ve all done it anyway. I urge you, then, to watch this news report. If it doesn’t convince you that wipes should not be flushed, nothing will:

The problem, as the video clearly illustrates, is that even things marked “flushable” take a long time to disintegrate. The Washington Post writes:

“The latest menace, officials say, is that wipes and other products … are increasingly being marketed as “flushable.” Even ever-thickening, super-soft toilet paper is worrisome because it takes longer to disintegrate …. ‘Just because you can flush it doesn’t mean you should,’ said I.J. Hudson, a spokesman for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which handles sewage for 1.8 million residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.”

The problems do not only apply to the sewer systems. The wipes can easily get stuck in your pipes, causing clogs and backups in your toilets and sinks. Fortunately, a reliable plumbing service can easily resolve the situation, but it’s going to be pricey:

‘Flushable’ Wipes Reportedly Causing Toilet Clogs, Septic Problems The attorneys at Morgan & Morgan are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of consumers who used flushable wipes and experienced plumbing problems, including toilet clogs. …

Do the smart thing. Take the extra step to trash can instead of throwing things into the toilet. Everyone will be happier that way. Image Credit


Rachel is a graduate from Grove City College, where she studied Communications, English, and Theatre. She currently has a plethora of unrelated jobs, of which blogging from the comfort of her bedroom is one.

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