What Can You Flush Down the Toilet?

Clogged toilets are a huge hassle to deal with, especially when you are at someone else’s house. If you habitually clog your toilet, chances are it is going to crack and you’ll need a toilet repair or toilet replacement. If your toilet constantly gets clogged, it might not be because you have a poor toilet, it might be because you are flushing things that shouldn’t be flushed. Let’s take a look at what can be flushed down your toilet versus what cannot be flushed down your toilet.

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CAN

  • Human waste

  • Toilet paper

CANNOT

  • Hair

  • Napkins

  • Paper towels

  • Baby wipes

  • Disinfectant wipes

  • Moist wipes

  • Plastic

  • Fats

  • Oils

  • Greases

  • Diapers (Yes, even “flushable” diapers)

  • Just about anything else that’s solid

Were you expecting the “can” list to be longer? Toilet paper is designed to disintegrate when mixed with water while paper towels and anything else in the list above isn’t. Everything else from the list above will stay intact as it goes down the drain and will ultimately block up the drain which causes the nuisance of a clogged toilet. A smart idea is to have a trash can in the bathroom so whenever you need to get rid of something while in the bathroom and it’s not toilet paper, you have the better option of throwing it in the trash. Keep in mind, what connects your home to the main sewer is a drain that is often around just 4 inches. When flushing any of the above items, you are risking backing up the main sewer which would cause problems for your neighbors as well.

If you have any problems with your toilet, drains, or the main sewer in the Indianapolis area, whether it was your fault or not, call the Plumb Doctor to come help you out of a jam. You can reach us at 317-643-2063 or contact us by clicking the button below!