15 THINGS YOU MIGHT BE FLUSHING AND NEED TO STOP RIGHT NOW

Just because these "disposable" items fit down your toilet drain doesn't mean they are flushable. Using the toilet as a trash can is dangerous for home plumbing, and worse, maybe the environment.
  1. Medications or pills
    It may seem like a safe way of disposing of old or unused pills, but many pharmaceuticals can not be processed at a wastewater treatment plant, which means they can affect environmental water quality. It's best to dispose of them at a collection event or safe drop-off. Details at http://neorsd.org/PitchThosePills
  2. Paper towels
    They don't break down in pipes and sewers like toilet paper does.
  3. Dental floss
    Floss can ball up in your home plumbing and cause clogs, just like...
  4. Hair balls
    If you see a wad of hair in your sink, don't wash it down the drain or drop it in the toilet. Put it in the trash.
  5. Feminine products
    The packages might say flushable, but it's best to throw them in the garbage.
  6. Rags or towels
    Any cloth products just shouldn't be flushed.
  7. Syringes
    If a medical condition necessitates injections, sharps containers are the safest place to dispose of used syringes.
  8. Plastic bags
  9. Grease, fats, or cooking oils
    This is a bigger issue in kitchens, obviously, but greases and fats often end up in drains. Once cooled, they build up to create blockages. Some cities have had major build-ups hundreds of feet long underground.
  10. Chemicals or solvents
    Hazardous materials can often be dropped off at a household hazardous waste collection location or event. We offer resources at http://neorsd.org/healthyhome
  11. Baby wipes
    While commonly labeled as "flushable," they are not. They do not break down the same way toilet paper does, and the result is huge balled masses of wipes in local sewers and sometimes treatment plants.
  12. Condoms
  13. Diapers
  14. Cigarette butts
  15. Butane lighters
    It might seem like a strange item, but yes, they are often (wrongly) flushed in public restrooms.