15 Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet
Your average toilet flush may handle a lot of natural waste - and toilet paper - but it isn't designed to handle anything else.
What Not to Flush Down the Toilet
The best way to increase the longevity of your toilet and to avoid annoying plumbing issues (e.g., a lot of extra plunger time) is to keep all extra waste out. The following items will do more harm than good if flushed down your toilet, so maybe it’s time for some new rules around your house.
If you think you’re releasing your goldfish back to the wild when you flush it down the toilet, think again. You’re most likely killing it within a couple of minutes because of the way city water is treated.
Releasing a goldfish into a pond or a lake isn’t any better. It’s actually a terrible thing for ecosystems. Goldfish in Minnesota are threatening marsh habitats and have grown to the size of dinner plates.
Did you know you should also flush your water heater? Yep, once a year is recommended.
Bleach can react with other substances in your pipes and create a dangerous situation. The reaction can create fumes and clog pipes. Ammonia and bleach should never be mixed.
Extend the life of your toilet by deep cleaning it this way.
Most people know it’s a bad idea to pour grease down your kitchen sink. It’s equally important not to do it in the toilet. Warm grease runs down your drain until it cools in the pipe, where it congeals to start forming a clog. Then other stuff gets stuck in it, and before you know it you’ve got a major clog.