It is common for people to flush items instead of throwing them in the trash for the sake of convenience. However, toilets can easily clog and malfunction if items other than toilet paper are flushed. Even if you do it infrequently or only flush a small amount of it, it can greatly damage your plumbing system. To keep your plumbing system running smoothly, avoid flushing anything down the toilet other than toilet paper. Below our Ocala plumbers and Gainesville plumbers list some common items that could catastrophically clog your toilet after one flush!

If a clog or other plumbing issues occur, contact plumbers in Ocala, FL and plumbers in Gainesville at Sunshine Plumbing and Gas right away to schedule plumbing services!

What Not To Flush Down Your Toilet

“Flushable” Wipes

Contrary to labels and marketing efforts, wet wipes marked as “flushable” are not safe for your plumbing system, septic systems, or public sewer systems. These wipes, baby wipes, and makeup-removing wipes do not break down over time. They take up space and can easily cause clogs and build-ups. If you use any type of wet wipe, be sure to throw it in the trash even if it is marked as “flushable”.

Cotton Balls & Cotton Swabs

Cotton products are common items people flush because they are small, and people assume they pass through the pipes. However, this is not the case. The cotton does not break down in the water, and they build up, slowing down and clogging pipes.

Menstrual Products

Of course, the wrappers and pads can not be flushed, but did you know that even tampons can cause a clog in your plumbing? To save your plumbing from strain and prevent clogs, throw away all menstrual products.

Paper Towels & Tissues

Paper products are meant to absorb water. When flushed, they collect moisture and expand, further enabling them to clog your plumbing system.

Dental Floss

Flushed dental floss can present a large issue for your plumbing system. Floss often acts as a net or binder collecting other flushed items together, causing clogs. It can also wrap around parts of your pipes or septic system, damaging it.


Hair never dissolves and can easily clog pipes. It acts as a net or dam and catches other items building a string clog. Always collect hair and throw it away in the trash can.

Contact Lenses

Consider any item you flush down the toilet as pollution because these items end up in oceans, rivers, and lakes. Disposing of contact lenses in your pipes contributes to microplastics in water.


Bleach is commonly used to clean toilets, but did you know this is damaging your plumbing with every scrub? Bleach is too strong of a chemical for your septic tank or public sewer. Strong chemicals kill the necessary good bacteria in sewage systems and pollute drain fields. Instead, opt for a biodegradable cleaning solution or vinegar and baking soda!

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