Whether you’re trying to get ready quickly in the morning or cleaning your bathroom, everyone’s been tempted at one point or another to throw something down the toilet that they probably shouldn’t.
While it may not seem like a big deal, throwing the below things into your toilet can cause an expensive clog.
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1. Flushable Wipes
Don’t let the term “flushable” fool you — flushable wipes should never make their way into your toilet. Flushable wipes take far longer than toilet paper to dissolve, so they’re far more likely to cause a clog if you use them even just a few times a week.
2. Paper Towels
Even though they’re both made of “paper,” paper towels are far thicker and stronger than toilet paper. Just like flushable wipes, paper towels won’t break down in your system, so they’re more likely to cause a clog.
Floss is small and thin, so most people can’t see the harm in flushing it once in a while. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Over time, a single piece of floss can catch other items that flow through your toilet and cause a clog.
4. Chemical Drain Cleaners
Surprised to find this on our list? While everything else on our list can cause a clog, chemical drain cleaners are known for their ability to unclog a pipe. However, chemical cleaners are anything but a good choice when you’re facing a plumbing problem. Chemical cleaners can not only corrode your pipes, but they’re also really bad for the environment.