What not to flush

An overflowing toilet can ruin your home in an instant. Just a small amount of household waste flushed down the toilet (or dumped down the drain or garbage disposal) can clog pipes, cause messes in your home, and result in expensive sewer backups.

Think before you flush “Flushable” wipes are anything but flushable. Unlike toilet paper, these products don’t break down. Instead, they get tangled with hair and debris, creating massive sewer backups.

Even if  products are marketed as "disposable," "flushable" or “sewer-and-septic-safe,” wipes, household waste and personal hygiene products should never be flushed. They belong in the trash.

What you shouldn't flush 

Avoid clogs by keeping these items out of your toilet

  • Baby & facial wipes
  • Tampons & applicators
  • Bandages & sticker backs
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Whitening strips & their wrappers
  • Maxi pads & their wrappers
  • Cotton swabs & makeup pads
  • Dental floss
  • Cigarette butts
  • Kitty litter and dog waste bags 
  • Condoms & their wrappers
  • Hair
  • Unused or expired prescription medicine 


What can be flushed? Only two things: human waste and toilet paper.

Remember, a clean Bay begins with you.