Labels can be misleading…
Be careful what you flush down your toilet. A lot of advertisers state that their toilet wipes are “flushable” insinuating that they’re safe for your drain, but it’s a misleading title. Firstly, let’s clarify that there are some companies that actually use a decomposing wipe that will eventually break down. These wipes are made of cellulose fibers similar to toilet paper which allow the fibers to break apart once submerged in water. Your basic baby wipe is not made of cellulose fibers, it’s actually made of plastic fibers preventing it from breaking apart once submerged.
Although flushable wipes aren’t the leading cause of clogged drains, it contributes significantly. A recent study shows that baby wipes contributed to a large City’s sewer issues by 38%, followed by disposable hand towels at 34%, cosmetic and surface wipes at 19%, and feminine products at 7%.
So next time you see flushable wipes at your local store, don’t fall for the misleading labels. If you must use these types of wipes, be sure to always dispose of them in the garbage regardless of their packaging details. This includes cleaning wipes, baby wipes, adult personal hygiene wipes, facial wipes and make-up removal wipes.