Toilets can be a convenient place to dispose of a small waste item, such as a contact lens or piece of dental floss. But according to a report from Time most things that blush people should not be disposed of by the china throne. And experts say it contributes to the pollution problem.
It is believed that especially the small plastic pieces of contact lenses pollute the microplastics, tiny pieces of plastic that can affect the health of the ocean wildlife. The disposal of medicines in the toilet or in the drain has led to drugs being found in our drinking water. The consequences of such second-hand consumption are not yet known.
And it's also about the financial garbage. Rinsing tampons, diapers, large towels, and other items too large to clean the drain will result in billions of dollars being spent every year on maintenance and repairs. Talk about flushing your money to the bathroom!
Unfortunately, it is not always easy to see what is rinseable and what is not. Some products, such as large wet wipes, indicate that they can safely drain into the drain, but in fact they are environmentally harmful and contain rayon or viscose.
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Dental floss seems to be harmless, but is made of Teflon or Nylon and is surprisingly strong. Rob Villée, Managing Director of the Plainfield Area Regional Wastewater Authority in Middlesex, New Jersey, told Time that flossing can cause quite a mess.
"It seems," Oh, it's just a little string, but it tends to sum things up. It collects other things and makes a big pile of stuff. It is incredibly strong. "
Tampons are another item that is generally considered safe to rinse, but in addition to clogs, the materials used in both the tampon itself and in the string can not easily be broken down." Playtex advises customers Now on their website, wrap used tampons in toilet paper and dispose of them in a wastebasket or designated container Condoms should never be rinsed and thrown into a suitable container after a single use
So-called cat litter can be a good idea for cat owners In fact, it's another product that should never be flushed, no matter what the bag tells you, it has the capability of being 60,000 times its original one Size and can cause a potentially expensive toilet disaster
But towels and paper towels must be safe, right? They are almost like toilet paper, just thicker. And cotton swabs are so tiny that they seem to float through the drain with ease. Despite their flush, they do not break off as quickly as toilet paper, which usually dissolves within 1 to 4 minutes. Instead, these items are treated with a chemical binder that prevents them from breaking apart, and the extra time they require could put you on the market of an emergency plumber.
Sometimes we do not have the time or ability to explore if something is safe or not. If there are questions, it is best to throw the item in the trash instead of emptying it. Keeping the toilet only for human waste and toilet paper can save a lot of time and money and pollute the environment.