The Question Is? Flushable Wipes – To Flush or Not To Flush?

Even though many people consider wet wipes to be the best option for a “cleanup,” and even though it may be marked “flushable” on the packaging, are these wipes indeed safe to flush?

The answer? No!

Wet wipes may be marketed as “flushable” and “septic-safe,” so there should be no problem with flushing them down the toilet, right? Wrong!  Eventually, wet wipes do break down, but clogged pipes and plumbing blockages will occur much more frequently when they are used. Putting your household plumbing at risk will result in frequent plumbing expenses. When these wipes are flushed, they get stuck on other items in your sewer line. Wet wipes will cause a blockage known as “ragging.” When this happens, a licensed plumbing professional will need to be called.

Are flushable wipes really flushable?

Yes, although they should not be flushed.

How to dispose of flushable wipes

Discarding wipes in separate trash bags are the best way to dispose of these plumbing hazards.

Flushable baby wipes

Whether they are for adults or infants, wipes are bad for plumbing systems. However, here are a few brands of Flushable baby wipes:

If you must flush, which wipes are the best to flush?

Some of the best wipes on the market are alcohol-free and sewer- and septic-safe thanks to new technology. These wipes have a ripple texture, fresh scent, and dry quickly. They have outstanding online reviews. Several brands have a fresh scent. They’re flushable, biodegradable, and include lotion to be extra soft. These gentle wipes are hypoallergenic and have no drying alcohols, parabens, or sulfates. Some personal wipes are naturally made from sustainable resources and have no artificial dyes, so they’re safe to use on sensitive skin. These, too, have great reviews and are frequently recommended online.

Here are the top 5 flushable wipes:

Alternative to flushable wipesFlushable Wipes - To Flush or Not To Flush?

Here are some recommended alternatives to flushable wipes:


Bidets are sinks used for washing genital and rectal areas. Although there have been some concerns using Bidets (because of the possible spread of fecal bacteria to vaginal regions), they are very environmentally friendly.

Gel Wipes

Gel Wipes are gels applied to toilet paper prior to wiping. They are considered to be the best solution for outdoor activities, such as traveling or hiking.

Reusable Cloth Wipes

The Reusable Cloth Wipes method can be homemade. At home, mix some baby shampoo with water to moisten the cloth. However, you must wash the cloth after each use.

Shower Toilet

A Shower Toilet is a toilet combined with a bidet. Shower Toilets are often furnished with comfort technology, such as music and mood lighting.

For more information about what to flush and what not to flush, or if you are experiencing plumbing problems, want to set up a maintenance plan or need emergency plumbing service call All A’s Plumbing & Heating. We will get back to you quickly and look forward to helping you.

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