14 things you should never flush down the toilet
When you flush things down the toilet that you shouldn’t, you’re risking serious damage to your pipes that might require a professional to fix. Many common household items should never be flushed down the toilet.
Pipe blockages occur more often than you might think. In 2022, RACV Trades plumbers were called out 8,467 times to unblock a pipe or drain in homes across Victoria.
Like your kitchen or laundry sink, being careless with what you flush down the toilet can result in blocked pipes that not only require a costly repair by a licensed plumber but breed nasty bacteria that puts the health of your household at risk.
“Items that don't break down easily are at risk of getting caught on joins in pipework when flushed down the toilet, causing an obstacle for anything following behind,“ says Head of RACV Trades Kieran Davies.
"Blockages can also lead to the toilet water building up in the pan and flooding onto your toilet or bathroom floor, causing water damage to the room.”
Davies also has some advice about items you think might be okay to be flushed but are not, such as those branded as 'flushable'.
“Just because it says ‘flushable’ doesn't mean it should be flushed,” he says.
“If you do flush something down the toilet and water doesn't drain, continually drains slowly or excessive gurgling noises can be heard, as tempting as it might be to try and fix it yourself, it’s time to call in the professionals.”