Things That Should Not Be Flushed Down the Toilet

Help Keep Our Seas Clean

Our seas and oceans are becoming full of plastic and pollution, a lot of this comes from sewage pipes.

Put simply, the only things that should be flushed down the toilet are poop. wee and toilet roll. Unlike other types of wipes and paper, toilet paper is designed to break up easily when is wet. As well as helping the environment and marine wildlife, not using your toilet as a 'wet bin' can also reduce the risk ot toilet and drain blockages.

None of the following should be flushed down the toilet. They should all be put in a bin, which will later be disposed of at an official landfill site or burnt at a waste incinerator.

Kitchen roll

Baby wipes

Disinfectant wipes

Tampons & female sanitary products

Disposable plastic gloves

Dental floss

Disposable nappies

Disposable contact lenses

Acrylic nails

Cotton buds

Cotton wool


Cigarette butts

Chewing gum


Fake eyelashes

Vitamins & tablets


Microbeads (found in some shower body scubs and toothpaste, they are tiny bits of plastic)