The 4 P's that you CAN flush in your toilet

The 4 P’s–the ONLY things to flush down the toilet

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Your know your toddler’s favorite words: Pee, Poop and Puke. Add one more–Paper (of the toilet variety) and you’ve got a list of the ONLY things that should be flushed down your toilet.

The Brightwater Center in Woodinville, WA has adopted the 4 P’s in their education campaign. The 4 P’s are an easy way to remember what is safe to flush–what we shouldn’t flush is a much longer list.

We’re going to have to retrain ourselves to change our habits. Here is a list of everyday items that many of us flush–but shouldn’t. All of the following items should be tossed in the garbage can.

  • Wipes
  • Hair
  • Tampons
  • Condoms
  • All diapers
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Mini or maxi pads
  • Cleaning wipes of any kind
  • Facial tissue
  • Paint, solvents or thinners
  • Medications
  • Pet poop
  • Hazardous waste
  • Anything made from cotton fibers
  • Toilet bowl scrub pads
  • Dental floss
  • Egg shells, nutshells and coffee grounds
  • Fats, oils and grease

Our sewers are designed to only dispose of very specific items and are only big enough to carry water, toilet paper and human waste. Sewer pipes may only be 4 inches wide–not nearly large enough to transport many everyday items.

Here’s another slogan to help you remember: If you didn’t eat it first–don’t flush it!

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By: Jennifer Croft   June 25, 2017


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