Should You Flush Flushable Wipes?
The market for disposable wipes in the U.S. is an over $2 billion market, and is poised to reach beyond $3 billion by 2023. With the current global pandemic of coronavirus making its way to the U.S., Americans have been buying toilet paper faster than it can be produced. Because of the shortage of toilet paper, many Americans have turned to flushable wipes to take care of their bathroom needs. And that’s fine, however, there are some important things about these flushable wipes you should remember.
Are Flushable Wipes Actually Flushable?
Did you know that out of all disposable wipes that are marketed as “flushable” by manufacturers, only about 8% of them truly are flushable? A 2013 test conducted by Consumer Reports tested four of the most popular flushable wipe brands versus toilet paper. After ten minutes, the toilet paper was completely dissolved but the wipes remained intact. Ten more minutes and being agitated in a mixer, the wipes still weren’t breaking down. After twelve hours, only two brands of the wipes started to show signs of breaking down. Imagine what all of these wipes are doing to your sewer line! Eventually they create a large blockage and cause a backup and lots of headaches for you.
So if you’re reaching for the wipes all of the time or during the great toilet paper shortage of 2020, make sure you’re throwing them away instead of flushing them. And remember the only thing going down the toilet should be the 4P’s!
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