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To Flush or Not to Flush

Scott flushable wipe in a glass of water


My husband works for the water department and since he knows all things relating to water, sewer, and the inner workings of the department, he has warned me countless times about flushing toilet wipes, saying that even the ones made to be flushed, should not be.

I for one, don’t think it’s fair, at the very least, it would be false advertising, right? To claim that the towelettes made to wipe our bums are flushable when in fact, they are not? Call me bovine in my thinking, or more likely, just plain stubborn, so I have decided to conduct an experiment to see if, in fact, the wipes do break down in water.

If I’m right, and God I hope I am, I think it only fair that I use the wipes in the manner they were intended, if not, I’ll go on granting my husband’s wish and dispose of them, wrapped in toilet tissue and thrown in the garbage. His stance is that they do NOT break down and dissolve in water and therefore cause sewer clogs, so I have been doing as he asked, cause Lord knows, we don’t need another expensive problem.

Nyhoo, I will keep you posted on the results of the experiment because inquiring minds wanna know, right? Or am I just being obstinate?

Cottonelle brand says they have “Safe Flush Technology” which claims that the wipes start breaking down as soon as you flush.

Now, we use Scott brand flushable wipes, who claim to have the very same technology. Well, we will see. I placed a wipe in a glass of water at around 10:30 this morning. I’ll keep you posted on the results. If nothing happens in an hour or so, I may give it a stir, just in case the issue isn’t the materiel but the action of a powerful flush. Either way, stay tuned. 😉


3 thoughts on “To Flush or Not to Flush

  1. Suze says:

    they really do not break down….no matter what any of them say. they all have cotton in them somewhere and cotton takes 145 years (according to science and tech online mag) to “break down in water’

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