Is It OK to Flush Cleaning Pads?

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by Laikabear, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. Laikabear

    Laikabear New Member

    Mar 4, 2010
    Pasadena, CA
    I realize this forum is mostly for toilet performance, but I was wondering what plumbers think of these "flushable" cleaning pads (Scrubbing Bubbles Flushable, and I think there are other brands). Basically, they are a paper product with some cleaner impregnated in them, and about 2" x 2" x 1/2".

    Are they likely to cause clogs if actually flushed? It seems like they should be fine, but (correct me if I'm wrong) I think plumbers frown on flushing tampons, which are also OK to flush if you believe the manufacturer.

    I use those cleaning pads in my current toilet because I dislike the idea of a reuseable toilet brush, but I'm anticipating possibly needing to clean my new toilet more often due to the small water spot. The pads, while inadequate for a thorough cleaning (they are too soft), are great for quick touch ups.
  2. jay_wat

    jay_wat Plumber

    Nov 9, 2009
    Skagit Valley
    you wont catch a plumber flushing anything else besides Toilet Paper down the toilet!
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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    Sooner or later, whatever goes in the toilet bowl, at some point, that will need to be pumped further down the line.
    Public Sewer Systems are loaded with "Pump Stations"

    The reason I know this.
    My brother in law worked for the City of Bellevue Utility public works.

    One of his jobs, was to hop into the pit, wearing a breathing apparatus and remove the bits and pieces that had jammed the pump.
    So remember, as you are being so convenient, that sooner then later, someone brother will be hoping into a sewer pit to find what you threw away, and then "He" will put it in the trash for you.
    You could save him the trip, and just set it in the waste basket now.
  5. krow

    krow Plumber

    Feb 11, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    If it doesn't disintegrate in your toilet bowl within 5 minutes , chances are it never will
  6. shacko

    shacko Master Plumber-Gas Fitter

    Jan 22, 2006
    Master Plumber-Gas Fitter
    Rosedale, Md
    Pee, poo and toilet paper only!!
  7. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    There is an adage that you should not put anything into the toilet which you did not eat! Reluctantly, the sole exception is made for TP
  8. torontoplumbingguy

    torontoplumbingguy New Member

    Jan 15, 2010
    Toronto Canada
    That AS Champion 4 that flushes stuffed animals? Well, they only get so far down the line before they get stuck and need the roto router treatment. I can understand why a plumber only flushes toilet paper and now so do we. Just remember that the entire septic line down to the lake is not ceramic and slippery! And remember as well that the PR shots that AS uses, like golf balls and toy soldiers are not shown going through the drains down to the lake. Do yourself a favour and flush reasonable quanities of toilet paper. And if you are Mr. Super Dump, try and flush part way through? I never, personally, want to see the use of a plunger again as long as I live. Our old American Standards were being plunged so regularly we actually had a plunger next to each one in each bathroom!
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