Can You Flush Tampons Down The Toilet?

Can you flush tampons down the toilet? It comes down to convenience vs plumbing disaster. I know, it’s easy. The toilet is right there. It’s messy/inconvenient/weird to wrap it up and place it in the garbage bucket. Or you just plain forget and it’s too late. But flushing tampons, and other various bathroom related items, down the toilet is a plumbing disaster waiting to happen.

Can You Flush Tampons Down The Toilet?

Typically a toilet pipe is only 3 inches in diameter and has been in your home longer than you have. Without being too graphic here, you can imagine that it collects waste, grease, gunk, and stuff over time narrowing the pipe and making it more susceptible to clogging and backing up. Gross, I know.

Disposing of tampons down the toilet is just so darned convenient, but it also the one item that is most likely to clog the toilet. Tampons can easily get lodged in the pipe sideways preventing other waste from passing by and thereby collecting waste and causing an even bigger blockage.

Don’t do it. Instead, wrap it in toilet tissue and toss into the garbage for disposal.

As for tampon packaging and applicators, even those that are biodegradable; these should never be flushed down the toilet. They are even more of risk for clogging toilets and so should always be disposed of in the garbage.

What CAN You Flush Down The Toilet?

Pee. Poop. Paper.

That’s what plumbing is designed for. Human waste and the biodegradable paper we have developed to help dispose of it. Period.

Despite the warnings about flushing all the items above, as toilets become more efficient and use less and less water, they are less able to flush anything that is not human waste. They are not designed for this and there are so many better alternatives available.

Be kind to your pipes!