Do Not Throw The Wipes In Your Toilet

Wet wipes are often used to clean baby's bottom, wipe makeup, remove a ketchup stain on your shirt and more. Not only are the wipes not healthy, but when they end up in the toilet, they can obstruct the pipes. An American city has shared on the social networks some dismal photos of a find of the agents of sanitation. The goal is to educate citizens on the right actions to adopt.

We all agree that wipes are dangerous for health because of the chemicals they contain. But what is even more important to know is that wipes are not made in the same way as toilet paper, so they can not end up in the toilet.

What are wipes made of?
The material used in the wipes is a nonwoven similar to that used in diapers and sheets for tumble dryers. Traditional fabrics are made by weaving together silk, cotton, polyester, wool and similar materials to form a matrix of interlocking loops. Nonwoven fabrics, on the other hand, are made by a process that presses a single sheet of material from a separate mass of fibers. This process uses fibers, such as cotton and rayon, as well as plastic resins such as polyester, polyethylene and polypropylene.

So the wipes are a kind of tissue capable of obstructing the sewage systems and the sanitary service of an American city has the proof.

A giant ball of wipes!
When parts of the Charleston, South Carolina, sewer system were not functioning properly, officials had to send sanitarians who plunged into the sewers to find a solution.

A team of divers had to swim about 25 meters deep in untreated sewage to find and clear the obstruction. And what they could fish in the dark was a lot of disposable wipes.

According to officials, it took the team three days to get the treatment sanitation network to work as before. Charleston Water sent a series of tweets to educate citizens. Of course, the pictures of the big balls of wipes were a shock to citizens and officials, but other strange objects were also found among other things a baseball.

A Charleston Water spokesperson told WCIV News that the wipes should never be thrown into the toilet as they will clog the plumbing of the house and wreak havoc on the city's sewers.

Tips: The 10 things to never throw in the toilet

1- Cotton: You may think that cotton is disposable because many toilet papers are made from cotton, but this is not the case! The cotton discs, the cotton swab or the cotton balls stick in your toilet and obstruct the pipe.

2- The paper towel: The paper towels are strong and are not designed to dissolve in water, even biodegradable types.

3- Diapers, sanitary napkins, pads: These products are thick and can expand and cause clogged pipes.

4- Medications: This is not so much a problem of obstruction, but rather an environmental problem. Sewage systems have complex biological processes to break down waste and drugs can interfere with it. Most drugs can not be removed from the water, so they end up in our lakes, oceans and rivers.

5- Floss: No floss is supposed to dissolve in the water. It will eventually become trapped and entangled in sewers and sewage systems, clinging to other materials such as fats, oils, paper towels, wipes and the like.

The toilet paper is designed to be thrown into the toilet without obstructing or clogging the pipes, so be careful and adopt eco-friendly gestures!

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