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Face Masks and Wipes in Plumbing Systems

Facemask and Wipes


Many of our officials today are pleading to Americans to stop flushing face masks, gloves, and most especially wet wipes. In an article published by the New York Times, wastewater officials as well as plumbers across the country are asking the Americans to stop flushing wipes down the toilet using the hashtag #WipesClogPipes.

Wastewater comptrollers also say that they see gloves and face masks in the clogged pipes. Making our sanitary workers and plumbing companies work more hours than they usually do.

What Can I Flush?

TOILET PAPER. That’s it. It’s the only thing that you can flush down the toilet besides human waste. Face masks, latex gloves, wet wipes don’t disintegrate down the pipes so they had to go to the dumpster.

On the other hand, tissue papers are designed to be thick enough to wipe and adequately light to dissolve in the sewer pipes—making a clog-free sewage system throughout the city. 


What is our alternative? Bidet.

Use bidet. Don’t you know that a bidet is more beneficial than using tissue and wet wipes? Besides that it conserves more water than the production of tissue papers and wipes, it is also known to be more sanitary. Here are just a few of the benefits that won’t clog your pipes: 

  • Less expensive plumbing issues than clogged toilets
  • Cost-Efficient
  • More comprehensive cleaning
  • Healthier for women and expecting mothers
  • Eco-friendly
  • Cost-Efficient
  • More comfortable and gentler to skin
  • Easy to use for those with mobility issues

As per a team of “toilet crusaders,” an innovative group called Hello Tushyit takes 37 gallons of water just to make one toilet paper roll. By increasing the awareness of global wastefulness, they continue to make bidet a thing while the proceeds of their sales will also help build community toilets in India to live a healthier, more productive, and more dignified life. Isn’t it amazing? 

All we can do is be aware while others even make a movement out of it. It doesn’t hurt and not yet too late to be more environmentally responsible.

How do we keep our sewage systems clean and clog-free? 

It’s an easy thing to do yet it comes a long way to just properly dispose our waste. If it’s latex, it has to go to the bin. 

Also, don’t just throw it out on the curb or on the roadside. Look for a garbage bin and if there’s none, keep hold of it until you find one—easy-peasy yet beneficial for our sewage.

At the end of the day, all these small efforts and milestones won’t go to waste. Not only does it promote a healthier way of living during the pandemic but it also creates a bigger cause for the environment. Most importantly, it can spare you another appointment with your plumber.