As a parent, there are so many situations that I never would have anticipated. Years ago, when my son was two, I actually had to say, “JIMMY! Stop flushing apples down the toilet!” He had “accidentally” flushed the first partially eaten apple after dropping it in the toilet. Why he was eating an apple in the bathroom was anyone’s guess. After seeing how successfully the first apple went down, he grabbed another one to repeat the apple flushing experiment. I happened to catch him red-handed, or apple-handed, as he had the third apple in hand and was on his way to the bathroom yet again.
So, Mr. Plumber came to the house to snake the drain and see if little Jimmy had created a catastrophic situation. It was determined that the apples were semi-stuck in the drainpipe and that the best course of action was to wait and let them break down on their own. Needless to say, we established with the kids that flushing fruit down the toilet was not acceptable. In the long run, the apples took care of themselves, and we got a great story out of it.
While it’s probably obvious that you don’t want to flush apples down the toilet, there are quite a few other things hanging around your house that you don’t want to flush down the porcelain throne.
- “Flushable” Wipes (totally NOT flushable)
- Kleenex/ Facial Tissues
- Kitty Litter
- Toxic Chemicals
- Water Softeners
- Paint Thinners
- Motor Oil
- Feminine Supplies
- Paper Towels
And last but not least, APPLES!