10 Things That Shouldn’t Be Dumped Down the Drain

People often dump something down the drain and don’t even think about the consequences. Do you know which things should never be thrown in there? We recommend reading this list and memorizing it once and for all.

In this article, Bright Side will tell you about the things you should never put down the drain and about the consequences it might lead to, if you do.

Rice and pasta

Pasta and rice absorb water over time and become much bigger than before. And it takes a lot of time for them to dissolve in water, which could easily result in a clogged drain.

Eggshells

People think that if you break eggshell into small parts, it won’t get stuck, but that’s not entirely true. Small pieces can get stuck to one another which could result in the formation of one huge piece over time and lead to a clog.

Flour

Imagine flour and water combining inside your drain and making a glue-like mixture. This mixture can attract other waste and form a huge clog.

Medicine

Some people think that medicine dissolves easily in water, so they throw pills down their drain. In actuality, they don’t dissolve in water, they contaminate the water. Water filters can clear most microorganisms but there is no filter that can clear medicine contamination from the water.

Hair

Hair is one of the most common reasons why pipes get clogged in the bathroom. This is especially true if you have long hair. When the hair gets into the drain, it gets stuck inside and forms a ball which acts as a net for other waste. So, next time you clean the hair from your hairbrush, make sure you throw it into the trash and try to brush your hair every time before you take a shower. This will decrease the amount of hair in the drain.

Stickers from fruit and jars

Even if the stickers are very small, you should throw them away in the trash can instead of down the drain. The problem with these is that they have glue on them. And the stickers themselves are made of materials that take a very long time to decompose.

Building waste

No matter where the building waste came from, you should never throw it down the drain. This goes for both very small pieces and even powder-like debris. Big chunks form clogs and the small ones can end up on the sides of the drain and lead to even more serious problems.

Condoms

They might seem completely innocent at first, but you should keep in mind that they are made of latex which never dissolves. They can also stretch very well and get stuck inside pipes. Besides, condoms can get filled with air, water, or other waste which will lead to a very serious clog that could be very hard to get rid of.

Cigarette butts

The problem with the butt is that the cigarette filter is synthetic and it absorbs water and expands. The worst part is that it never dissolves. Cigarette butts also contain different harmful chemicals, like nicotine, which can contaminate the water supply.

Feminine products

Everyone knows that these things are designed to absorb moisture, so they can increase in size dramatically and lead to a very serious clog.

Have you ever thrown any of these things down the drain? Were you surprised by anything on the list? Tell us in the comment section below!

Illustrated by Alena Sofronova for BrightSide.me