The short answer to the question “can I flush paper towels” is “no.” The long answer is “never flush paper towels down the toilet.” While toilet paper is designed to disintegrate in water, paper towels will not break down in the same manner and they will not easily move down the sewer line, potentially creating a clog.
Can I flush paper towels down the toilet?
Because we now know you can’t flush paper towels down the toilet, it’s important to dispose of them in a safe manner. If you’re using paper towels to clean your bathroom you can simply dispose of them in your trashcan. If you’re concerned about hygiene after using a paper towel, you can first place it in a plastic shopping bag or into a trash can with a plastic bag liner.
How to clear a clogged toilet
If you have flushed paper towels and your toilet drains slowly or not at all, read our instructions on how to unclog a toilet. Most clogs caused by paper towels can be easily cleared with a plunger or an auger.
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