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Happydays12345 Wed 02-Oct-13 14:00:10

Just had a letter from my water company saying there had been some serious blockages in the drains around here and reminding us what not to flush. One of the main culprits are nappies!!!!! How the frig do you flush a nappy down the toilet?

AIBU to think a nappy does not fit down a toilet?

quoteunquote Wed 02-Oct-13 21:43:49

grin at gobby

IrisWildthyme Wed 02-Oct-13 21:56:34

I think the reason we used to be able to flush tampons, towels and even nappies 30 years ago was because they were basically glorified loo paper - a thick wodge of cotton wool, which would disintegrate in the water.

These days, such articles are made of much more synthetic stuff, including those clear gel beads which swell up to many times their original size to absorb lots and lots of water. I'm sure you could easily fit a not-particularly-wee'd into modern nappy (probably only the size 0/1 tiny ones) down the loo quite easily, but they would swell to block the pipe not long after the U bend.

Happydays12345 Wed 02-Oct-13 21:58:58

I'm wondering if the culprits are feeling guilty after receiving the letter.

I'd be mortified if I flooded people's houses.

Norfolknway Wed 02-Oct-13 22:10:43

We used to flush tampons as students in shared accommodation.

Well, until the drains got all blocked up with 'something' and we ended up with poo in the yard shock

Poor landlord had to dig through the poo and tampons to clear it...we never did it again confused

Rhubarbgarden Wed 02-Oct-13 23:16:29

Jeans? Jeans?!


LazyGaga Wed 02-Oct-13 23:21:21

We had problems with our shared drains and environmental health bloke found incontinence pads down there, not Tena lady size but the full on adult nappy size.

That still comes nowhere near jeans though!

ThePuffyShirt Wed 02-Oct-13 23:27:33

I once saw a CCTV of a local sewer (long story) & spotted a pair of jeans and a cabbage!

(Obv the cabbage had got in there via a manhole, but still, wtf?)

GoldiChops Thu 03-Oct-13 00:51:04

Wow, I've never heard of not flushing tampons. there is no way I could wrap one and put it in the bin, dripping blood clots everywhere! Plus at work they don't have a bathroom bin, no way I could carry a dripping package through to the kitchen bin. Bad enough trying to sneak a pad through, at least they retain the blood better if you change every hour! I've never flushed a nappy though, nor a pad.

IrisWildthyme Thu 03-Oct-13 06:09:30

Goldi in the supermarket next to the tampons and towels you can usually buy a box of discrete little plastic bags like mini nappy sacks but the plastic is much more heavily coloured so that the contents can't be seen. Very useful if there's no bin readily to hand and you can easily keep a couple wherever you keep your spares. However I'm shocked at a workplace not providing a bin in the ladies at work - are all the bosses men who have never had to think about such things?

Nottalotta Thu 03-Oct-13 06:38:00

Me too Gobby

I had no idea you couldn't flush tampons but haven't been able to use them for years. Did flush them as a teen though. Along with the old style pre Always sanitary towels which i was advised to tear in half lengthways and flush. Yuck. But they were just pretty much padding rather than plasticy like they are now.

I wouldn't want to wrap a tampon. Maybe thats why the sanitary bins at work are always smeared in blood?

Silverlace Thu 03-Oct-13 06:50:15

I used to work in a shop that had baby change facilities. We paid a heck of a lot of money to hire proper nappy bins but still had to regularly pay a plumber even more to remove the nappy from the toilet that some idiot had flushed down.

lljkk Thu 03-Oct-13 06:51:14

I was taught to wrap & bin tampons 30+ yrs ago, I never heard of flushing for a long long time. Different country, though our sewers were much newer & presumably bigger.

lottiegarbanzo Thu 03-Oct-13 07:02:01

I think there's a bit of a battle between manufacturers who describe things like baby wipes and tampons as flushable on the packaging and water companies who say 'not suitable for flushing, please don't.'

SpiritOfTheBuskersCat Thu 03-Oct-13 07:58:26

I've got 2 boxes of tampons here, must checked them, one says flushable the others say don't.

wonkylegs Thu 03-Oct-13 08:11:00

this story was picked up by various national networks.
I just can imagine how, let alone why.
However I have worked on various specialised care developments where we have to design loos with special panels to allow unblocking when patients/residents have flushed bedsheets & towels down the loo. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it.

GoldiChops Thu 03-Oct-13 10:53:53

IrisWildThyme thanks- I didn't know they did sanitary bags like nappy bags. I'm a nanny, in a family house, so it's not a ladies' loo it's just the family loo- neither the kitchen loo nor the kids one, the ones I can use, have bins. The only bin is the kitchen bin, no way I could pop a parcel of blood into someone's kitchen bin! The outside bin is a wheely bin so it's really obvious what you've put in there. I tend to wrap pads really well, plastic bag them, and keep them in a plastic lined makeup bag to dispose of at home. My boss, lovely lady but but she really doesn't get how heavy some people's periods can be. I have too change hourly for three days!

GoldiChops Thu 03-Oct-13 10:56:31

Oh but I have never flushed a tampon tube, the Tampax cardboard ones say they are flushable but they look so huge! I clean and wrap them once used. I bet they cause probs too. I use the plastic ones at work, as they are smaller packages so you can fit more in your bag, Id never flush them!

TheBigJessie Thu 03-Oct-13 13:24:32

All the tampons I have ever bought said, "not flushable, please dispose in bin" or something similar.

Rhubarbgarden Thu 03-Oct-13 14:06:13

Guilty of tampon flushing here too. That's what I was taught to do twenty five years ago and I've never heard anything different. I will refrain now.

I did, however, stay in a B&B last weekend that had no bathroom bin. Just a tiny wicker basket, unlined, in the bedroom. As we had a nappy-wearer with us I had to line the basket with plastic bags myself so we could use it. I thought that was really poor - and it wasn't a cheap place or someone's home; it was a proper Inn with lots of rooms and all the other usual facilities.

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