Most of us rarely think about what we flush down the toilet. While adults know to stick to toilet paper when using the bathroom, most kids are curious to see how the toilet works. In some situations, many even enjoy flushing their toys down the toilet, leading to serious plumbing problems for parents. Avoid this type of situation by using the following information to teach your kids to only flush toilet paper in the toilet:
Only Flush Toilet Paper
It isn’t unusual for a plumber to receive a call from a parent struggling to unclog their toilet from their child’s toys. Whether your toilet is filled with your child’s favorite playthings or it’s flooding the entire bathroom, this type of emergency can be avoided by properly teaching children. Make sure your child knows what goes in the toilet and what does.
Teach your child to wipe with toilet paper only and to use and dispose of it as needed. If they ever use “flushable” wipes or paper towels, make sure they know that these items cannot go in the toilet. You can do this by making laminated signs and posting them by the toilet and trashcan.
Don’t Play in the Toilet
Another way parents can avoid another toilet mishap is to teach their children to never play in the toilet. Too often, kids try to use the toilet as a pool for their toys. Make sure your child knows to only use the toilet when they have to go to the bathroom. Make sure your entire family closes the toilet seat when they are finished, and keep bathing toys in another room entirely. If you store them in a bathroom cabinet or in the tub, children will be tempted to play with them.
Trash Doesn’t Go in the Toilet
Some parents make a habit of flushing dirt, hair, and other items down the toilet. Make sure that both you and your child know that this is the fastest way to get plumbing problems. Teach your child that all dirt and non-toilet paper waste belong in the garbage.
Be Wary of Toilet Trouble
In your efforts to teach your child proper toilet use, don’t forget to mention the amount of toilet paper used. Children can easily clog the toilet if they aren’t mindful of the amount of toilet paper they’re using. Likewise, if the toilet paper is thicker than usual, they should use less than they normally might.
Take the time to show your child the difference between brands of toilet paper and how much is needed per square. Additionally, make sure they understand to never flush if the toilet is clogged and to call an adult for help.
Make sure nothing but toilet paper makes it through your toilet. Use this guide to teach your kids what not to flush.
By Brooke Chaplan
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan