For some reason, I read the directions on the back of the box my lens-cleaning wipes came in when I opened it.
The last line of the directions — before the warning that the wipes are flammable and should be kept away from fire or flame (what exactly am I cleaning my glasses with, anyway?) — grabbed my attention.
”Do not flush.”
Given my occasional and always bizarre interest in warnings about what people are tossing down the poop chute, I actually looked up why I shouldn’t throw my lens wipes into the toilet, even though it’s a thought that never would have occurred to me.
” … as the wipes ride down the collection system they intertwine with cooking grease, hair and other trash…forming sometimes giant “rag balls” as they call them — a problem that’s led to several outages Bennett’s crews have had to deal with.” — By Casey Claiborne, “SPECIAL REPORT: Pre-moistened wipes clogging up Austin sewers,” Fox 7
Well, that’s certainly gross, and it’s as good a reason as any why not to flush wipes down the toilet.
I’m also guessing that some combination of the alcohol, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, chlophenesin and PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil on my lens wipes aren’t spectacular for the local water system, either.
And also, in case you were wondering, the wipes are for external use only, which can mean only one thing … someone has tried to eat them.
Again, what am I cleaning my glasses with? That’s some weird stuff to be putting near my eyes.
But wipes are apparently not the only thing that shouldn’t get flushed. Dental floss, contact lenses, tampons, medications, cat litter, condoms, facial tissues, paper towels and cotton swabs are also no-nos.
You learn something new ever day.