How to Prevent Clogged Toilets

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Perhaps you've just gone through the headache of unclogging a particularly blocked toilet--and you never want to experience that again. You are ready to switch to preventative mode. How, then, to prevent clogs from even happening in the first place? A few simple rules should do the trick.

Things You'll Need

  • Small garbage can
  • Plastic bags
  • Light toilet paper
  • Set up a small garbage can right next to your toilet. This way, you won't be tempted to throw things like heavy tissue, wet wipes, diapers or any other heavy paper items into the toilet. Use the garbage can for these items.

  • Line the garbage can with a regular plastic bag (the kind you'd get at the grocery store, for example, with handles and all). This will make it easy for you to empty the garbage can--and prevent the garbage can from piling up.

  • Stock extra garbage bags in a cupboard in the bathroom, perhaps under the sink. The goal here is to make maintaining that garbage can as simple as possible.

  • Flush twice. If you are in the middle of a particularly sizable bowel movement, don't be afraid to flush twice, once after the waste has passed, and another after wiping. This will avoid a large flush.

  • Install light toilet paper next to your toilet. Using light paper instead of heavy paper can contribute significantly to preventing clogs. In addition, strive to use less paper, since most clogs result from the use of too much paper. If you need to, flush twice in a lots-of-toilet-paper situation, halfway through the wiping process.

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