The Worst Toilet Paper for Plumbing

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What you choose to flush here can affect the plumbing system of the whole house.

With regard to the toilet paper you choose, the best really is the worst when it comes to your household plumbing. Particularly if your home has a septic system, putting plush product into your plumbing is a bad idea – one that could cost a lot of money, in the long run.

Don't Fall for the Commercials

The well-advertised and ultra-soft toilet paper of big companies are brands to steer clear of if you want to protect your plumbing. They cost more initially, and the long-term effects of putting thick tissue through pipes and into a septic can inhibit the overall effectiveness of the system, clog waterways and cause permanent damage.

Avoid New Wood Fibers

You'll save trees and your plumbing by avoiding products which use no recycled materials. If the toilet paper has a low content – or no post-consumer fiber -- it is not a good product for plumbing.

Steer Clear of Soft and Quilted Products

Most products touting "soft" or "quilted" features are the toilet papers to avoid. Soft and plush generally mean thick and expanding. To avoid plumbing problems, you want the toilet paper to degrade, not expand. Additionally, some high-end products contain oils, bleaches and softening agents which can further harm plumbing.

Don't Flush the Flushable

Just because a product is called "flushable" doesn't mean you should. Flushable wipes, used in lieu of toilet paper, are even worse than the worst of plush toilet papers. They are the culprit behind many clogged toilets and water lines. If you want to avoid plumbing headaches, avoid their use.

Choose Affordability

Products that are deemed "septic-safe" are good for all plumbing systems. Often no-name brands make products that break down better and do less harm to plumbing systems. Even big companies which offer deluxe toilet papers generally have lesser brands that are better for your plumbing. Look for lesser-ply products and products made with recycled materials.

Go Green

Eco-friendly products made of 100 percent recycled fibers are not only better for your plumbing, they're better for the environment. Toilet paper that is completely biodegradable is the best at dissolving and does the least harm to the environment and plumbing. It is also required at some RV parks and campsites.


Linda Emma

Linda Emma

Linda Emma is a long-standing writer and editor. She is also a digital marketing professional and published author with more than 20 years experience in media and business. She works as a content manager and professional writing tutor at a private New England college. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northeastern University.