August 5, 2023

Unravelling the Mystery: Weird Things People Have Flushed Down the Toilet

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A small cactus with red spines is placed inside the bowl of the toilet, contrasting its open, white porcelain with vibrant color.

The toilet is a marvel of modern plumbing, designed to handle human waste and biodegradable materials. However, some individuals seem to view it as a magical abyss capable of swallowing just about anything. As strange as it may sound, people have flushed a wide array of bizarre items down the toilet, leading to clogs, plumbing disasters, and some truly odd stories. In this blog, we’ll take a lighthearted look at some of the weirdest things people have flushed down the toilet, highlighting the importance of responsible flushing habits.

  1. Toys Galore

Children’s fascination with toilets and their curiosity often leads to some unusual flushing antics. From action figures and dolls to toy cars and rubber ducks, it seems like anything small enough to fit through the drain becomes a candidate for a toilet adventure. These little explorers often meet a watery fate, much to the dismay of their owners.

  1. Cell Phones and Gadgets

In the era of smartphones and gadgets, it’s not uncommon to hear stories of individuals accidentally dropping their precious devices into the toilet. But some take it to a whole new level by intentionally flushing their phones, hoping that somehow it would magically reappear unscathed. Unfortunately, that’s not how plumbing works, and the end result is usually an expensive lesson in proper phone handling.

  1. Jewelery and Valuables

Whether it’s an engagement ring slipped off while washing hands or a misplaced earring, jewelry often ends up on a trajectory towards the toilet. While many people successfully retrieve their treasures, others aren’t as fortunate, leading to unforgettable tales of treasure hunts gone awry.

  1. Clothing Items

We’ve all experienced the frustration of a sock or a piece of underwear mysteriously disappearing in the laundry. For some, the answer to this mystery lies in the toilet. From socks and underwear to shirts and towels, clothing items have made their way into the depths of toilets, causing significant plumbing problems in the process.

  1. Pets (Yes, Really!)

Perhaps one of the most shocking and disturbing entries on this list, some individuals have attempted to flush small pets down the toilet. Fish, these ill-advised actions often lead to disastrous outcomes and emphasize the importance of treating pets with care and respect.

While it’s easy to chuckle at the absurdity of some of these stories, the reality is that flushing inappropriate items down the toilet can have serious consequences. It can lead to clogged pipes, sewer backups, and costly plumbing repairs. As responsible individuals, we should all be mindful of what we flush down the toilet. Stick to the basics: human waste, toilet paper, and biodegradable materials. Everything else should be disposed of properly in the trash. Let’s avoid adding to the list of weird things people have flushed down the toilet and keep our plumbing systems running smoothly for years to come. Remember, when it comes to flushing, it’s best to keep it simple and responsible!


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The blocked drain specialist – servicing Brisbane

Penetrator (aka Gavin) has been plumbing for over 20 years.  He has worked alongside other plumbers and in both commercial and residential plumbing.  Gavin’s passion within plumbing has always been the challenge of a blocked drain…He thrives on defeating the blockages and will continue until he is satisfied he has 110% done the best he can.  His work ethic is unsurpassable and his workmanship is second to none. If there’s a blocked drain – Penetrator is your man!

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