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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 16: An attendee holds a container of Lysol disinfecting wipes as San Francisco Mayor London Breed (R) speaks during a press conference at San Francisco City Hall on March 16, 2020 in San Francisco, California. San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a shelter in place order for residents in San Francisco until April 7. The order will allow people to leave their homes to do essential tasks such as grocery shopping and pet walking. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

During this Covid 19 outbreak, it’s apparent we`ve all been taking the necessary steps to maintain good health. We have been encouraged to disinfect surfaces with wipes and cleaners to ward off the virus. 

Although these wipes are beneficial for your health, they can be harmful to your home. These ‘ flushable’ wipes do not appear to be much flushable. Officials are now worried that flushing these wipes will back up pipes and cause problems regarding sewage treatment. With the future unknown for a lot of folks, added expenses could be a problem. Preventive measures are more of what we are working on. 

This could potentially create overflows at wastewater treatment facilities. Meaning additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. These overflows can spill into oceans, rivers, and lakes impacting public health and the environment even more. It is important to throw wipes, napkins, paper towels, and other cleaning items in the trash, not the toilet.