A comprehensive list of things you cannot put down your drains

As plumbers, we see some questionable and funny things when clearing blocked drains. Below is a list of things you should not put down the drain if you do not want them to block!

  1. Paper Towels.
  2. Baby wipes
  3. Receipts
  4. Newspaper
  5. Plastic bags
  6. Cling wrap
  7. Foil
  8. Sandwich bags
  9. Sanitary pads
  10. Tampons
  11. Nappies
  12. Condoms
  13. Cotton balls
  14. Cotton buds
  15. Rice
  16. Pasta
  17. Flour
  18. Coffee Grounds
  19. Fruit and veg scraps
  20. Hair
  21. Sand
  22. Soil
  23. Egg shells
  24. Fats
  25. Oils
  26. Bones + meat off cuts
  27. Paint
  28. Toys
  29. Anything else that you think is questionable. There are a lot of products available that are advertised as “flushable” but generally are not.


We see all of these things causing problems for our customers on a daily basis and a little of TLC for your drains can save you an unnecessary visit from the plumber.