No, this is not a garbage bin

Check what you absolutely should not throw in the do.

No, this is not a garbage bin

Yes, most of us know what belongs to do: number one and number two, bimmelim and bommelom. And toilet paper of course.

However, despite its rather intriguing use, according to the Danish company Bolius, many people use the toilet to get rid of far more things than just body fluids and dopapir.

Hair you pick out of the hairbrush, the cotton swab full of nail polish remover and what do you really do with the children’s half pastry bowl with Cheerios? Too full of stuffed cereal to go to the sink, too wet to go to the garbage. So what are you doing then?

Fast and effective, it is absolutely possible to rinse and get rid of the problem, but throwing things in the toilet that does not belong there, no, it’s certainly not the smartest thing you do.

No trash can

Are Skaar Nielsen at Norske Rørleggerbedrifters Landsforening also believes that many people rinse a lot of wonder in the toilet, which certainly does not belong there.

– Organic waste from body and toilet paper, these are the only things that should come close to the toilet, explains Nielsen to Klik Bolig.

– Many believe that the toilet is a sort of extension of the garbage bin in the kitchen, and can be used to get rid of everything from food left to dinner to animal hair and tampons.

No, this is not a garbage bin

NO, NO: These are in garbage, certainly not in the do. PHOTO: Trine Jensen

This strongly warns Skaar Nielsen.

It’s not good for neither sewage systems that can be flooded by rats if many food remains find their way down here, nor for your pipes if you consistently throw things into the can that can get stuck, expand or in any other way help to damage the pipe system.

Damage to own and municipal pipes

Many people use the toilet to get rid of food waste they feel gets a lot of pig to throw in the garbage. But it’s bad new especially if you’re not so fond of rats.

– Liquid cooking residues like sauces and grease after frying should never be poured into the toilet, explains Skaar Nielsen.

– This is bad news for the drain, because the fat can accumulate and you get sewers.

No, this is not a garbage bin

MATRESTER: Does not belong at home – especially not fat. PHOTO: Trine Jensen

– Fat from cooking that is poured into the sink or in the canister sticks into the pipes so that they become clogged, confirms the director of Norsk Vann, Toril Hofshagen, to Klik Bolig.

– Fats that seal the drain pipes are an increasing problem in Norway and are bad news not only for your own drainage pipes, but also for the municipal pipes that can be closed if the fat is not properly handled.

If there is enough fat leaked into the pipe, it may get tightly so that you get the wastewater into the basement instead of out of the dwellings and to the nearest treatment plants. It can cause water damage and high costs.

– The municipality’s costs of carrying out the sewage service also increase, because the food fat helps the municipality’s pipes grow back and lead to operational problems in both pumping stations and treatment plants, explains Hofshagen.

– It’s so important that you learn that fat is not going to be near pipes, whether it’s in the sink or the toilet you’re knocking it out.


Vivi Paulsen is a senior engineer at the pollution function at the water and wastewater plant in Oslo. She agrees that too much different ends in the do.

– Food left in the garbage bin, not in the toilet, Paulsen points to Click Housing.

– If you have made too much of something or have children who do not eat for example cereal, you should be careful to sift the milk into the sink and get the pieces of food in the garbage, not into the sink or the toilet.

Paulsen refers to the Oslo municipality’s own website for just this.

– At Dovett. no, you can read about the problems that cause many to throw food residue in the toilet, explains the engineer.

Fat is particularly bad and known to be excellent rat food, so it causes big problems with rats in the sewage that many use the toilet as a garbage bin.

Hofshagen agrees.

– Rats in the drain are fed by grease and food residue rinsed into the drain, and it is therefore important to show fat fat if we are able to keep the rat population down in Norway.

– To avoid creating a major problem with this, by getting rid of food fat correctly and properly.

The expert explains how to best get rid of food fat.

– Remove grease in the frying pan with dry paper and throw it together with the food waste, explains Hofshagen.

– Grease from Christmas ribs, pork meat, minced potatoes and lignins leave it cool and stiff. Then you can scrape it out and throw it together with other food waste. Use dry paper to remove all grease from pots and pans before washing them in the sink or dishwasher..

Fat that does not stiff, on the other hand, you can collect in tight packaging – for example, in a used milk carton.

– This will deliver you to the nearest recycling station where you live, explains Hofshagen.

– Consult the municipality or the waste company about the solution that applies in your municipality. Minor amounts of liquid fat can be poured into the food waste.

Wet wipes, bind and ear pins

No, this is not a garbage bin

HAIR: Even this can help close your tubes. PHOTO: Trine Jensen

There are also several things that should go straight into the garbage bin and never come close to your doing.

– Diapers, binders, tampons and paper towels do not dissolve in water as opposed to toilet paper, designed to do just that, explains Skaar Nielsen.

– Some of these also expand as they get wet. It goes without saying that it will not work well in a drainage pipe.

The plumber explains that cotton spins or Q-tips, if you want, do not have anything to do in the drain.

– The pins tend to cross the pipe and cause accumulation of sewage and paper. The same goes for coffee filters.

In particular, many people are tempted to throw wet wipes in the bathroom and think this does not differ greatly from toilet paper.

– Typical wet wipes, such as those used for babies and diapers, will not dissolve in the same way as toilet paper does, explains Skaar Nielsen.

– These accumulate as big balls in the piping system and may end up sealing them completely.

This confirms Paulsen:

– In surveys we’ve done it turns out that one in ten think it’s ok to throw Q-tips in the toilet. It’s no wonder, because these too cause problems for the pipes. The plaster does not dissolve and the stick often sticks into the pipes together with wet wipes and grease. It’s also a bit disgusting to think that many Q-tips end up in the fjord since the plastic does not dissolve.

Hairy pipes

It’s also not a good idea to throw hair you pull out of the hair brush into the toilet, experts explain.

– Hair clumps into the pipes when it gets wet, forming large balloons, explains Skaar Nielsen, adding:

– And it does not help thinking that it’s only a bit and a bit, it can still clog the pipes and give you big problems.


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