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‘Flushable’ Wipes Are a Lie

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“Flushable” wipes sound great, in theory. Use them like a baby wipe—on your own grown-up butt, if you want—but no need to toss something with a smear of poop on it into your garbage can. Just flush, and away it goes. But is this really a good idea? Probably not.

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The companies that make flushable wipes are adamant that they dissolve after flushing. Cottonnelle has a web page dedicated to this assertion, stating that the wipes are “made for your pipes” and that they “immediately start to break down after flushing.” The page features an endorsement from a wastewater utility saying that the wipes are “compatible with our system.”

But wipes make up a significant portion of the “fatbergs” that clog city sewers. Ordinary non-flushable wipes are certainly among them, but cities including New York are suspicious of the supposedly flushable ones. NYC’s “respect the flush” campaign tells residents to trash all wet wipes, whether they’re labeled “flushable” or not. The Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t call out flushable wipes by name, but they do say not to flush any type of wipe, only toilet paper.

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In short: I absolutely would not flush a flushable wipe, no matter what the label says.

It only takes a little bit of reading to see a few flaws in the wipe companies’ protests about being flushable. For example, Cottonelle clearly makes an effort to differentiate themselves from those other brands of so-called flushable wipes, which aren’t nearly as flushable as theirs. This suggests that even the makers of flushable wipes know that the word “flushable” on a label should not be taken at face value.

Then there is the warning that you’ll find in fine print on the back of some of these packages: “For best results, flush only one or two wipes at a time.” So the flushability of the wipes is in fact pretty limited: one or two wipes, of certain brands, under the right conditions, may break down. (Cottonelle tested theirs with a one-hour pre-soak and six minutes of stirring time.)

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So even if the wipe manufacturers are right that the wipes are sometimes flushable, that doesn’t mean that flushable wipes are always flushable. Better to stick with what cities and the EPA recommend and only flush the four P’s: poop, pee, puke, and [toilet] paper.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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