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Are flushable wipes really flushable?

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Companies like Cottonelle and Charmin heavily advertise the convenience of their flushable wipes.

But a new investigation from Consumer Reports reveals flushable wipes may be a product of deceptive advertising.

Plumbers make a lot of house calls that involve clogged toilets, backed up sewer lines and flooded basements. The culprit: flushable wipes.

Consumer Reports examined four flushable wipes from Cottonelle, Charmin, Scott and Equate.

Each product claims to be flushable and "sewer and septic safe." The boxes also state the wipes "break up after flushing."

In Consumer Reports' standard tests, toilet paper broke down the quickest. But when experts ran the same test with the flushable wipes, they didn't break down at all.

Testers later ran the wipes for ten minutes in a mixer, but they still didn't break apart.

However, Consumer Reports found that after soaking overnight, two of the products – Cottonelle and Scott – did break down. But even after 12 hours, the wipes from Charmin and Equate still stayed in one piece.

Consumer Reports experts say if you use these products, you should not flush them down the toilet.

To read more, visit ConsumerReports.org.

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