We may be past the great toilet paper shortage, but that does not mean you have to stop thinking about toilet paper alternatives. Whether you have completely run out of toilet paper, or if you are just curious about trying something different, acquaint yourself with these potential substitutes.

When you are looking for an alternative to toilet paper, your first thought might be toward wet wipes. It is true that they can be more effective for cleaning yourself, and they are great for those who spend a lot of time hiking or camping. They can also be an enormous asset when potty training a child.

Even though many wet wipes brand themselves as “flushable” wipes, it is very dangerous for your plumbing. Yes, these flushable wipes will eventually break down in your plumbing system, but they take a significantly longer time to do so compared to normal toilet paper. That means if you end up flushing a lot of these wet wipes down the drain, you could look at a serious clog, which leads to serious plumbing problems.

Despite the name, flushable wipes should never be flushed down the toilet. To save yourself potential problems, you need to know what else you should not be flushing down the toilet: facial tissues, baby wipes, napkins, hair, cotton balls, diapers, tampons, condoms, plastics, and food.

You should stick with the basics when flushing your toilet: toilet paper, human waste, and water. That leads to another alternative that keeps in line with that advice, by using water to help clean yourself. Yes, it’s the bidet.

Because you already have access to clean water, installing a bidet can be quick, easy, and sanitary. There is no need to spring for a fancy, high-end model, either. While there is a high-tech bidet with electronics and heated water, it’s unnecessary to overwhelm yourself with a more expensive model. In fact, a standard bidet attaches to your existing water line, and it can be a DIY project that you could easily tackle.

Bidets are a tried-and-true method of cleaning yourself, which is clear in its nearly 300 year history. They are very common in homes throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and are installed in roughly 90 percent of all households.

So when you consider alternatives to toilet paper, think about how they might affect your plumbing system. To learn more about flushable wipes, bidets, or any other alternative to toilet paper, contact Kellermeier Plumbing today at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.