Never Wash Off Facial Tissues

In March and April – in those heady days of the outbreak of the pandemic – nothing seemed more important than toilet paper. The items we buy with the intent of getting dirty and then throwing away suddenly became valuable enough to spark fistfights in the grocery aisles and out-of-control crowds at Costco , and many people were forced to look for alternatives. The problem with most TP alternatives, however, is that they should never be rinsed off, including the usual one that might seem relatively harmless: facial wipes. There could be a lot of toilet paper again (did you squeeze Charmin today?), But when we re-posted this story “out there but by the grace of God” about the reusable tissue alternative (no) earlier today, one of our Twitter followers chimed in with an important reminder:

I now knew that for the health of our waste disposal systems, we didn’t have to flush wipes – not even so-called “flush wipes” – but not flushing Kleenex was new to me. But history confirms: Cynthia Finley, director of regulatory affairs for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, spoke to the New York Times several years ago about what to rinse and what not to rinse, and the wipes were completely irrelevant. list.:

“Facial wipes may seem safe to rinse off because they look a lot like toilet paper. But unlike toilet paper, facial tissues have been treated with a chemical binder that takes time to break loose and disintegrate when washed off, Ms. Finley said.

Indeed, even the tissue manufacturer Kleenex tells you not to do so in the FAQ section on their website (ignore the fact that it tells you that you absolutely don’t have to worry about rinsing off the washable tissue, which you definitely shouldn’t. either ) .I can not count the number of facial tissue, I lightly tossed in a jar instead of in the trash, but now I do not know, never do it again. Consider this added to the list, next to cutting the plastic rings that hold the soda cans together and putting on the damn mask .

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