Why wet wipes should not be put in a chemical (or other) toilet

Wet wipes are becoming increasingly popular/  The practical helpers are mainly used as cosmetic wipes as well as for household cleaning. Reason enough for the European market leader Albaad Deutschland GmbH, which operates a factory in Drawsko Pomorskie in north western Poland, to point out the different disposal methods for wet wipes and wet toilet paper: "Unlike wet toilet paper, all other wipes such as make-up remover, disinfectant and baby wipes do not belong in the toilet," says Wolfgang Tenbusch, CEO of Albaad Germany. The reason for this lies in the different basis material.

 

"Modern wet toilet paper consists of organic fibres in a water-soluble composite, which is why it dissolves rapidly in the sewer system," explains Tenbusch. In contrast, wet wipes for household cleaning, cosmetics and baby care are made of a tear-resistant viscose-polyester fabric. "These fibres are mechanically interlinked and therefore extremely tear-resistant," says the graduate industrial engineer. If such wipes get into the sewer system through the toilet, they are entangled there with tampons, kitchen paper and other impurities to form tear-resistant clusters, which can block pipes and pumping stations. Therefore, household cleaning, baby and cosmetic tissues as well as tampons, cotton buds and sanitary towels must not be disposed of in the toilet. Like diapers, they must be disposed of with household waste.

 

No intent, rather thoughtlessness reason for wrong disposal

The cause for the wrong disposal is probably a mixture of unawareness and thoughtlessness. Therefore, wet wipes for baby care and make-up removal, which are used in the bathroom and thus "close to the toilet", are often improperly disposed of in the toilet. We also produce wet wipes for car interior care: "Nobody would think of running from the garage to the bathroom to flush the cockpit care wipe down the toilet," says Tenbusch.

 

Wet toilet paper can generally be disposed of where it is normally used – in the toilet. The Albaad Group has developed "Hydrofine", a basis material for wet toilet paper that is completely biodegradable and does not require chemical binders or synthetic fibres. Hydrofine-based toilet paper decomposes even faster due to the mechanical effects of the water eddies in the sewage system. After use, it begins to dissolve into its biodegradable components in a very short time.

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