Think before Think before
you ush you ush
Toilet paper vs ushable wipes
Its important to only ush the 3 P’s down the
toilet - pee, poo, and toilet paper. They can
all ow through the sewers and reach the
wastewater treatment works safely.
Sometimes, people ush other things such as
cotton buds, rubbish, and wet wipes. All these
things can cause a blockage, resulting in ooding
in your home and problems in the pipes.
Have a go at this experiment, and discover what
happens to a wipe when its ushed, compared to
toilet paper.
What equipment
will I need?
2 plastic containers or bottles with lids
2 pieces of toilet paper per experiment
1 ushable wipe per experiment
Tap water
Clock or stopwatch for counting in seconds
What do you think will happen?
Fair testing
How I will make it a fair test and keep all things the same?
The only dierence should be the two types of material.
Write down four ways to make it a fair test.
I will need to ensure the materials (wipe and toilet paper) are the same .......................
I will need to use the same size and shape .......................
I will need to use the same amount of .......................
I will need to shake the ....................... for the same length of .......................
Overview Add some toilet paper and wipes to two separate containers and shake them as if
they were ushed.
Words to help you:
A diagram of my
Label the apparatus
Wipe or toilet paper
What happened in the experiment?
What did I nd out and why did it happen?
Both containers
must have the
same amount of
water inside.
Use a clock or
stopwatch to
help time the
What am I going to do?
Put 500ml of water in to each container or
enough for the container to be to full.
Add one ushable wipe to one container.
Add two pieces of toilet paper to the second container.
Shake each container for 9 seconds to represent a toilet
ush (a standard toilet ushes for nine seconds).
Look at both containers and compare the materials inside.