Do you flush every time?

@deejean06 (1953)
United States
March 6, 2009 9:00am CST
I've read that flushing every single time wastes a lot of water and that it's not good for the environment. However I think it's a habit now that I just automatically flush after every time. Would you not flush to save the environment? Or do you think this is not very pretty to say the least and would flush every time no matter what? What do you do? What do you think?
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9 responses
• United States
6 Mar 09
I was living in Miami for 8 years. Home owners who have a tuff time with bills don't flush after each use. The saying goes if it's yellow let it mellow. if it's brown flush it down. They leave bleach in the toilet to clear the urine. No one had a stink bathroom or grew bacteria while saving water.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
6 Mar 09
I love the saying! Thanks so much for sharing!
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• United States
6 Mar 09
Your very welcome
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• United States
6 Mar 09
That saying is not just for Miami... many towns were the water and sewer rates have gone through the ceiling experience the same thing and I personally know of many people who employ the same logic... If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down" There are also many people with cabins or with weak septic systems who do the same thing out of necessity and yes a good bleach toilet tab keeps there from being any hygiene issues. I have an issue with the pseudo-conservation act of putting containers inside the toilet tank to reduce the amount of water in each flush. Really the containers inside the tank to reduce the water flow simply make it so that you have to flush 3-4 times to get it to go down or you're using a plunger with every bowel movement.... that logic simply is flawed... you end up taking more time for a simple thing and using more water.
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• United States
6 Mar 09
If I poo, yes always. If I pee and it is pretty clear pee, then it can wait to be flushed. If it is yellow, I flush it.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
6 Mar 09
Thanks for the response! I guess it's pretty much routine for all of us!
• United States
6 Mar 09
I agree completely.
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@mamalev (264)
• Philippines
6 Mar 09
You'll have a stinky toilet if you don't flush everytime. The best solution to conserve water is get a bottle or a platic gallon and fill it with water then put it inside the flush tank (that is if you have one) so that when you flush there'd be less water.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
6 Mar 09
I agree - that's why I didn't want to take their advice right off the bat. Thanks for the bit of advice!
@falconx (255)
• Finland
6 Mar 09
I think it's good idea to flush it every time, or the waste may stick permanently to the bowl :PP
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@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
12 Mar 09
I would love to save the environment. But sad to say, if we don't flush the effect would be a stinky toilet. I have no choice. One mall in our area has changed their urinal into "no flush urinals". This is really great. It saves a lot of water. I really don't know how but from what I understand the urinals are designed with no flushing yet no stinking odor. Hopefully the rest will follow. This will really save the environment.
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
12 Mar 09
That is a really great feature! Unfortunately I don't want to install a urinal in my home... so I'll just keep flushing the toilet. Thanks for the response!
• Singapore
7 Mar 09
Hi deejean, Well... Maybe it wastes a lot of water while flushing (well actually it really does), but still, I find it quite unhygienic if I don't flush after each use. Some toilet bowls allow for half-flushes so if one is doing just small business, that is one viable option.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
9 Mar 09
Thanks for the response! It's good to know that I'm not the only one who thinks that it's ok to flush after every time.
@loveyevi (513)
• United States
6 Mar 09
Well I drink a lot of water, so I use the bathroom quite a bit. I usually always flush no matter what. Except if I am up late at night, if I pee, I will usually not flush it till morning. I am up late all the time and frequent the bathroom quite often. The toilet flushing is really loud, and because I live in an apartment building, and the walls are thin. I do not want to flush the toilet and bother anyone in the middle of the night. Also, I do like to conserve water for the environment. I have been not flushing at night for a long time, and there has been no adverse effects on my toilet, so I imagine it can't be too bad not to flush.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
9 Mar 09
Thanks for the response! Sometimes we don't flush at night either only because we're afraid to wake each other and the baby. I can totally relate to the loud flushing and the thin walls!
@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
6 Mar 09
I'm so use to flushing after every time I use the toilet, I don't know that I could ever stop doing it. Right now, I really need to flush to toilet since I have a case of the squirts right now, and it wouldn't look too pretty if I didn't. That would not be a pretty picture to be going to the bathroom, and seeing that. Besides, we don't pay water, so we don't have to worry about it.
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
9 Mar 09
Well - I certainly hope you are feeling better... We do pay for water but I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks it's better to always flush. Thanks for the response!
@peavey (16306)
• United States
6 Mar 09
"If it's yellow, let it mellow, if it's brown, flush it down." That's pretty much what I do. Toilets take an average of 6 gallons of water each time we flush. Urine does not smell when mixed with water, until/unless it becomes very strong, so there's really no reason to flush after every use. With so many droughts around the world, potable water is becoming more scarce, so it makes sense to save where we can.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
6 Mar 09
Thanks - I'll share that with my husband and we'll try to save where we can.
@Anne19 (300)
• Philippines
6 Mar 09
I don't know. But personally flushing is already my routine after urinating. If we don't flush it, I think it will be unhygienic. Just my opinion though, no offense meant.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
6 Mar 09
I agree - I don't know what these environmentalists are thinking... Thanks for the response!