Women use tampons during their menstrual cycles to soak up the blood. Many women are unsure of removing and disposing of their tampons properly. The problem is even bigger for those who look for a discreet way to get rid of tampons. No need for skip hire companies of professionals here, just some quick easy steps to follow. Read on!
Why not flush Tampons down the Toilet?
Research shows that women in the UK flush 2.5 million tampons down the toilet every day. Experts suggest never flushing tampons down the toilet. Three things belong down the toilet: poo, pee, and toilet paper.
Whilst not ideal, if you are using tampons made of 100% cotton material and have a septic tank, then it is possible and ok if you can flush it down the toilet.
On the other hand, if you have conventional tampons made of plastic overwraps, it won’t break up and as such should be disposed of in a different manner.
The same applies to other feminine products of the same material. This means you can’t flush wipes, applicators, pads, or tampons down the toilet.
After removing your tampon, you must dispose of it correctly. You may wish to put it in a discreet bathroom bin that can remove it from public eyes until a better time when you can properly dispose of them.
Otherwise, it will clog the toilet drain or pipes, and you have to call the plumber to unclog them, costing you some money.
How to Dispose of Tampons at Home?
Remove the tampon correctly by relaxing your pelvic muscles. Insert two fingers and grasp the product or its string and then pull it out gently. Check the tampon properly to ensure its pieces are not left in your vagina.
Once you have removed the tampon from your vagina, wrap a toilet paper around the tampon to prevent blood from dripping and protect your hands from contacting the blood on the product. Wrapping the tampon in the toilet paper is a great way to remain discreet and hidden.
After securing the tampon in the toilet paper, you will have to dispose of it in the garbage. Throw the tampon away in the garbage bin as soon as possible to avoid the mess and get rid of it discreetly.
Sometimes, tampons can produce a foul odour due to menstrual blood on it if you leave it out for a few days. Although you can keep your wrapped tampon in the bathroom cupboard or next to the garbage bin for a day or two, we recommend getting rid of it immediately is a wise idea.
How to Dispose of Tampons in a Public Washroom?
If you are not at home and want to get rid of your used tampon, you can dispose of it in the public washroom. Start the process by carefully removing the tampon from your vagina. Use a toilet paper to wrap the tampon to protect your hands from touching the blood or avoid dripping it on the washroom floor.
Make sure you wrap the product a few times in the toilet paper to dispose of it discreetly. Once you have covered it, use the small metal bin in the public washroom or toilet to throw the tampon. Some public toilets have dedicated containers labelled “tampons only.” After throwing the tampon in the bin, close the bin’s lid properly.