At Gordons Chemists, we've launched our very own Soft Touch Toilet Wipes!
Our toilet wipes have been in the pipeline for a while. We've been driven to introduce these because of the hygienic benefits behind using a wet toilet wipe, which I'll discuss (in not too much detail) below.
But we at Gordons Chemists read the news. We've recoiled at the stories about fatbergs. Moreso, we're saddened by the damage that plastics and other materials that take thousands of years to degrade is doing to our planet. So we made sure - before we launched a wipe that ultimately will be flushed down your toilet - that it wouldn't have a negative impact on our world.
The result is our Soft Touch Toilet Wipes. First and foremost - they're 100% flushable. They're biodegradable - meaning that once they've been flushed down your toilet they'll begin to breakdown into a natural substance that won't harm our world.
I'll go into more detail about this later, but firstly - why should I use a toilet wipe??
Why use a toilet wipe?
I remember reading a magazine article a few years ago (possibly during my Men's Health phase...). It talked about toilet wipes, and the part of my mind that stores away useless nuggets of information has never forgotten something that was mentioned in that article...
As a tip - or a reason to use a wet toilet wipe - it suggested that the reader try the following:
1) Go to the toilet as normal.
2) When you've finished, wipe as you normally would, using toilet paper.
3) When you think you've finished, moisten a piece of toilet paper, and wipe again...
At that point, you'll immediately understand the health benefits in using a wet toilet wipe.
Using a wet toilet wipe leaves you cleaner, and fresher. Our Soft Touch Toilet Wipes have a gentle, refreshing scent, and they've been dermatologically tested. They're suitable for sensitive skin, and they're hypoallergenic (which means they're unlikely to cause you an allergic reaction).
Our Soft Touch Toilet Wipes are designed to be used alongside toilet paper - think of them as part 2 of your new cleansing routine.
Wipe as normal using toilet paper (don't press or rub too hard, and wipe from front to back). When you're finished with toilet paper, use 1 or 2 toilet wipes per flush. You'll be cleaner, and you'll feel fresher. Trust us!
Flushability of Toilet Wipes
Fatbergs... Never thought I'd find myself exploring (in more detail than I'd care to) fatbergs. They're a congealed mass that forms in a sewer system, caused by a build-up of things that shouldn't be in the sewer system (non-biodegradable solid matter, such as non-flushable wet wipes, congealed grease or cooking fat.
In 2013, they discovered a fatberg in London. It was the size of a bus. The following year, they found one that was equivalent to a Boeing 747. Then in 2015, they discovered one that was 120 metres long in Wales.
In 2017 one really made the headlines - 250m long, and 2 months of round-the-clock work to get rid of it. That particular fatberg made it into the Museum of London.
They aren't particularly pleasant sounding (or smelling) things, these fatbergs. Worse though, is what can happen to the sewage system that gets blocked by a fatberg. In 2017 one in Baltimore caused 1.2 million gallons of sewage to be spilled into a river.
Conversation around the use of plastic and other non-biodegradable packaging - particularly those intended for single use - is rightly on the rise. We've all seen photos of crisp wrappers from the 70s being found, and images of rubbish floating around in the ocean. There are the distressing images that show the impact of materials like this on wildlife.
The criticism against the use of such packaging and single-use items is that they're designed to be used for one single time, then thrown away. Plastic doesn't biodegrade (meaning it doesn't breakdown to form a natural substance). It can however degrade (break down) into tiny particles after many years. In the process of breaking down, it may release toxic chemicals (additives that were used to shape and harden the plastic) which make their way into our food and water supply.
And the problem with wet wipes, is that many of these that are available contain plastic fibres that are not biodegradable. In 2014, wet wipes were found on 50% of British beaches. On average, 35 wipes were found PER KILOMETER of British beach.
Our new Toilet Wipes are 100% flushable
They've been subject to strict testing, and are fully compostable and biodegrable in soil conditions (according to the European Norm EN 13432. This is the strictest of all existing norms evaluating compostability and biodegradability).
Our flushable toilet wipes don't contain plastic, or regenerated cellulose. They contain only materials which will readily degrade, in a range of natural environments. They're made from a renewable resource (wood pulp).
In testing, they were placed in soil to breakdown and biodegrade. That soil was then used to grow plants in it, with identical results to soil that wipes weren't placed in.
When you flush them down your toilet (remember, 1-2 only per flush) they'll begin to breakdown. They won't clog up in the pipes, and they'll be gone in a matter of weeks.
A cleaner fresher you, and a cleaner environment for us all. Remember to look for the flushable sign, whenever you're buying toilet wipes.
And remember that our Soft Touch Toilet Wipes aren't intended to replace toilet paper. Think of them as part of a 1-2 routine - paper first, then 1-2 toilet wipes to complete the job.