While you’re stuck at home, you’re probably using your appliances more than ever. Take care of them by avoiding common but harmful substitutions. Shortages of toilet paper and other household items are common right now. Unfortunately making substitutions for these hard to find items can cause expensive damage to your water pipes, washing machines and dishwashers. Flushing paper towels, using the wrong soap in your dishwasher and overstuffing your washing machine are just a few actions that can lead to leaks and flooding in your home. Keep reading to learn more about what you can do to avoid damage while stuck at home.


Now that you’re at home more often than ever, you’re probably using your appliances multiple times per day. Unfortunately, cooking every meal at home means that dirty dishes pile up quickly. Your dishwasher can lighten the load but make sure you’re giving it what it needs to function properly. If you run out of dishwasher detergent and can’t get any more for some time, don’t turn to a substitution. Even replacing dishwasher detergent with regular dish soap can cause a disaster. Dish soap creates suds and when you use it in your dishwasher, you run the risk of leaks and overflow.

Another appliance you may be using more than ever while stuck at home is your washing machine. Make sure you treat it with care to keep it running strong. Try not to overstuff your washing machine. This can put stress on your appliance and in some cases keep your washing machine from draining correctly. You should also be careful about the items that end up in your appliance. The following items can cause irreparable damage to your washing machine:

  • Coins
  • Zippers
  • Flammable stains
  • Comforter
  • Embellishments

Bathroom Habits

Covid-19 has brought on a shortage of household items like toilet paper. While not having toilet paper is very inconvenient, you shouldn’t make substitutions. Items like paper towels and baby wipes are not safe to flush and can cause sewer backups. This type of damage is not only inconvenient, it can also be very expensive to fix. Save your wallet the stress and avoid flushing the following items:

  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • Menstrual products
  • Floss
  • Q-Tips
  • Diapers
  • Hair
  • Nail Clippings
  • Food
  • Cooking Grease

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