Our sinks are blocked in our house at the moment. First it was the kitchen sink; but once we bought a plunger we were able to fix it pretty quickly.
But then the bathroom sink got blocked.
So I thought: "I know! I'll just go and get the plunger and then it'll be fixed". I was so naive.
Well, I did get the plunger and I did plunge the bathroom sink and to my actual horror and disgust (I could see my facial expressions get more and more emphatic in the bathroom mirror), murky and dirty water started coming up out of the plug hole.
This really wasn't supposed to happen.
My boyfriend's shaved facial hairs were swimming around the oh-so-recently clean sink.
The plunger is meant to move things around and then it all goes down again.
Well that didn't happen and this dirty dirty water was sitting in my sink now.
Anyway, I did the only thing a rational-minded person would do: I kept going.
Before I knew it, stuff started coming out. (hahaha - my first impression was to say "shit" started coming out. Not to refer to faeces, but to refer to rubbish. But upon reflection, the context of this situation would have made that confusing). Like non-liquid stuff.
I couldn't identify most of it, but then an ear cleaner came out. Like a cotton bud.
I can't tell you how horrified I was.
I thought everything was going to go DOWN the sink.
The actual most disgusting part of this story is that I know for a fact that my boyfriend doesn't use ear cleaners, and I have NEVER in my life put one down the sink hole.
So that was someone else's ear cleaner.
There's just no way to make that story better. Let's move on.
But it does take me to an interesting place. I actually went on a tour of the water treatments plant recently, and this issue of the ear cleaners actually did arise.
Heaps of people put them down the sink. That and baby wipes.
I took a photo of the most common plastic stuff people flush down the loo. (hahahaha - I love talking about this. It brings about the most ridiculous sentences. For example, I wrote this sentence in error: "I actually have a picture of the most common stuff people flush down the loo". Woops.)
I actually have a picture of the most common PLASTIC stuff people flush down the loo.
7 tonnes of plastic stuff is sent down the sinks and loos into the sewage each week, from just this particular water treatment plant I visited.
All of that goes into landfill.
Some of this stuff - the plastic toy, the plastic key tag, the bottle lid - could otherwise have been recycled. Some of it can't. And I don't even know about ear cleaners, neither does the Sustain Me app. Better research that one. Golly damn it. It is so confusing trying to keep track of what is and isn't recyclable. On our end, we are actively trying to make the app as comprehensive as possible.
The tour guide did tell us the most convincing reason why we probably should just dispose of this stuff correctly.
Because it blocks your sinks.
And blocked sinks have a tendency of spewing stuff back at you at the most inconvenient times.