I am from a country where the toilet paper is not flushed but thrown to a bin close to the toilet. I think that the European system is more hygienic, but I always have this question when I use the toilet.

I usually end up flushing several times in order to prevent a possible clog, but I don't want to waste more water than needed.

How could I know when is too much paper? Is there any trick or rule of thumb? or do I have to learn the hard way clogging a few times the bathroom?

  • I do not have experience with this, but my own observation is: flush the toilet, if it's the type that fills a bit and makes a slow "swirl" then avoid throwing tissues, if it's the type that has a strong stream kind of flush, then throw them.. that's what i do and it always worked.. Oct 29, 2018 at 21:59
  • @NeanDerThal that effectively doubles your water usage....
    – ajd
    Oct 29, 2018 at 23:51
  • @NeanDerThal You never throw tissues in any toilet...
    – user40521
    Oct 30, 2018 at 14:12
  • @JanDoggen this is travel.SE, not english.SE 😂 Oct 30, 2018 at 17:58

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A European toilet can easily handle 10-15 sheets, don't worry. It depends a little on the thickness of the paper and the quality of the plumbing of course.
You don't have to flush multiple times.

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    You flush as often as needed until everything is gone. Which is usually but not always once. And only toilet paper, no other paper.
    – gnasher729
    Oct 29, 2018 at 23:12

note that you should use only toilet paper, not tissues or anything else, which will cause a block more likely.

If by chance you will be in Italy, it will be easier, we have also bidet with which you can clean yourself without having to use 1 kg of paper.


I have lived in Europe most of my life and had to handle the odd stomach bug or other All-adults-here cases resulting in a lot of toilet paper going down that drain. Rough estimates being upwards of 25 sheets of triple-layered paper.

I have yet to have a toilet flush fail on me.

They are built to cope with what is expected to come down.

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