Shake it!

“Shake it” experiment:

All you need is a Tupperware box, water, a liner or wipe you want to test, and some music. Follow the instructions below to take part and then send us your photos and record your results. If enough people take part, we should get at the end the first “flushability” chart for UK products ever made!

Equipment needed:

  • 1 x 1 litre capacity, rectangular Tupperware box with a well-sealing lid (if you have to use a different size, just note this at the end of the results form)
  • 0.5 litre of water from the cold tap (or, half the volume of the container you use)
  • At least one sample you are going to test. This could be either a ‘flushable’ nappy liner or something you know isn’t flushable, like a baby wipe, or a piece of toiler toll, which is definitely flushable.
  • Nappy Science Gang flushability test chart
  • A song to shake to – choose from: OutKast ‘Hey Ya’, Taylor Swift ‘Shake It Off’, Metro Station ‘Shake It’
  • Nappy Science Gang flushability test results form
  • Camera/phone

Step by step guide:

  1. Measure out 0.5 litre of water (or half your container volume) from the cold tap and pour it into the box
  2. Add the product you are testing to the half filled container (either toilet roll, non-flushable wipes or wipes labelled as flushable)
  3. Seal the lid firmly and shake the box for the duration of the song you’ve chosen (try and shake in time to the music!)
  4. Open the box, photograph the results and compare the results to the NSG flushability test chart – what result do you get?
  5. Note down the product name and result in the flushability results form and upload photos to the group.
Here's an example of what happens to toilet roll after 3 minutes of shaking

Here’s an example of what happens to toilet roll after 3 minutes of shaking

And here's an example of a wipe labelled as "flushable"!

And here’s an example of a wipe labelled as “flushable”!

This is a non-flushable wipe, completely undamaged

This is a non-flushable wipe, completely undamaged