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Product Review: Flush Doggy Poop Bags

13 Sep

I have been trying to figure out what to do about the stinky trash can that results from disposing of dog poop. If I put the poop pickup bags in a trash can in the yard, I can barely stand to go out there, and I keep thinking my neighbors – who don’t own dogs – can smell it. Plus, it attracts flies and other bugs. If I keep the poop in a trash can in the garage … well, let’s just say that I live in Texas, and the temperatures are warm for nine months out of the year, with summertime temps reaching well above 100 degrees. By the time our once-a-week trash pickup comes, the garage reeks so bad that the smell has begun to spread to the house and the neighborhood.

I didn’t used to worry about it so much. I hate to admit this, but since we adults did not use the back yard, we would just pick it up before the mowers came every week. But then we added three small children and a puppy who finds these piles to be irresistible (if you catch my drift), so now we have to clean up as we go. I love having a clean yard all the time, but what to do with the poop?

It seems to me that there are three options for disposing of dog waste that you pick up on walks or in your yard.

  1. A composter like the Doggy Dooley. Cons are that you have to dig a huge hole to put it in and our ground is very hard; you have to add water every day, you have to buy and add enzymes periodically, some customers still complain of strong odor, and some say that the plastic does not withstand extreme heat and sun.
  2. Collect the waste in pickup bags and dispose of them. Cons are a strong, unpleasant odor, flies, and a not-so-earth-friendly substance that accumulates in landfills.
  3. Flush the dog waste with biodegradable bags.

I can’ t believe I had never thought of flushing my dog’s waste down the toilet. But then I found Flush Doggy, the eco-friendly, flushable dog poop bags. These white bags are the same size as other poop bags I have tried (10.75″ x 8.5″), so they can handle anything my big dogs put out. They’re water soluble, so they won’t clog toilets or pipes. Yet they don’t fall apart if you use them on walks. They’ll stay intact for about an hour, so you have plenty of time to get your little package home before the bag dissolves.

There is an art to flushing the bag once you’ve picked up the poop, however. The first time I tried, I backed up my toilet. The reason? Air got trapped inside the bag, creating a large object that wouldn’t go down. The packaging does come with instructions for avoiding this:

  • Do not tie the bag; just leave the top open
  • Flush one poop at a time (it helps to dump the poop out into the water, then drop the bag in after it)
  • Avoid flushing dry or hard feces

I have discovered my own method for flushing. I flush the toilet and the bowl begins to fill with water. I hold the bag over the water. When the water begins to go down, I drop the bag right over the hole and down it goes. I have not had another problem since I started doing this. The suction takes the bag down, ridding it of any air that’s inside. Perfect!

Flush Doggy bags are not recommended for septic systems. The company, http://www.flushdoggy.com, sells them for $19.99 for 100 bags. I have also found them on Amazon. There are other manufacturers of flushable waste bags, so you can find one that you like. Here are the ones I have been able to find:

UPDATE: Eight months later, I’m still using the bags. My yard is always clean for my mowers, my children, and my bare feet. So grateful for these. I haven’t been without a yucky back yard since I’ve had dogs. I will never be without these bags. – LW

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14 responses to “Product Review: Flush Doggy Poop Bags

  1. Kimberly, The Fur Mom

    September 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

    What a great product. Even though we’re on septic, I’m still excited to read about this fantastic option for dog owners. Thanks for sharing. It’ll be fun to see these pop up in our stores.

     
    • Amanda Baxter

      March 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      I can’t believe that I didn’t think of doing this myself! My backyard looks like a minefield of dog poop! We tried bagging it and throwing it away but it never occurred to me to simply flush it down the toilet! The fact that there are special bags for this makes it more “user friendly.” Thanks for the heads up on this.

       
  2. roger j

    September 21, 2012 at 5:10 am

    My wife loves cats so she uses scoop away the poop goes from the box to the toilet very similar to the Poop Bags. I had never heard of the Poop Bags but they sound like a great idea.

     
  3. Labradoodle puppies

    October 25, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Great idea, I wonder if they are available in the UK?

     
  4. michelle rizzi

    October 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Sounds like a good idea. I live in central California where they’ve just past a ban on all plastic bags at retail stores, restaurants,etc. Running out of options…

     
  5. Collin

    December 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Such a great post. I think that this is the #1 problem of the dog owners, the poop of the dog. Well, thanks for sharing this to us.

     
  6. lizandrio

    December 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    This is awesome! I hate carrying Rio’s poo several miles when she poops on a run!

     
    • strofers

      January 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Re: Collin & lizandrio. We make a disposable poop scooper that is light and keeps your hands away from the ‘mess’. You might check it out if the flushable bags don’t work out for you.

       
      • lizandrio

        January 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm

        Cool thanks!

         
  7. poop bags

    December 12, 2012 at 3:06 am

    What a great product. Even though we’re on septic, I’m still excited to read about this fantastic option for dog owners. Thanks for sharing. It’ll be fun to see these pop up in our stores.

     
  8. Sarah Preston

    January 23, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Thanks for highlighting such a great product. I normally use biodegradable ones when i need, but they still have to go in the bin. This is such a simple, but brilliant idea. Will be checking them out and will promote them on my site too – must check if they deliver to the UK…

     
  9. Dog Boarding Toronto

    May 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    This is one of those products you step back and think why didn’t I think of that? lol

     
  10. Christopher

    July 7, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Biodegradable flush poop bags are a great way to dispose of dog poop and keep the yard and trash can clean!

     

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