How to flush a toilet: EASY Steps!

You’ve probably heard of the saying “everything has a first time.” For many people, using a toilet for the first time can be quite daunting. It’s not as simple as it looks, especially if you’re not familiar with how plumbing works.

 Fortunately, flushing a toilet is not as hard as it sounds. In fact, once you know what you’re doing, flushing a toilet is quite easy and can be done in just a few seconds. So whether you fear that you won’t remember how to flush your home toilet or want to learn this useful life hack, keep reading to discover everything you need to know about flushing a toilet correctly and effectively.

Why is flushing a toilet so important?

Toilets are designed to turn human waste into liquid. This liquid can then go through a pipe and outside of your house. So why is it important to flush a toilet after using it? If you don’t flush a toilet, you’re leaving waste behind that’s going to smell.

Nobody likes to live in a home that smells bad. Flushing a toilet after each use helps keep your home smelling nice and clean.  Toilet paper can also build up in the bowl of the toilet.  Doing this regularly can make your toilet clog and break down, which will cost you a lot of money to repair. 

How to flush a toilet correctly

 In fact, it’s pretty simple: 

Just follow these steps. 

Step 1: Prep your toilet. – First, you want to make sure your toilet is ready to be flushed. This includes putting down the lid. 

Step 2: Press the right button. – Then, decide which button to press on your toilet. The button you choose will determine how much water your toilet uses to flush. The small button is used for pee. The bigger button is used for poop as this requires more water to flush.  

Step 3: Press it. – Finally, press the button on your toilet to flush it. As long as you followed the above steps, you’ll be fine. After flushing your toilet, you can sit back and relax. You did it! If there are two buttons, you should only push one. Don’t push both at the same time!

Example of a toilet with a flush bottom in the toilet tank. Push it down gently. Image by PlumbingInstantFix. All rights reserved.

Most newer toilets have a wall-mounted flush. Older toilets might have a flush inside the toilet itself. You will have to push the part down in the toilet. Don’t push it too hard as these parts can break quite easily. You also shouldn’t push them too deep.

Some toilets only have one button. Push it gently on the lower part of it. Image by PlumbingInstantFix. All rights reserved.

Some toilets also have a handle that you have to push down. Once again, don’t use too much force when you do this.

In trains or airplanes, you might have to use your foot to activate the flush. This is done for hygienic reasons. You will have to find a big button on the floor and push your foot down on it. This can cause quite a lot of noise so be prepared for this!

What are the two buttons on the toilet for

Dual flush toilet. Image by PlumbingInstantFix. All rights reserved.

The next thing you should know about flushing a toilet is what each button does. This will help you determine which button to use for your toilet paper.

The small button is used after peeing. The bigger one is for poop. There are separate buttons for this as poop needs more water to get flushed. We want to save water with these separate buttons. This is why newer toilets often have two buttons. 

It is important to remember that there are a lot of things that you can’t throw in the toilet. This ranges from food, dirt, cooking oil to wet wipes. All of these items don’t dissolve in the toilet drain and can cause clogs. Your toilet won’t work anymore and this can lead to expensive repairs. All of these items should go in the trash bin instead of the toilet!

Which toilet button is for poop

The button on the left is for pooping. This button is larger and is designed to create a powerful flush that can push everything down the pipe. The button on the right is for flushing toilet paper. It uses less water than the other button and this saves on water usage.

If there is only one button, you have to use this one. Older toilets don’t have two buttons as this is only a fairly new invention. The amount of water that these older toilets flush can be adjusted in the toilet tank.

Which button do I press on a dual flush toilet?

If you have a ‘dual flush’ toilet, it has two buttons. One button is larger than the other. The biggest button is used after pooping. The smaller button is used after peeing. You should only push one button at the same time. It takes some time before the toilet tank is refilled and you can flush again. You should hear water flowing when the tank is being filled. Wait until you don’t hear the water flowing before you flush again. If you notice that the toilet bowl is still dirty after flushing, you can flush it again. 

You can also use a toilet brush to clean the toilet bowl if needed. 


Flushing a toilet is not as scary as it sounds. With the right knowledge, you can confidently flush your toilet and make sure it keeps running smoothly. Whether you’re a first-time flusher or have been doing it for years, you can always learn more about how to do something better. Thankfully, flushing a toilet is not a difficult task. With the right approach, you can confidently flush your toilet every time and make sure it keeps running smoothly.

With these tips, you should be able to use any toilet! Don’t push too hard or often and you will be fine.