Paper towels may be similar to toilet paper, but do not make the mistake of flushing paper towels down the toilet. Although paper towels are made of paper that will eventually dissolve in water, this paper is made of higher quality wood pulp, which allows for durability. Paper towels are designed to be absorbent and strong, and don't dissolve quickly - which will result clogging of pipes. They are not intended to be flushed down the toilet. Throw used paper towels in the trash – or switch to cloth, which can be washed and reused.
Toilets are not designed to handle materials other than toilet paper and human waste. Household items, such as wipes, cleaning cloths, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and personal care products may lead to a clog in the toilet that a plunger might not be able to fix. Plumbing problems are often caused by flushing material that are not flushable. Many household products do not break down like toilet paper. Toilet paper is designed to start breaking apart as soon as it contacts water, making it less of an obstruction to toilets and the pipes below.