Officials in California have warned people not to flush t-shirts down their toilets.

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Citizens have been forced to turn to alternative measures as toilet paper sales have skyrocketed by 213 per cent amid the coronavirus crisis.

However, people shredding their t-shirts to use instead of traditional paper have been warned against flushing the garments down the toilet, as it has been putting pressure on drainage systems.

Local media in the city of Redding have reported that t-shirts caused pumps in one of the city's sewer lines to clog at a lift station, which could have led to a dangerous spill.

Officials in the area said the incident showed why it's important to avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper.

A statement read: ''Clogs in the sewer system can cause faecal matter to back up into showers, toilets and sinks, putting the community at large at risk for another health crisis.''