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Don't Pour That Down the Drain!

Updated on August 25, 2011

A clogged kitchen sink is an unwanted pain. You have to dig out all of your dirty dishes. Get to the drain, dig out all the gunk, and then break out the plunger. Here are some things that you should never pour down the drain to avoid a call to the plumber:

1.Oil or Grease from your pan-Just fried chicken? Cooked some bacon? Over time dumping that greasy oil that gets left over down the drain could clog your kitchen sink. The grease sticks to your pipes which eventually gives you a clog. One idea is to keep an empty medal coffee can and pour the grease you acquire in there. Make sure that the grease is cooled. Hot grease can cause a fire. Put the lid back on your can. When the can becomes full you can throw it out in the trash. Or you can wait till the grease cools down in your pan, and then dump it in the garbage can. But if you have a lot of grease, just be careful that you garbage bag can handle it.

2. Coffee Grounds-Nothing like a good cup of coffee, but not to a kitchen sink. This is no place to dump the grounds as you are cleaning the pot. Dump the grounds in the garbage can, not the sink. If you really want to be environmental friendly, you do not even have to dump the coffee grounds in the trash. Coffee grounds can be scattered in your garden. It is a helpful way of a natural fertilizer. If you have a compost, you can put the grounds in there as well.

3. Cereal, Egg Shells, Fruit Peels-Unless you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, these items shouldn't be crammed down the sink. Especially when you are cleaning fruits and vegetables. Have a bowl on the side of your sink. As you clean your produce, put the peels, leaves, or stems in the bowl. This way nothing can slip through the drain. When you come across a cereal bowl that didn't quite get finished, do not dump the cereal along with the milk down the drain either. This also can clog your sink. And as for those egg shells, well, if you have a compost you can add those along with your coffee grounds!

4. Toxic chemicals- Paints, turpentine, motor oil, hazordous household cleaning products, or even something more simple like nail polish remover. These are some things that if poured down the drain can get into our sewer system or septic system. This is evironmental unsafe. If you do need to discard of these products, just read the manufacter's label for instructions. This is a safer way. Some of these products need to be thrown out in a proper facility. So if you have to pour some of this stuff out, do not do it in your kitchen sink, or any other sink that you have in your home or business.

Avoiding pouring any of these items down the kitchen sink to help you be clog-free. It will save you time and energy in the long run. But if you do end up with a clogged kitchen sink and do not want to call a plumber, products like Drano would help you with the job at hand.


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    • miccimom profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from U.S.A

      Thanks weestro! You should do a hub about how to create a compost. I haven't a clue, and might do one!

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      Pete Fanning 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      Nice Hub, We have a compost for the coffee and egg shells and things, I'll have to be more careful with the grease!

    • miccimom profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from U.S.A

      Glad to help..Thanks!

    • epatera profile image


      7 years ago from Nebraska

      Thanks for the tips - I put my coffee grounds down the drain every day! I'll stop now!

    • miccimom profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from U.S.A

      Thank you carcro!

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      Paul Cronin 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg

      Good advise, you can put coffee grounds in the garden, cereal, fruit peels and egg shells in the compost. Thanks for sharing your expertise!


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