After cooking a meal, it is tempting to simply wash leftover food down the drain. Unfortunately, many of those leftovers can cause clogged pipes. Here are fifteen things that should never go down the drain.
1. Fats such as lard or grease should be put in a trash bin. Grease sticks to the inside of pipes and can clog the drain as it solidifies.
2. Fatty meats and gristle should not go down the drain either. The fat can clog the drain and a disposal cannot grind up gristle.
3. Stringy vegetables such as celery or lettuce should not go down the drain. This stringy food can wrap around the blades of a disposal and cause it to malfunction.
4. Similarly, egg shells should not be put into a disposal. The membrane of the egg can also wrap around disposal blades.
5. Pits from peaches or cherries should go in the trash. The disposal blades are not sharp enough to grind up pits.
6. Bones should not go down the rain either.
7. Pasta should not be rinsed down the drain as semolina continues to swell once it is washed into the pipes.
8. Rice also swells when it is sent down the drain.
9. While the rinds of lemons and oranges may make your drain smell fresh when put into the disposal, eventually the thick peels can clog the drain.
10. Paper towels should go into the trash can. Unlike toilet paper which is designed to break up easily, they will clog the drain.
11. Although coffee grounds are fine particles, they can clog the drain over time.
12. Tea leaves, like coffee, will also clog the drain.
13. Flour should also go into the trash. It thickens and hardens inside the pipes.
14. Jellies that contain gelatin will continue to swell inside the pipes and can clog the drain.
15. Sand and dirt should not go down the drain. Rinse off sandy shoes or rags outside.
While broken disposals and clogged pipes are a concern, it is also important to remember that many of these items are toxic and will end up in a water system. Why not eliminate the hassle of clogged pipes and help protect the environment as well?