Only a few things in life can match the joy of cooking new and interesting delicacies for your family.
But sometimes, we get so carried away while making these culinary delights that we forget to follow some simple kitchen rules. And one of the first rules we violate is probably the most important - “never pour grease or oil down the kitchen drain.”
Yeah, we know that technically, there is no cooking rulebook anywhere that explicitly states the above. But believe us - if you want to maintain proper cooking hygiene, you shouldn’t do this!
We know what you might be thinking now - how does pouring grease or oil down the kitchen sink affect your cooking? Well, that is what this brief article is all about.
So, if your interest has been piqued, then keep reading!
Why Should You Never Pour Grease Or Oil Down The Kitchen Drain?
The above rule is applicable not only to the kitchen drain but literally every other drain in your household. However, since most of the oil and grease is used in the kitchen, we have focused most of our discussion on that.
To explain why you shouldn’t pour grease and oil down your drain, we must delve into a little chemistry. Oil and grease are composed of chemicals known as fatty acids and glycerol, which makes them sticky and viscous.
If you dump all of the leftover grease, fats and oils into your kitchen sink, they will stick to the inner walls of your drainage pipe. And over time, the oils and grease will break down into two constituent components.
These, in turn, will react with minerals like calcium, often found in pipe linings or dissolved in the water. They combine to form a soapy, wax-like substance commonly known as fatbergs.
The fatbergs will eventually end up blocking your drains, leading to a mess and more severe plumbing problems. Once the drain becomes blocked, you will need to put up with symptoms like gurgling drains, awful smells and drains overflowing with sewage water.
How To Dispose Of Oil And Grease?
So, how should you deal with the excess grease and oils if you can’t flush them down the drain?
Well, there are a couple of strategies that you can use for this purpose. For greasy substances, such as meat fats, lard, butter and so on, you can let them dry out first and then dispose of them in a separate container. In short, you can get rid of them like any other type of solid garbage.
You can follow a similar approach for cooking oils as well. First, you will need to let them cool, after which you can pour the excess oil into a container. Then, you can either reuse it or throw it away in the garbage bin.
How To Remove Oil And Grease From Your Drain?
If you accidentally get some grease and oil inside the drain, you can get rid of it by pouring some boiling hot water through the pipes. You could also try adding vinegar, baking soda, and hot water for the best results. Alternatively, you can use a hydro jet or a plunger to dislodge the greasy residues from the drain lining.
However, remember that all of the above are relatively short-term solutions. If you want a more foolproof fix, try calling a professional plumber.
Keep Your Drains Clear!
Yes, we admit that you might be tempted to drain the excess fats and oils from the kitchen sink for convenience. But after reading through this brief guide, we hope you will come to see why that’s not the best idea.
Avoid this unhygienic and unsafe practice if you want to keep cooking all those delicious dishes hassle-free. After all, you wouldn’t want to cook and keep all that mouth-watering food beside a filthy overflowing drain now, would you?