We’re all guilty of pouring leftovers down the sink instead of cleaning them up from time to time. It’s much easier, and can’t really do any harm…can it?
While your drains may be able to keep up for a while, it’s only a matter of time until all that grease and grime clogs them up for good. Here are 10 things you should never, ever pour down the sink, however lazy you might be feeling!
1. Don’t put flour down the sink
If this isn’t a wonderful excuse to ‘lick the bowl’ I don’t know what is.
If you’ve ever made a cake, you’ll know what happens when flour meets liquid – a bit, gloopy mess. Now imagine that happening on the inside of your drain – not very conducive to a clear flow of water, right? Flour is something you should never put down your drain if you want to avoid a messy drain blockage.
2. Milk should not be put down the drain
This one is a little surprising, to say the least.
Putting milk (or any other dairy products for that matter) down the drain can have serious environmental consequences. So serious in fact, that UK businesses can actually be fined for doing it. This is because milk requires large quantities of oxygen to be broken down into the environment, depriving other organisms of the air they need to survive.
Next time you buy milk products, make sure you check the expiry date and give yourself plenty of time to consume them. You’ll be doing your drains, and the environment a favour!
3. How to dispose of coffee grounds
There are loads of things you can do with coffee grounds, but throwing them down your drain isn’t one of them.
Coffee smells so delicious that it’s easy to think it may actually freshen up your dirty drain, but in reality, it will only cause problems. Coffee grounds stick together, and can easily block your pipes after time. A much idea is to add them to your compost heap – your plants will love them.
4. Small fruit & veg stickers can cause big problems
Hopefully, our savvy readers are sensible enough not to do this anyway, but if you are ever tempted to throw fruit or veg stickers down the drain, please don’t.
These sticky little bits of plastic may not look very harmful, but they’ll take years and years to compost down – bad news for your pipes, and the environment too.
5. Small seeds & grains can cause problems too
Speaking of small items, seeds nuts and grains can also cause a problem for our drains.
This applies to generic things like corn kernels, cherry pits and more specifically, chia seeds, which expand in water – a nightmare for your drain pipes to deal with. If you want to keep your pipes clear, be mindful of seeds, pips and grains, no matter how small they are!
Do not put them down the drain, but instead throw them in the bin or add them to your compost. Some seeds can even be tossed out for your feathered friends, who will no doubt appreciate the tasty treat.
6. Bones belong in the bin
Even if you have a very efficient garbage disposal system, it still won’t be any match for bones.
The odd fishbone here and there is fine, but bigger bones from poultry and larger animals will make blades blunt and weaken the machine’s mechanics. This will cause it to become much less efficient much sooner than it should.
As bones will rarely be broken down completely, they are likely to clog pipes, which will prevent other liquid from filtering through.
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