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Cooking Tips – Do Not Pour Grease and Oil Into Drains & Toilets

Cooking fats, oils, shortenings and grease are all widely around the world for cooking of all types. In fact many products such as sauces, gravies, animal juices and other fluids with fat can create problems on home drainage and sewage systems.

Times such as during holidays, the extra use of these high fatting products can cause a problem when poured down sinks or toilets. These fats will collect inside sewer pipes and drains leading to backups in your home and costly and frustrating repairs.

Tips to deal with fats:

  1. Never pour greases down any drains, sinks or toilets.
  2. Scrap grease and put food scraps in the trash.
  3. Put the rest into a container and put grease and oil into the freezer preventing a mess.
  4. Toss frozen grease into the trash before trash day.


  1. Crystal Mexico on January 18, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Ive done it on ocassion, but I usually do it as the HOT water is running and i throw some dawn dishsoap down the drain to try to break it up as it goes down. Otherwise, we use the large tin coffee can and empty it when need be.

  2. Wendy T on January 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm


    I have to figure this out and find a better system.

    I echo what Eileen said, too. My problem was with potato peelings. Now I don’t put those down the disposal anymore either.

  3. Eileen on January 3, 2012 at 3:39 am

    I also learned to not throw certain things into the garbage disposal/drain. Pasta or rice are also NOT a good idea. They expand or stick and it is a HUGE mess to fix. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos on December 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Yep, I learned that the hard way…. lol