Oftentimes, it's not until a clog occurs that we start to carefully reconsider everything we pour down the kitchen sink. Besides preventing clogs, proper disposal of some of these items prevent environmental damage to waterways.
Here's a list of things NOT to rinse down the sink -
1.COOKING OIL & GREASE
When you pour grease down the drain it sticks to the inside of your drain pipes, and when grease or oil congeals, it can cause a clog in the pipe.
Pouring dairy products down your drain is terrible for the environment. It takes a lot of oxygen to break down milk and dairy, taking oxygen away from marine life that need it to survive.
3.SAUCES & CONDIMENTS
When poured down the drain, they can block sewer lines and create backups. Backups can lead to basement flooding and sewage overflowing.
Coffee grounds cannot be easily dissolved because they bind together and cause blockage in the drain. It is best to put them on your garden trees or plants.
Leftover food when dumped in the sink can stick to the walls and create a clog, or get stuck at a point where the pipes curve.
The small amount of flour left after baking or cooking should be disposed into the trash instead of washing it out in the kitchen sink because it coagulates when mixed with water. It can stick and clog the pipes and be hard to dissolve.
Seeds are smaller in size and it can easily flow through the sink, but as it stays in water, its size grows bigger and blocks the way over time –Also it is hard to break down.
Chemicals can easily dissolve into the sink and often don't damage your sink but can definitely damage the environment when mixed with water –The presence of chemicals in water will damage the life on water and harm the soil health.
Avoid these to save your home from turning into a stinky breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Scrape the plates clean, into the trash or compost, before putting them in the sink.
Remember How You Clean matters and just a few precautions while processing food waste can help in keeping your home and our planet clean!