We are debunking three common cooking oil and grease disposal myths and shining a light on how to responsibly dispose of them. There is a great deal of information swirling around the internet regarding proper disposal of cooking fats, oils and grease (commonly referred to as FOG). It is the time of year where cities start to remind people that FOG should never be rinsed down the kitchen sink. No matter how much hot water or soap you squirt down the drain, you are only setting the stage for a major plumbing issue in your home.
Myth 1: If it is a liquid at room temperature it is alright to pour down the drain.
Cooking oil, such as canola and olive float, on water and adhere to the plumbing in your home and sewer pipes. It is best to avoid pouring oil down the drain altogether to keep sewage problems at bay.
Myth 2: Using the garbage disposal will help dispose of the oil and grease.
A garbage disposal is only equipped to grind up food particles before passing them into your sewer pipes. Rinsing oil and grease down the kitchen sink drain, and sending food particles down the drain as well, means that the food is now sticking to the inside of your plumbing and will create a foul odor while building up and turning into a clogged pipe.
Myth 3: Using soap and hot water will help keep my pipes clear.
This is one of the most prominent myths out there. Soap and hot water will not keep your drains clear. Hot water quickly cools in your plumbing and the oil and grease will only float on the surface of it while adhering to your plumbing. Soap loses its effectiveness very quickly and allows grease to congeal to your pipes.
Eco-Friendly Grease Disposal Method: The Grease Hero
The Grease Hero is a convenient and hassle-free way of disposing of cooking fats, oils and grease after cooking a meal. The drain guard is made of recycled materials and quickly absorbs the fats, oils and grease that you pour into it directly from your cooking pan. You then simply dispose of the entire drain guard into your trash. This keeps that harmful FOG contaminants out of your plumbing, city sewers and the environment.
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