Fats, Oils & Grease Myth Busting—Holiday Edition

We bust common myths surrounding fats, oils, and grease disposal.


With Thanksgiving a mere nine days away, we are busting a few common holiday myths surrounding the disposal of FOG (fats, oils and grease).

One way to ensure a clog free holiday season is by properly disposing of all fats, oils and grease after cooking a meal. Pouring fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the kitchen drain will cause sewer clogs that block the flow of wastewater from your home to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. This wastewater can then overflow into your home, yard, street, neighborhood and local waterways. This is a surefire way to spoil a great holiday meal.

Myth 1: You can pour the turkey drippings down the sink.

Turkey drippings are primarily fat, so rinsing a panful down the sink is sure to lead to a clogged pipe. Depending on the state of your plumbing, one pan of turkey drippings might be all that’s needed to completely clog your drain pipe. Instead of rinsing this down the sink, try reusing the drippings by turning it into a gravy, then pour any remaining FOG you have into your Grease Hero drain guard.

Myth 2: Rinsing butter or heavy whipping cream won’t cause an issue.

Holiday baking starts at Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s. That delicious whipped cream and melted butter should not be rinsed down your sink. They will quickly solidify in your drain pipe and sewer line, which make a blockage much more likely. Wipe those bowls out before rinsing them.

Myth 3: The sink disposal can handle any amount of food.

When in doubt, bin it. Your kitchen sink disposal should be used sparingly—it cannot handle large quantities of food. The food that goes into the disposal often gets trapped in the fats, oils and grease lining your drain pipe. This leads to a fowl odor coming from your sink drain. It is also another quick way to clog your plumbing.

Myth 4: Oil from a deep fryer is safe to rinse down the sink.

Rinsing the oil down the sink can be tempting—but don’t do it. That 5+ gallons of oil is not only going to damage your plumbing, but it can easily lead to a sewer overflow into your home or neighborhood. A few options for the gallons used cooking oil: responsibly dispose of it with Grease Hero drain guards, save it for cooking, use a tight sealed container to trash it or place it in a leak-proof container and recycle it.

Here is a handy list of common cooking items containing FOG that should never be put down your kitchen drain: meat fats, lard, cooking oil, shortening, butter/margarine, food scraps, baking goods, sauces, and dairy products.

Responsibly Dispose of FOG Waste with the Grease Hero

The Grease Hero is designed to be placed into the top of your kitchen drain, so you can quickly and easily pour the used cooking fat, oil or grease (FOG) into it, and then promptly dispose of the entire drain guard, instead of rinsing these harmful contaminants down the kitchen sink. Our Grease Hero drain guard is made with recyclable materials to absorb the fats, oils and grease and can be thrown out with your regular garbage.


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